New Paltz Students making a HUGE difference with Move Out Recycling Program

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 This face book page  ( ttps://www.facebook.com/newpaltzrecycles)  was just shared with me. It contains the most amazing and heart warming stories of how students can truly make a huge difference. They have organized “Move Out Programs”  to reclaim all the things that accumulate in a dorm room over a year but may not need to be dragged home to mom and dad’s.  
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 They organized “Recycling Carnevals” and “Bike Swaps” Just incredible, check them out.

 

Touring SIMS Recycling Plant in Brooklyn, amazing!

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In December of 2013, the SIMS Recycling Plant in Brooklyn started operation. What a cool facility.

This facility does all of NYC curbside commingled recycling and half of its paper.  Right now about 19,000 tons per month. About 2/3 of the daily tonnage comes in by barge from the two transfer stations in the metro area. One in the Bronx and the other in Queens. The rest comes in by truck. unnamed

The recycling plant sorts out glass, metal and all plastics. It is quite something to see the process. 75 jobs have been created thus far, and they are expecting to ad many more as the education department grows as well as tonnage goes up and they can expand production from 10 hrs per day to 16 hrs per day.

The plant is not open for the public yet, but we were allowed on a sneak peak tour. There is an absolutely fabulous education center, about 95% finished, and they are expecting to welcoming many school classes by September.

Transporting materials by barge takes about 240,000 DSNY collection truck miles per year of the road. You do the math when a diesel truck gets about 2.8 miles per gallon.

This facility sports a large Solar installation as well as soon to come a wind turbine. It shows that sustainability and solutions to todays problems can be solved, if one just wants to.

How to teach kids about Sustainability

Education is the key.

We only protect what we love,

We only love what we know,

We only know what we learn about.

Photo Courtesy by Shutterstock
Photo Courtesy by Shutterstock

So you want to be a good role model and teach kids—whether your own, nieces and nephews or a classroom—how to respect nature, be mindful of the waste they create and more. In short, to teach them about sustainability. And have fun doing it. Where do you start?

http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/10/teach-kids-about-sustainability/

How to Recycle (Almost) Everything

Pleasantville recycles

 

Pleasantville Recycles is an organization formed by a group of Pleasantville, NY residents to: “increase the use of Pleasantville’s current programs through better community education, enhance our current program, and identify and develop new programs and systems to reduce, re-use and recycle.

They have created a fabulous resource “A-Z Recycling Guide” that helps you figure out how to recycle those items you can never figure out quite what to do with, from packaging peanuts to useless phonebooks and from medications to batteries.  Check out the list at:

http://pleasantvillerecycles.org/recycle.html

New Rochelle Elementary School Reduces Garbage to 2 Handful Through Recycling

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The Daniel Webster Elementary School in New Rochelle rolled out the School Lunch Recycling Program.  This school has 600+ kids and generated around 13 bags of loosely mixed garbage.

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Principal Melissa Passarelli and Assistant Principal Greg Middleton are big supporters of environmental change and have volunteered to be one of the New Rochelle pilot schools to help pave the way for a general roll out in September to all remaining schools.

The program is simple. Teach children to sort their lunchroom waste into different recyclable categories.

The center aisle is now  sporting a station lining up first a bucket to dispose all left over liquids, a bin for milk cartons, a bin for Commingled Recycling, a Compost bucket and a place to stack trays.

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The students learned in class about this program and were eager to put their knowledge to the test. A lunchroom monitor helped the kids along during the learning phase and soon she will be able to take a back seat and enjoy the show of children sorting for the environment. As the kids become more and more on auto pilot when it comes to sorting, we will introduce more education around the environment.

The key to the program is adult supervision, and Dr Korostoff, Superintendent of schools authorized the additional hourly help to make this change happen.

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“Cheeseburger with a Side of Climate Change” Fabulous Talk at the Greenburgh Nature Center

cafoLast night, Wednesday May 14, 2014 about 30 attendees were treated to a very well organized, highly informative talk given by Elizabeth Bennet, Esq.

Large scale meat and dairy production has a tremendous impact on our local and global environment, from intensive resource usage to climate change. The current corporate animal agricultural production model also raises animal welfare, public health, and environmental justice concerns.

This program discussed these issues and provided recommendations for environmentally-friendly food choices. 

Presenter: Elizabeth Bennett, Esq., Sheldon Lobel, P.C.; Vice Chair to the ABA Young Lawyers Div., Committee on Environmental, Energy, & Resources Law.

Program presented in partnership with the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Group; designed for adults and high school students. 

New Rochelle’s Trinity School Awarded Westchester County Proclamation

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On April 29th, 2014 New Rochelle’s Trinity School was publicly awarded a Westchester County Proclamation, signed by Legislator James Maisano, Legislator Sheila Marcotte, and Legislator Catherine Parker. This is a wonderful recognition of the schools never faltering efforts to bring sustainability to the district through consistent teaching and doing.

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This award is long in the making. In September of 2011, Anna Giordano brought the school lunch recycling program to the administration and the PTA, then under the leadership of Ines Bolufer-Laurentie, tirelessly implemented it. The PTA spent countless lunches teaching the children and thus creating a culture of environmental awakening.

The School Lunch Recycling Program is very simple, instead of teaching the children to “just throw out your garbage” after lunch, they are taught to separate their lunchroom waste into different recyclable categories. This process reduces and condenses the amount tremendously. Once all the recyclable packaging, compostable food left overs and left over liquids are sorted out, there is actually very little, that does not fall into these categories.

Trinity was not the only school to implement the program in September of 2011, but it was the only one, where the school administration persevered despite of the total lack of support from Central Administration, foremost the Director of Facilities.

Fortunately, Central Administration under the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey Korostoff is now fully supporting the program and New Rochelle is looking to have all of its schools fully converted to source separation and compostable trays by September of 2014. This could not have been accomplished if it had not been for the unwavering determination  of the Trinity Administration Anthony DiCarlo and Inas MorsiHogans.

I applaud them both. This proclamation is well deserved.

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