Revised October 17, 2017


August 22, 2017


Community Superintendents


High School Superintendents


Field Support Center Teams


School Principals



Raymond J. Orlando, Chief Financial Officer



Sustainability Initiatives


This memorandum allocates funds to schools that have been awarded the Zero Waste Award and the Sustainability Presentation & Showcase Video Contest Awards.


Zero Waste Awards

The Golden Apple Awards, now called the Zero Waste Schools Awards, are part of the NYC Department of Sanitation’s education and awareness campaign in the schools. This program provides cash prizes to winning schools that conceive and complete exemplary applied-learning projects demonstrating awareness and civic responsibility in recycling, waste prevention and community beautification, while posting and participating on the Zero Waste Schools website. Schools compete in four contests, and one award, within their grade and division.


To learn more about the Zero Waste Schools Awards, visit the Department of Sanitation’s website at

DSNY - Zero Waste Awards.


The program is fully funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation through an intra-city transfer to NYCDOE. There are no restrictions on the use of these funds, although the Department of Sanitation encourages schools to further enhance their school recycling programs, waste prevention initiatives and beautification projects.  All funds must be expended by June 30, 2018.


Funding will be scheduled in the Zero Waste Schools allocation category.


Sustainability Presentation & Showcase Video Contest Winners

This SAM also allocates funds in support of the winning participants in the DOE Office of Sustainability’s 2017 Showcase Presentation ($5,000) and Sustainability Showcase Video Contest ($500). The inaugural DOE Sustainability Showcase incentivized schools to highlight their top sustainability projects in which the best presentations won $5,000 each. Winners of the citywide Green Team video contest won $500. Winning videos were shown at the Sustainability Showcase.


The funds should be spent to support Green Teams and/or school sustainability projects as well as used in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures and expended by June 30th, 2018. Any additional questions regarding the awarded funds should be directed to Division of School Facilities’ Sustainability Deputy Director, Thaddeus Copeland (


Funding will be scheduled in the Private Grant 99 Energy Demand allocation category.


Download a copy of the School Allocation Memorandum No. 73, FY 2018



Table 1 – Sustainability Initiatives Allocation Summary

Table 2 – Sustainability Initiatives Allocation Details

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