VALHALLA, N.Y. – The town of Yorktown and a Yorktown High School student were honored last week for their environmental and sustainable contributions to Westchester County.

The county’s second annual Eco Awards were given out Monday, April 22, at the Kensico Dam Plaza, in Valhalla. The awards recognized contributions to the county’s local environment and sustainability, made by residents, students and schools, municipalities, businesses and other organizations.

The town of Yorktown was awarded for assisting with the clean-up of organic waste resulting from a series of devastating storms in March 2018. The town opened and operated its organic yard in March and waived fees for commercial vehicles for one month to help with the storm cleanup.

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Also receiving awards were students who continued projects started at the Teatown Environmental Science Academy and won awards at the Westchester Science & Engineering Fair.

Emily Olivier, senior at Yorktown High School, won third place in the fair in the Animal Sciences category for her study: “The biodiversity of macromoths in suburban developments.”

The summer science program provides high school students with hands-on experience as they study the Teatown Lake Reservation and work with Teatown scientists.