Small steps make a difference

Round One of the Greenlight Award was held at John Jay High School on January 7, 2017

Greenlight Award Finalists Announced

Six teams advance to next phase of competition

After an inspiring Round One Event on January 7th, six teams from three high schools, JJHS, FLHS, and Harvey, were named as finalists in the Bedford 2020 Greenlight Award competition. The teams will receive seed-funding, work with faculty advisors and community experts, carry out their Greenlight Award proposals and present their results at the Finals on May 17th.

The Finalists are...

Ban the Bag by Ben Antin of Fox Lane High School will educate the community about plastic bag pollution and petition the Town Board to pass legislation to ban single-use bags.

Project CREATE by The John Jay High School Sustainability Club (presented by Annika Carlson, Will Palmieri and Amanda Huang) will establish a permanent system of composting in John Jay High School’s cafeteria and will educate and promote recycling and composting throughout the school.

Save the Gowns by Suzy Weiner and John Cunnif will design a lasting system for the collection and reuse of graduation gowns at Fox Lane High School with an effort to encourage other schools to do the same.

School Supplies Bank by Max Lavinsky will create a depository at Fox Lane High School for gently used school supplies where students may contribute to and take from the supply to reduce the amount of school supplies purchased and wasted each year.

Sustainable Schools by Hunter and Luke Nascimento of the Harvey School will address disposable lunch trays in the Bedford Central School District and will propose alternative and more sustainable cafeteria practices to the administration and leaders in the schools.

Trash Management by Elmer Hoogland, Ethan Gatfield, Marco Zhangi and George Raxworthy will dramatically increase recycling at Fox Lane High School through education and outreach.

Greenlight, Go!

Congratulations to all the participants on an inspiring and thoughtful Round One. All the students came up with interesting projects to tackle this year’s theme: Reducing Solid Waste. We look forward to seeing the finalists in action to see what kind of impact they have and if they can be replicated or carried forward. 

Thank you to our volunteers, judges, faculty members, John Jay High School, Westchester Community Foundation and the student participants!
Greenlight Award Round One event judges Katie Ginsberg (Executive Director of CELF), Anthony Patierno (Science Teacher at Sleepy Hollow Middle School), Don Weeden (Executive Director of the Weeden Foundation), Michelle Land (Pace University Professor of Environmental Science and Environmental Studies) and Frances Corcoran (Westchester County Legislator)

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