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PS 57, Staten Island, wins Green Flag environmental award

A first for New York City

PS 57, Staten Island, wins Green Flag environmental award Bruce Cotler

Lockhart, flanked by Emily Frano (left) and Emily Maxwell of the National Wildlife Federation.

PS 57, Staten Island, wins Green Flag environmental award Bruce Cotler

Some Green Team members and Lockhart.

Staten Island’s landfills are 10,000 pounds lighter and science scores are higher at PS 57 due to exceptional eco-friendly projects that recently won the school a $25,000 grant from the city Department of Education. The grant resulted from the Clifton school’s winning a Green Flag award on March 19 from the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA, the organization’s highest sustainability award. “Once it was confirmed we had won the Eco-Schools award, I wrote a grant proposal,” said Chapter Leader Patricia Lockhart, a science teacher who serves as the school’s sustainability coordinator. PS 57 is one of only 10 such schools in the country and the first in New York City to be flagged with the honor, due to its longtime commitment to such projects as gardening (including growing food for the cafeteria); composting and recycling programs; and auditing the building’s energy efficiency. Joining staff and students at the award ceremony were representatives from the DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency, the state’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the Green Schools Alliance and the National Wildlife Federation. The school’s award and activities resulted in a $5,000 pledge from the Staten Island borough president’s office, and a pledge of $2,000 is forthcoming from the Green Schools Alliance.

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