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[GreenYes] Ed Smith's First Go Green Year Announces End of Year Recycling Totals

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Chelle Naef
Go Green Organizer at Daystar Recycling Corp

Ed Smith's First Go Green Year Announces
End of Year Recycling Totals

Syracuse, NY - Chelle Naef, Go Green Initiative organizer and parent of
a student at Ed Smith reports that the Go Green program "got off to a
great start in increasing recycling awareness in staff and
students." In our first year (Aug. 21. 2005 - Jan. 1, 2006) staff
and students recycled:

* 4.2 tons of paper
* 35 pounds of plastics
* 1,637pounds of cardboard

Tony Tolbert, Principal at Ed Smith is a big supporter of the Go Green
Initiative. "When I see the excitement on the faces of two fifth
graders demonstrating to me how our compost globe works, I know that we
have chosen an important initiative to follow. Watching groups of sixth
grade students dutifully collect recyclable materials on a weekly basis
is yet another example of setting the stage for the future. And staff
and parent ownership of various tasks and responsibilities associated
with Go GREEN tells me that Edward Smith is in the right place at the
right time to carry out this initiative."

Recycling bins were placed in each classroom and in the hallways near
drinking fountains. This aids in proper sorting and the contents of
bottles and cans can be emptied before recycling them. The bottles and
cans are washed by student volunteers and some of the custodial staff.

Local farmers gave presentations at 3 of the five classrooms involved
with comporting. Compost generated will be used in the Spring in the
Morning Side garden plot. The composting and community garden component
of the Go Green Initiative is organized by parent Kris Venne of the
Syracuse Real Food Co-op and local farmers.

Mark Naef from Naef Recycling gave 'how to recycle properly'
demonstrations to the Student
Council, Mrs. Brennan's 5th grade and Mr. Dinkin's 6th grade classes
which went very well. At the end of the demonstration the class did a
garbage dumping to see how much recycled material makes it into the
garbage instead of the recycling bin and they found that about half of
the garbage was recyclable material.

The PTO is currently collecting toner cartridges for a 'trash for
cash' program and the Student Council is collecting returnable

Syracuse is one of 84 cities to sign the Urban Environmental Accords.
"One of the goals is to "implement user friendly recycling and
composting programs," says Chelle Naef. "The Go Green program is a
step in that direction. We plan to have all city schools sign up."

The Go Green Initiative is being promoted in NY State through the
efforts of the NY State Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling.
(NYSARRR) For recycling information for school administrators, teachers
and students visit the NYSARRR web site at

To keep abreast on what is happening in Syracuse schools with the Go
Green Initiative visit the Naef Recycling web site where reports from local schools involved
with this project are posted.

The Go Green Initiative involves students at every level and takes a
comprehensive approach to help schools evaluate every aspect of their
environmental impact. It provides schools simple checklists and tools
to examine everything from recycling to unsafe pesticides used on
playgrounds. For more information visit

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