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Dewey is proud to have an award-winning, student led Green Team helping us reach our goal of Zero Waste by the year 2030. Dewey’s Green Team gives students the opportunity to take on leadership roles that empower them to impact their community, and our planet in positive ways.

In 2023 we received a substantial Garden Grant to fund a school garden. Dewey’s Green Team was awarded the “Zero Waste Schools Challenge” Citywide Winner in the Middle School Division two years in a row for their outstanding achievements. In 2018 the Green Team was also honored as the Super Recyclers Runner Up by GrowNYC. The Green Team attracted media attention for its efforts, and was featured on News 12 as well as in The New York Times for Kids Special Sunday edition on August 26, 2018.


Please join our effort to protect our environment for future generations. Here are some small things you can do that will make a big difference.

  • Always recycle plastic, metal, glass, paper and cardboard.
  • Never litter! Litter flows into our waterways and oceans where it harms animals, pollutes our water, and ends up in our food chain.
  • Carry a reusable shopping bag.
  • Eat less meat. Animal farming produces large amounts of harmful greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming.
  • Turn off lights and appliances when you don’t need them.
  • Walk, ride a bike, or take public transportation instead of driving.
  • Don’t use water when it is raining. New York City has a combined sewer overflow system, which releases untreated wastewater directly into our waterways when sewer flows are higher than normal, like during storms. Keeping water usage down helps decrease the amount of sewage that reaches our waterways. 
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