Wednesday Wake Up - December 14

NYS Participates in Green Ribbon Schools Program

New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. announced New York State's participation in the U. S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program this year, and will soon invite public and private schools to apply for this national recognition. Click here for more information specific to New York State.

The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools will recognize schools that save energy, reduce costs, feature environmentally sustainable learning spaces, protect health, foster wellness, and offer environmental education to boost academic achievement and community engagement. The recognition award is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education's effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices proven to result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide aim to increase energy independence and economic security. READ MORE>>>

Dryden Schools Win State Award

Dryden Central Schools received a statewide environmental award for its recycling and composting program at a ceremony last week in Albany.

The school district and four other organizations received the award during the 8th annual Environmental Excellence Awards held Dec. 6 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Dryden's district-wide program involves elementary students overseeing the waste separation process in the cafeterias, helping to remove and compost 103 tons of food waste and recycling 7.6 tons of beverage cartons. READ MORE>>>

EPA Changes Air Emission Regulations

The EPA recently changed the regulations controlling air emissions from certain types of boilers located at "area sources" with the Boiler Area Source Rule (40 CFR Part 63 Subpart JJJJJJ). An area source is any source that is not a major source. A major source is a facility that emits (or has the potential to emit) at least 10 tons per year of individual Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) or 25 tons per year of combined HAP. The deadlines for Area Source compliance are in effect now, however, as of 5/2011, the deadlines for Major Source compliance are delayed until determined by EPA. Most schools will fall under the area source designation, and will need to consider/complete the following steps in order to comply. READ MORE>>>

Visit the EPA website for additional information.