Sustainable Princeton Names 2014 Leadership Award Winners

sustainableprincetonA municipal employee, three high school students, a local business and three residents have been named 2014 Sustainable Princeton Leadership Award winners.

Activities conducted by the honorees ranged from planting municipal gardens to hosting zero waste school picnics and conducting a greenhouse gas assessment at a local school.

Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29,  in the community room at the Princeton Public Library. The award ceremony is free and open to the public.

The winners are:

Alexandra Bar-Cohen – She volunteered to create zero-waste events and a zero-waste culture at the Jewish Center and Littlebrook Elementary School. She also was an advocate for the county plastic bag referendum.

Vikki Caines – The Princeton Recreation Department employee planted and tended special gardens at the municipal
complex at 400 Witherspoon Street.

Hutchinson “Huck” Fairman –  He regularly informs the community about environmental issues in newspaper columns in the Packet, and does not receive any money for his work.

Tag Quijano, Zach “Woogie” Woogen and Kate Yazujian – The students have worked to advance sustainability efforts at Princeton Day School. They organized an annual harvest dinner for 250 people and a student environmental conference. They were part of a greenhouse gas assessment team and are leaders at the national Student Climate and
Conservation Congress run by the Green School’s Alliance.

Princeton Printer – The business has demonstrated leadership in running a green business.  Solar panels have been installed on the store’s rooftop. The company uses soy ink and recycles old printers.

Penny Thomas and Susie Wilson –  The pair worked to implement the curbside organic waste program, Princeton Composts, at Constitution Hill. They worked with their neighbors, their property owner’s association and Princeton’s recycling coordinator to successfully bring the program to their neighborhood.