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Press Release Massachusetts Environmental Officials Present ‘Green Team’ Awards to Massachusetts Schools

MassDEP Recognizes Young Environmental Stewardship Educational Activities
For immediate release:
6/14/2018
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Media Contact for Massachusetts Environmental Officials Present ‘Green Team’ Awards to Massachusetts Schools

Joseph Ferson, Public Affairs Office

BOSTON State environmental officials today recognized students from 59 schools across the Commonwealth for outstanding environmental actions as members of the “Green Team,” a statewide environmental education program sponsored by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

“The Baker-Polito Administration congratulates all the Green Team teachers and students who showed leadership and initiative during the past school year to raise environmental awareness at their schools, homes and communities through Green Team activities,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “This important educational program helps students take action to protect our natural resources, and brings to life the subjects they are learning in school.”

Students of any age can participate in the Green Team program, an initiative composed of students who share the goals of reducing pollution and protecting the environment. Over 50,000 students in nearly 300 classes at 267 schools joined the Green Team this school year.

Students took part in a range of activities, including:

  • Expanding school recycling programs;
  • Collecting textiles for donation and recycling;
  • Starting a compost pile using organic waste from the school cafeteria, and using the compost it generates to nourish a garden to grow vegetables;
  • Making their school driveways “Idle-Free Zones”;
  • Increasing energy efficiency in their schools and communities; and
  • Reducing their carbon footprint at school and at home.

These activities incorporated classroom disciplines from the fields of science, engineering and mathematics to reading, writing and art, as well as other non-classroom, interrelated projects.

“Green Team students develop creative approaches to environmental stewardship and make a big difference in their schools and communities with their energy conservation, recycling, composting and pollution prevention projects,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “Each year, Green Team participants are working to have a positive impact on our environment, and take steps to expand recycling and energy efficiency efforts.”

Participating teachers received a Green Team Kit containing classroom posters, lesson plans, recycling tips and access to a library of other resources. In addition, 60 schools received recycling equipment from the Green Team to initiate or expand school recycling programs. Twelve schools received signs reading “Idle-Free Zone” from the Green Team that serve as a visual reminder to drivers to turn off their engines while waiting in the schoolyard.

Participating classes were entered into a drawing for prizes, and 59 classes received prizes for their efforts (full listing below). Nineteen schools won grand prizes, and will receive schoolwide performances by environmental educators Jack Golden, Peter O’Malley and Earthtunes, or gift cards to local garden centers for trees or garden supplies to further “green” their schools.

To learn more or to participate in the 2018-19 school year, the 17th year for the Green Team, teachers may sign up online here.

The following are the Green Team prize winners:

2017-2018 Green Team Grand Prize Winners

School Name

Community

Grade

Agawam Junior High School

Agawam

7

Clifford M. Granger School

Agawam

K-4

John A. Bishop Elementary School

Arlington

K-3

Thompson Elementary School

Arlington

K-5

Barnstable High School

Barnstable

8-12

Dante Alighieri Montessori School

East Boston

K-5

Joseph Lee School

Boston

6-8

Brookside Elementary School

Dracut

3

Monument Valley Regional Middle School

Great Barrington

7-8

Kingston Elementary School

Kingston

2

Johnny Appleseed School

Leominster

5

Bartlett Community Partnership School

Lowell

PreK-8

Martinson Elementary School

Marshfield

4

Greater New Bedford Vocational Tech. High School

New Bedford

9-12

Captain Samuel Brown School

Peabody

K-5

Rockport Middle School

Rockport

6-12

Witchcraft Heights Elementary School

Salem

4-5

The Grow School

Southbridge

K-12

Katharine Lee Bates Elementary School

Wellesley

K-5

 

 

 

2017-2018 Green Team Prize Winners

School Name

Community

Grade

Paul P. Gates, M.D. Elementary School

Acton

6

Andover West Middle School

Andover

6-8

Brackett Elementary School

Arlington

2-4

Oakmont Regional High School

Ashburnham

9-12

Swift River Elementary School

Belchertown

1-2

Bernardston Elementary School

Bernardston

K-3

Brighton High School

Boston

9-12

Andrew Peabody School

Cambridge

Junior K

Cohasset High School

Cohasset

9-12

Essex Agricultural & Technical High School

Danvers

9-12

Academy of Early Learning

Greenfield

PreK-K

Greenfield High School

Greenfield

8

Newton Elementary School

Greenfield

K-4

Hamilton - Wenham Reg. High School

Hamilton

9-12

NEARI School

Holyoke

5-12

Robert F Kennedy Childrens Action Corps EWT School

Holyoke

9-12

Memorial Middle School

Hull

6-8

Silver Lake Regional Middle School

Kingston

7

Robert Frost Middle School

Lawrence

5-8

St. Patrick School

Lowell

5

Stoklosa Middle School

Lowell

5-8

Mason Rice Elementary School

Newton

2-5

Mount Alvernia Academy

Newton

K-6

Northfield Elementary School

Northfield

2

Norwell Middle School

Norwell

6-8

South Shore Natural Science Center Preschool

Norwell

PreK

Norwood Montessori School

Norwood

PreK-10

Rockland Senior High School

Rockland

10-12

West Street School

Southbridge

5

STEM Middle Academy

Springfield

6-8

Swampscott Middle School

Swampscott

6-8

Joseph G. Luther Elementary School

Swansea

3

Whitin Elementary School

Uxbridge

3-5

Walpole KinderCare

Walpole

PreK

Warwick Community School

Warwick

5-6

Loker Elementary School

Wayland

3-5

West Brookfield Elementary School

West Brookfield

5

John R. Fausey Elementary School

West Springfield

2-5

Lincoln Elementary School

Winchester

4-5

Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School

Yarmouth

8-12

 

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Media Contact for Massachusetts Environmental Officials Present ‘Green Team’ Awards to Massachusetts Schools

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection 

MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

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