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Councilmember Cheh to be Honored for Healthy Schools Act, Recycling Program in DCPS
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Councilmember Cheh to be Honored for Healthy Schools Act, Recycling Program in DCPS

 

From Kiara Pesante:

Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Works, and Transportation, will receive the Potomac Champion Award from the Alice Ferguson Foundation today, October 19, 2011, at their annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit at George Mason University. 

 

“The District of Columbia continues to lag behind other progressive jurisdictions in recycling,” said Councilmember Cheh. “We have to be innovative and creative about using new strategies to change this. I know of no force greater than young people to enlist in doing so.”

 

The award comes after the successful passage and implementation of the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, which was authored by Councilmember Cheh.  One of the law’s provisions is a mandatory recycling program in all District of Columbia public schools.

 

Also being honored today is the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization, which have incorporated a litter prevention campaign into their recycling programs in District schools.

 

The Alice Ferguson Foundation was established in 1954 as a non-profit organization to encourage connections between people, the natural environment, farming, and the cultural heritage of the Potomac River Watershed. The foundation awards scholarships and loans to college students majoring in education, and, since 1988, have removed two million pounds of trash from the Potomac watershed through the Potomac Cleanup.

 

For more information, visit www.fergusonfoundation.org.

 

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