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NYC Kids Can Earn Cash for Their Schools by Entering the City’s Golden Apple Awards
Posted By Sherrell Dorsey On March 13, 2013 @ 9:00 am In Bronx,Brooklyn,Kids,Manhattan,Recycling and Composting,Staten Island,Sustainability Initiatives,The Bronx | No Comments
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 www.nyc.gov .
Via NYC Gov 
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 elementary school PS 971: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/downloads/pdf/goldenapple12/GA12_SR_LM_BK_K971-PS971.pdf
 John Ericsson MS 126 Magnet School for Environmental Engineering: http://ms126magnet.org/
 recycled old jeans: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/downloads/pdf/goldenapple11/GA11_RR_IS_BK_K126_JohnEricsson-MS126-MgntSklEnvEng.pdf
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 neighborhoods: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/harlem-river-community-revitalization-plan-showcases-new-vision-of-bronx-waterfront/
 environment: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/study-shows-daylight-harvesting-could-save-city-office-buildings-70-million-a-year/
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