NYC Kids Can Earn Cash for Their Schools by Entering the City’s Golden Apple Awards

by , 03/13/13

The New York City Department of Sanitation is calling on the city’s youth to conceive, design, and implement innovative cleanup, beautification, or reclamation projects in their boroughs. Citywide schools (both public and private) from grades K-12 can compete for a shot at winning cash prizes by submitting their sustainability initiatives to the 2013 Golden Apple Awards competition from now until May 1st. Now in its 11th year, the contest continues to further its mission to reward both students and schools for their exemplary commitment to environmental education projects.

Last year, elementary school PS 971 won $3,000 by focusing on reducing waste by using printers wisely, choosing refillable binders instead of notebooks, and developing an outside garden area. In 2011, the John Ericsson MS 126 Magnet School for Environmental Engineering raised money for a trip after they recycled old jeans to make bags and turned preloved garments into new artistic pieces.

Schools may compete in one of three categories centered on creating immediate change within their schools or neighborhoods: Super Recyclers – build recycling model that develops a strong commitment from the entire school community; Reduce and Reuse – eliminates or reduces the quantity of materials that gets set out for collection; and Team Up to Clean Up – creates a hands-on experience in caring for their communities, and increases awareness of their direct impact on the environment.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of environmental educators and government officials who will review entries submitted to select the winners for each borough within each grade division. Winning schools receive $6,000 for Citywide Winners; $3,000 for Borough Winners; and $1,500 for Borough Runners-Up — plus $1,000 for Golden Shovel Award winners in each borough.

For additional details about this contest or to view the winning entries from previous years, visit the department of sanitation’s website at

Via NYC Gov