Chatsworth Avenue School and the Chatsworth PTA received two certificates of achievement at Westchester County’s “Earth Day Westchester 2009: A Celebration of Green, Sustainable Living,” on Sunday April 19, at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.
Chatsworth PTA parent volunteers Sally Maca and Millie Magraw received recognition for “outstanding leadership in environmental and recycling programs” including their participation in Planet Chat and their promotion of environmental awareness and activities in 2008. Another certificate of achievement went to Gail Boyle, principal of Chatsworth School, for “outstanding leadership in environmental and recycling programs promoting environmental awareness and activities in 2008.”
Honored at the same event was the The Westchester County Global Warming Task Force. Appointed by County Executive Spano and under the leadership of Co-Chairs Reese Berman and Robert Funicello, the 33 members and 75 associate memberswere recognized forworking “tirelessly from January 2007 through February 2008 to create the Westchester Action Plan for Climate Change and Sustainable Development, a practical guide for climate change activities for educators, businesses, local governments and individuals throughout Westchester County and the Northeast.”
Larchmont Village Trustee Marlene Kolbert was a member of the Task Force.
Westchester County Executive Andy Spano presented the County’s first sustainability awards for environmental achievements. He also gave annual Earth Day recycling awards, which recognize community recycling programs and those who “go the extra mile” in their recycling efforts. The event featured live music, a farmers market, raffles, giveaways and information about practical and easy ways to make your home, earth and Westchester County a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live.
“At Chatsworth School, we take our environmental responsibility very seriously,” commented Ms. Boyle. ”We’re all honored to receive these awards recognizing the many efforts of students, teachers, administrators and parents.”
Over the past few years, the students, administration, parents and facilities managers of Chatsworth School have implemented numerous environmental programs including:
• Paper recycling in every classroom,
• Drive to recycle bottle caps,
• Plant-a-Bulb/Change-a-Bulb events to encourage planting of flower bulbs and the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs that save energy.
• Earth Day/Arbor Day celebrations,
• Native Seedlings, Planting for Knowledge – the planting of 30 native seedings by student volunteers
• Chatsworth reusable water bottle sale
• Earth Day recycling quilt made of old magazines, newspapers and cereal boxes
• Worm composting by kindergarten classes
• No-Idling campaign
• Weekly green tips
• Holiday card drive to collect used cards
• Collection drives of used cell phones, ink cartridges, and computers by the computer lab
• Bash the Trash –to educate students on the amount of lunchtime trash they produce in one week
• Donation of environmental themed books to the school library
• A rooftop herb garden is in progress.
The Earthy Day event was sponsored by the Westchester County Park and Environmental Facilities departments in conjunction with Andy Spano’s Westchester Climate Change Advisory Council, a task force charged with detailing what the Westchester community can and must do to meet the worldwide challenge of climate change.