Waters School wins environmental award

The National Environmental Education Foundation awarded Waters School its Green Prize Merit Award in Public Education, it was announced last week.

The award, which includes $5,000, recognized the efforts of the school as an inspiration for the neighborhood and as a medium for ecological education.

“Waters was an underachieving Chicago Public School located on a city block covered from end t0 end in asphalt,” a news release announcing the award notes.

“Four colossal burr oaks with asphalt packed around their trunks were the only remaining natural features from the time when the Chicago River once flowed past the site.”

The award notes the work of the Local School Council and environmental activist Pete Leki in leading the redevelopment of the school campus.

Read the news release from the National Environmental Education Foundation.

(For more information on the Chicago River, Read ‘The Chicago River; A Natural and Unnatural History’ by Libby Hill. Lake Claremont Press. 2000)

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Patrick grew up near LaFollette Park on the West Side. He contends that the very best Italian beef sandwiches are made on the West Side and has a strange love of the flat pizza from that part of the city. Patrick led The Bulldog to win seven journalism awards in 2011, including four awards to Patrick as a solo or a team member. He is very proud of The Dog's coverage of politics and schools in the neighborhood. Patrick wrote for the Times of Northwest Indiana as a stringer covering Cook County Government, for the Chicago Tribune as a stringer on the Chicago Wolves and for ChicagoNow as a writer before starting The Dog. He wrote for four years for ChiTownDailyNews.org as a media commentator and spent about 20 years in operations at city newspapers, including nine years as owner of his own distribution company. Prior to that he spent about nine years in public relations. Patrick has a Masters degree from the University of Colorado. He attended Eastern Illinois University for undergrad and Weber High School and St. Peter Canisius grammar school. The two-flat he owns was built in 1912 and has never been featured, to his knowledge, in any major motion pictures despite having a way-cool garden. Patrick purchased the property in 1994 and "couldn't afford to buy it now." His daughter is a college student in California. He lives in the house with his wife, Jane, and two cats who often sit in on his phone interviews.

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