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Press Release State Environmental Officials Announce Student and School Recipients of 'Green Team' Awards​

MassDEP Recognizes Young Environmental Stewardship Educational Activities​
For immediate release:
6/16/2020
  • Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Media Contact for State Environmental Officials Announce Student and School Recipients of 'Green Team' Awards​

Edmund Coletta, MassDEP – Director of Public Affairs

BOSTON — State environmental officials today recognized students from 44 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 outstanding leadership and initiative during the past school year to raise environmental awareness in their schools, homes and communities,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “When schools closed in March, these students continued to work on environmental activities at home, including recycling, composting, gardening, and creating outreach materials to share with their classmates, setting a tremendous example for both their peers and the entire Commonwealth.” 
 
Students of any age can participate in the Green Team program, an initiative composed of students that share the goals of reducing pollution and protecting the environment. More than 111,000 students in 391 classes at 341 schools joined the Green Team this school year, a record level of participation for the program.  
 
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, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), reading, writing, art, and other non-classroom, interrelated projects.  
 
“Each year, Green Team students take the concept of environmental stewardship right into their own schools and communities with practical approaches to energy conservation, recycling, composting and pollution prevention projects,” said MassDEP Commissioner Martin Suuberg. “Participants in the Green Teams each year put into practice ideas that create 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, 33 schools received recycling equipment from the Green Team to initiate or expand school recycling programs. Eighteen 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 entered in a drawing for prizes, and 44 classes received prizes for their efforts (see list below). Thirteen schools won grand prizes for schoolwide participation, and will receive remote interactive performances by environmental “edu-tainer” Jack Golden, or gift cards to local garden centers for trees and gardening supplies to further “green” their schools. The other 31 classes will be invited to participate in the remote environmental shows. 
 
To learn more or to participate in the 2020-2021 school year, the 19th year for the Green Team, teachers may sign up online here.   
 
The following are Green Team prize winners:  

School Name

Community

Teacher

Grade

Prize

Abington Middle School

Abington

Lauren Peruzzi

7

Recycling Show

Paul P. Gates, M.D. Elementary School

Acton

Becky Acheson

4-6

Recycling Show

Youth Center Inc.

Adams

Monica Carpenter

K-7

Recycling Show

James Clark Elementary School

Agawam

Tammy Rumplik

K-4

Recycling Show

Amesbury Elementary School

Amesbury

Bruce McBrien

K-4

Recycling Show

Gibbs School

Arlington

Rachel Cilley

6

Recycling Show

Ottoson Middle School

Arlington

Rachel Oliveri

7-8

Recycling Show

Thompson Elementary School

Arlington

Elizabeth Rocco

K-5

Garden Supplies

Lt. Job Lane Elementary School

Bedford

Jean Mickle

3-5

Garden Supplies

Swift River Elementary School

Belchertown

Bianca Schliemann

1

Recycling Show

Swift River Elementary School

Belchertown

Cindy Fournier

1

Recycling Show

Bernardston Elementary School

Bernardston

Jennifer Comiskey

3

Recycling Show

German International School Boston

Boston

Julia Holt

1-12

Recycling Show

The Advent School

Boston

Judean Patten-Clark

2-5

Recycling Show

Brighton High School

Boston - Brighton

Timothy Harrison

9-12

Recycling Show

Saint Brendan School

Boston - Dorchester

Carola Tabela

5

Recycling Show

Dante Alighieri Montessori School

Boston - East Boston

Teresa Strong

K-6

Garden Supplies

Hoosac Valley Middle and High School

Cheshire

Lindsay McGinnis

4

Garden Supplies

Mount Alvernia Academy

Chestnut Hill

Maria Lyons

PreK-6

Garden Supplies

Cohasset High School

Cohasset

Peter Afanasiw

9-12

Recycling Show

Newton Elementary School

Greenfield

Miriam Robinson

K-4

Recycling Show

Marigold Montessori School

Haverhill

Linda Malbon

Preschool

Recycling Show

Hingham Middle School

Hingham

Shayna Miller

6-8

Recycling Show

Maurice A. Donahue Elementary School

Holyoke

Christine Burns

4-8

Recycling Show

Winthrop Elementary School

Ipswich

Nicole Whitten

4-5

Recycling Show

Robert Frost Middle School

Lawrence

Paul Flanigan

5-7

Recycling Show

Johnny Appleseed School

Leominster

Brigid Gilchrist

5

Recycling Show

Bridge Elementary School

Lexington

Natalie Cohen

K-5

Garden Supplies

St. Mary's High School

Lynn

Stacy Drector

6-12

Garden Supplies

Underwood Elementary School

Newton

Andy Gluck

K-5

Recycling Show

Mason-Rice Elementary School

Newton Centre

Heather Friedman

K-5

Recycling Show

Atkinson Elementary School

North Andover

Susan Baylies

1-5

Recycling Show

Kittredge Elementary School

North Andover

Cheryl Means

4-5

Recycling Show

North Andover Middle School

North Andover

Jorge Goncalves

6-8

Recycling Show

Pvt. Albert E. Thomson Elementary School

North Andover

Christopher Raymond

1-5

Recycling Show

Norwood Montessori School

Norwood

Tamiko Porter

PreK-12

Garden Supplies

Captain Samuel Brown School

Peabody

Diane Bugler

K-5

Recycling Show

Witchcraft Heights Elementary School

Salem

Kelly Cronin

K-5

Garden Supplies

Oak Ridge School

Sandwich - E. Sandwich

Doreen Chagnon

5-6

Recycling Show

Innovation Academy Charter School

Tyngsboro

Anna Cynar

5-12

Recycling Show

Loker Elementary School

Wayland

Anne Johnson

3-5

Recycling Show

West Brookfield Elementary School

West Brookfield

Karen Oliveira

1

Recycling Show

Bancroft School

Worcester

Mason Hendershott

5

Recycling Show

Dr. Arthur F. Sullivan Middle School

Worcester

Jill Thibodeau

6-8

Recycling Show

 
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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