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Greenburgh Interns Present Findings On Trash Source Separation

Town of Greenburgh 2015
Town of Greenburgh 2015 Video Credit: Townof Greenburgh
Paul Feiner
Paul Feiner Photo Credit: File
The Greenburgh Zero Waste Initiative.
The Greenburgh Zero Waste Initiative. Video Credit: Anthony DeLillo

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Student interns for the town of Greenburgh will present their project, a video on organic recycling and source separation, to the Town Board on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

"This summer our college interns worked on an exciting initiative promoting organic recycling/source separation,'' town Supervisor Paul Feiner said.

The student participants are Kyle Bason, Pearse Callaghan, Maya Copeland, Anthony DeLillo, Kristoffer Fregil, Jaha Walgern-Bell, Demetrius Woods and Jahari Yates

Here are six videos within a playlist on the town's YouTube channel.

In its seventh year, the Greenburgh Town Hall Summer Internship Program partnered with the Greenburgh Nature Center to engage students in a unique initiative encouraging residents to "source separate," according to Feiner.

Over the course of the eight-week program, students learned, applied and demonstrated source separation -- separating food waste from trash. They prepared signage designed to inform and educate the public about appropriate source separation. They also demonstrated this practice for the public at the Anthony Veteran Park pool during planned weekend visits to the site as well as during special events and at the Theodore D. Young Community Center's Summer Camp program held on the Westchester Community College Campus.

To help interns in developing an integrated approach to applying what they were learning, guest speakers who are recognized leaders in the field of materials management met with the students.

Another major component of their summer internship program was an introduction to the culture of the workplace environment, including learning about local government, education and career planning, teamwork, "lifeline planning" as well as public speaking skills through a workshop sponsored by Toastmasters, International. Students met Town Board members, town department heads, community consultants and with local and state government leaders, including Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins who stressed the importance of acquiring a formal education and making responsible choices.

Town Clerk Judith Beville oversees the internship program for students. Brianna Barnes, a much younger student produced an excellent public service announcement -- tips for cyber safety. Here is that link about the Cyber Five: youtu.be/e2sqRFySDug .

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