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6 receive environmental champion awards

Connecticut Post
Updated 4:03 pm, Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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  • U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal presents the Aquarion Environmental Champion Award for Large Business to Zelia Kranich of Pitney Bowes, Shelton. Photo: Roger Salls / Connecticut Post
    U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal presents the Aquarion Environmental Champion Award for Large Business to Zelia Kranich of Pitney Bowes, Shelton. Photo: Roger Salls

 

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BRIDGEPORT -- Six recipients whose volunteer projects were found to have significantly improved the state's environmental quality were named the winners of Aquarion Water Co.'s second annual environmental champions awards Saturday.

The winners were:

Elizabeth Smith, a Stamford teenager, in the youth division. Working with the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority, she created a brochure highlighting information about stormwater runoff and its environmental impact. She created a Jeopardy-like game, with questions about storm drains, stormwater runoff and recycling.

Dr. Marc Taylor, of Southbury, in the adult division. Taylor is a director, founder and former chairman of the Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition. He has been active on the Housatonic Valley Association's Board of Directors and is board chairman of the River Network, a national river organization.

The Glastonbury High School Club Council and Weston's Wildlife in Crisis in the nonprofit category. In 2009, the council began "A Drop In the Bucket" program, educating the school community about the worldwide water crisis and raising more than $6,000 for ClearWater Initiative. Last year, council members also launched "Take Back the Tap," spreading the word about environmental problems related to bottled water and promoting the use of refillable bottles.

Wildlife in Crisis volunteers care for more than 5,000 injured and orphaned wild animals, rehabilitating them and releasing them back to the wild. The group also formed the Wildlife in Crisis Land Trust, preserving open space on behalf of native wildlife.

Harvest Moon Timber Frame, of Morris, in the small-business division. Owner Jim Davenport transformed the site of his barn-building business into a large water filter with the installation of the state's first gravel wetland, thus protecting a brook that feeds reservoirs in Waterbury.

Pitney Bowes, of Shelton, in the corporate division. The company was at the forefront of conservation with a program it initiated 50 years ago, harvesting old machine parts for re-use and recycling. Since then, Pitney Bowes has recovered millions of pounds of equipment and components in its efforts to become a zero-waste company.

Smith received a $1,000 savings bond. The other recipients chose a nonprofit environmental group to receive $2,500.