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The Maspeth Green Club meets on Wednesdays from 2:45 to 3:45 in advisor Mr. Aaron Bell's room (328) and is open to all students. Aiden Walsh is the Club President. If you are interested in the environment and would like to make Maspeth and the greater New York City area better places, please join! Visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mhsgreenclub

Maspeth High School is one of a few schools nationwide to be recognized as a Green Flag School under the National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools Program.  The Green Club has secured over $60,000 in grant money as a result of sustainability efforts since the club’s founding in 2011. Maspeth High School is a five-time Golden Apple Award winner and two-time Zero Waste Award winner. 

Achievements, Awards, and Honors

2018-2019:

            Mr. Bell: Part of Climate Museum Exhibition on Governor’s Island

2017-2018:

NYC Zero Waste Award (Runner-Up Citywide): Team Up to Clean Up Challenge ($500)

NYC Zero Waste Award (Runner-Up Citywide): Reduce and Reuse Challenge ($500)

Most Impactful Presentation Award Winner at 2nd Annual DOE Office of Sustainability Showcase with Over 50 Schools Represented ($2500)

DOE Office of Sustainability Water Refill Station School Grant and Installation ($7500)

Reusable Water Bottle Campaign ($1000)

Hand Dryers Installed in All Bathrooms

W.E. Day Leadership Conference Participation

Columbia University Youth Climate Summit Participation

Natalie Cinnamo and Nicole Gujda – First Place in the 2018 District-Wide Science Fair Organized by Assemblyman Brian Barnwell for Project on Algal Growth

Anthony Falco: 2018 Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest Winner

Aiden Walsh: Interviewed by NY1 News at Zero Waste Awards Ceremony

2016-2017:

NYC Zero Waste Award Winners (Queens Borough and Citywide): Team Up to Clean Up Challenge ($1,000)

Daisy Codallos-Silva: Wangari Maathai Prize for Civic Participation in Sustainability ($10,000).

GrowToLearnNYC Garden Grant Recipients ($1000)

New York City Department of Education Sustainability Showcase Presenter School

Mr. Bell: STEM Institute Presenter at Stuyvesant High School

2015-2016:

NYC Gold Apple Award (Honorable Mention): Reduce and Reuse Challenge ($1000)

           GrowToLearnNYC Garden Grant Recipients ($1500)

           International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit Participation.

           DSNY and Juniper Park Civic Association Commendation

Brandon Seda: DOE Art Contest Winner for Self-Portrait in Re-purposed   Cardboard (Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Tweed Courthouse

           Mr. Bell: STEM Institute Presenter at Stuyvesant High School

           Mr. Bell: New York Daily News Hometown Heroes Honoree

2014-2015:

NYC Golden Apple Award Winners (Queens Borough and Citywide): Reduce and Reuse Challenge ($10,000)

Kurt Juanillo: Honorable Mention in DOE Sustainability Poster Contest

           International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit Participation

Recognized by Green Home NYC as one of two “signature programs” among NYC public schools.

Jia Chen: Chosen to speak at City Hall during Student Advocacy Day for the Environment

           Mr. Bell: National Wildlife Federation Green STEM Guidebook Contributor

2013-2014:

NYC Golden Apple Award Winners (Queens Borough): Team Up To Clean Up Challenge ($5000)

           National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools Green Flag Winners ($5000)

Filmed by ShowTime Channel with actor Matthew Modine as part of “Years of Living Dangerously” Series

           Iris Chen: ACE PowerShift National Conference Attendee

Thomas Farrell: Winner of New York City DOE Sustainability Calendar Contest (15 Winners among 1200 entries)

Lulu Zhou: Public Speaking Contest Runner-up, S.T.O.P. (Students Take On Plastic) Bags Conference at the Hewitt School

2012-2013:

NYC Golden Apple Award Winners (Queens Borough and Citywide): Reduce and Reuse Challenge ($10,000)

           Greatest Participation Award: Ban The Bag Conference at the Hewitt School

2011-2012:

NYC Golden Apple Award Winners (Queens Borough): Team Up To Clean Up Challenge ($3000)

National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools Silver Medalists and Grant Winners ($500)

           Indoor Learning Garden Winners

           Community Citation Recipients: Council Member Elizabeth Crowley's Office

           New York City Parks and Recreation Department Anti-Litter PSA Finalists

Activities

- Environmental advocacy (Ban the Bags Conference, S.T.O.P. Bags Conference, Student Advocacy Day for the Environment, IYEYS Conference, ACE PowerShift Conference, NYC DOE Sustainability Contest Artwork, DOE Sustainability Showcase, Columbia University Youth Climate Summit).
- Gardening, tree giveaways, and organic food production (indoor and outdoor).
- Recycling program coordination and cafeteria organics collection.
- Campus cleanups, park space beautification, and historical restoration.
- Graffiti removal.
- Habitat maintenance. We care for lizards, turtles, freshwater fish, saltwater coral reef organisms, rabbits, mice, hamsters, birds, crickets, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, and plants.
- Nature walks, organism identification, and museum visits.
- Guest speaker forums and documentary screenings.
- Digital media production (i.e. anti-litter public service announcements).
- Water, air, and soil quality monitoring.
- Persuasive writing.
- Collaboration with other environmentally-minded organizations (Eco-Schools USA, National Wildlife Federation, Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), Maspeth Federal Savings, NYC H2O, Department of Sanitation, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Environmental Protection, Materials for the Arts, Citizens Committee for NYC, Juniper Park Civic Association, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell’s Office, Grow NYC, Queens Botanical Garden, New York Hall of Science, The Hewitt School, Columbia University EcoReps, NASA Goddard Center, New York Restoration Project, MillionTrees NYC, Greening Forward, Green Schools Alliance, Green Home NYC, The Climate Museum).