RecycleCT Foundation Awards $1,500 in Grant to HPHS Academy of Engineering & Green Technology

RecycleCT Foundation awards $1,500 in Grant to HPHS Academy of Engineering & Green Technology

Published on Feb 2, 2016


RecycleCT Foundation awards $21,000 in Grants to 12 CT Schools and CT Forest and Park Association

Initiatives Focused on recycling, waste reduction, reuse, and composting

The recently launched RecycleCT Foundation today announced its first grant awards totaling over $21,000 to 12 Connecticut schools that have projects focused on recycling, waste reduction, reuse, or composting – and to the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) for an initiative to strengthen environmental education centered on waste reduction.

“The 12 schools receiving grant funds stood out for their efforts to develop programs that integrated education with waste reduction and reuse or recovery of materials through composting and recycling,” said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee. "We are pleased that this first round of grants from our new foundation can make the connection between positive approaches to reducing the volume of waste and learning in the classroom.”

“We are also very pleased,” Commissioner Klee said, “to provide funding to one of our long-time partners, CFPA, for a new environmental education program that will improve our ability to reach people with important lessons on the value of recycling and resource conservation.”

RecycleCT was created through Public Act 14-94, to raise public awareness and participation in recycling. The foundation will lead the way in implementing a key goal of the legislation: increasing the recycling diversion rate from the current level of about 25-30 percent to 60 percent by 2024. Commissioner Klee serves as chairman of the Board of Directors of RecycleCT.

The RecycleCT Foundation is promoting the importance of recycling and encouraging people, government entities, schools, businesses, and organizations to adopt recycling as part of their everyday lives or operations. As one of its first efforts, the foundation launched a program of small grants for schools.

In this first round of grants to schools, nine of the recipient schools are part of the state’s GreenLeaf program. The Greenleaf program is a partnership of state agencies and organizations, and environmental and educational groups who provide resources and guidance for schools to comply with federal and state laws and adopt voluntary programs that make their schools ‘greener’. The GreenLeaf program is a free statewide initiative open to any public or private schools in Connecticut.

Schools receiving grant awards from the RecycleCT Foundation are:

·Commodore Macdonough Elementary, Middletown – $600; Waste Reduction, Reuse

·Parkway Elementary, Greenwich – $1408; Composting, Worm Composting

·Greenwich Academy, K-12, Greenwich – $1000; Composting. This grant application and project were organized by Charlotte Winkler, a senior at the school

·Academy of Engineering & Green Technology High School, Hartford – $1500; Recycling

·St. Gabriel School, K-8, Windsor – $1450; Recycling, Composting

·Common Ground High School, New Haven – $1500; Composting

·CT River Academy, High School, East Hartford – $1450; Recycling, Composting

·Elm City Montessori School, preK-1, New Haven – $1500; Recycling, Composting

·Manchester Public Schools, K-12, Manchester – $1500; Composting

·Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk – $1500; Recycling

·Trailblazers Academy, Middle School, Stamford – $1500; Recycling

·Hamden High School, Hamden – $1480.00; Composting

The CFPA grant for $5,000 is focused on efforts to “train the trainers,” to ensure that there is a core group of educators prepared to provide outreach and education to various audiences on sustainable materials management.

More information concerning RecycleCT and its grant programs can be found at


By law, all property owners and businesses must recycle, and haulers are prohibited from combining recyclables with trash.


Additional information about DEEP’s efforts to transform Connecticut’s approach to sustainable materials management can be found at www.ct.deep/recycle

Dennis Schain

Communications Director

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127

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Conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and environment;

Ensuring a clean, affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy supply.

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