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5th Annual Earth Day Open House at Monarch Hill Renewable Energy Park

More than 125 Florida Area Waste Management and Wheelabrator employee volunteers welcomed 1,000 students and their families from 11 local elementary schools to the 5th Annual Earth Day Open House at Monarch Hill Renewable Energy Park on Saturday, April 12th. The event raised funds for each school's PTA.

"This was the fifth year we've invited elementary school students and their families for Earth Day to experience what we do here at Monarch Hill Renewable Energy Park," said Dawn McCormick, Florida Area Director of Communications & Community Relations. "We wanted the students to come away with a clearer understanding of our environmentally sound practices and leading edge technology that produces enough clean, renewable electricity from waste at this site alone to power more than 50,000, homes per day."

In addition to tours of the landfill, students participated in hands-on recycling, renewable energy and environmental-related activities. From WM experts they learned about how waste and the landfill gas it generates becomes "clean" renewable electrical energy, environmental safeguards and ground water monitoring, and recycling tips.

Miami Dolphins alumni players Mark Duper, Lorenzo Hampton and Lousaka Polite poised for photographs with the students in front of a compressed natural gas (CNG) powered truck. Miami Dolphins cheerleaders also encouraged the students during the Recycle Often Recycle Right game.

Ten of the schools also participated in the Art Dumpster contest with Earth Day themes of Recycling, Renewable Energy, Sustainability and Water Conservation.

From right: WM Area Vice President Tim Hawkins and Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca present the first prize check of $3,000 for registering the most students at the event to Quiet Waters Elementary School in Deerfield Beach and its principal Lori McConaughey (left).


Kaylee Fruchter and brother Matthew Fruchter team up with Miami Dolphins alum Mark Duper to learn about compressed natural gas (CNG) powered trucks.

Christina Robertson with her daughters Park Trails Elementary first grader Heather and third grader Jordan by their school's first place prize winner in the Waste Management Art Dumpster contest.


Families learn about the liner system and environmental safeguards at the landfill from WM Environmental Protection Manager Sheree Grant.



WM in the Community

Waste Management was pleased to give back to the community in the first quarter of 2014.

YMCA of Broward County

Supporting the YMCA of Broward County Martin Luther King Inspirational Breakfast were Wheelabrator's Esteban Lopez, and the WM team of Tony Spadaccia, John Albert, Luigi Pace and Dawn McCormick.


Coconut Creek Soccer

Coconut Creek Soccer had a WM sponsored team in the 10 and under group lead by Coach Edwin Vasquez and supported by Dawn McCormick, WM's Director of Community Relations.

WM was also pleased to support the 37th Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup; Plantation Women's Club and Plantation Garden Club; Davie Orange Blossom Festival; City of Coconut Creek Butterfly Festival; Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year; Rotary of Pompano Beach; Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale Lakes; Plantation Volunteer Fire Association; P.A.R.O.T. Foundation Tamarac; Sample-McDougald House Preservation Society; Wilton Manors Business Association; Sheriff's Foundation of Broward County; and the Martin Luther King Scholarship in Dania Beach.



Earth Day festivities celebrate renewable energy
Pompano Beach, April 27, 2012 -  More  than 1,000 students and their families from four local elementary schools participated in an Earth Day celebration hosted by Waste Management at Monarch Hill Renewable Energy Park in an event which also raised funds for each school’s PTA.  READ MORE

Quiet Waters first grade student Marissa
Palmiotto learns to recycle.
Photo credit: Daryl Noble

Sandpiper Elementary student Taylor Filmore,
10, bikes to generate 290 watts of energy.
Photo credit: Daryl Noble



(Center from Left) Deerfield Beach Mayor Peggy Noland, Waste Management Area Vice President Tim Hawkins, Broward County School Board Member Nora Rupert and Broward County Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs with school students and representatives. Photo credit: Daryl Noble.



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From left: Waste Management’s Director of Landfill Operations Bryan Tindell releases butterflies to mark the event with Winston Park Elementary School students Luke Vallone and Rebecca Lewers with PTA mom Maxine Lewers; Coconut Creek Mayor Lou Sarbone and Waste Management  Area Vice President Tim Hawkins (back row); Tradewinds Elementary School students Brooke Gotthelf and Jonathan Kuder with PTA mom Heidi Gotthelf; Coconut Creek Elementary School students Marianna Larsen and Zachary Fisher with PTA mom Melissa Fisher. Photo Credit: Darryl Nobles.


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The Waste Management team from left to right: Environmental Protection Managers Aaron Schilke and Jim Christiansen, Sales Vice President Harry Lamberton, Reuter District Manager Mame Davis, Environmental Protection Director Steve Clarke and Area Vice President Tim Hawkins receive the Excellence in Environmental Protection Award.


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