August 2017 Member Spotlight: Pratt Industries



Pratt Industries Provides Teachers With Recycling Curriculum Training 

Pratt Industries sponsored and coordinated a free training workshop focused on recycling for dozens of Staten Island, New York science teachers on June 8.

Based upon JASON Learning's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) recycling curriculum, the training provided the participating teachers with strategies to share the science behind recycling with their students.

Myles Cohen, president of Pratt Industries, kicked off the day-long training that included valuable interaction on how to improve recycling within schools. Staten Island Borough President James Oddo and New York City Commissioner of Sanitation Kathryn Garcia also addressed the teachers, stressing the importance of both recycling and teaching about it in schools.
This is the third consecutive year that Pratt coordinated the training on Staten Island. The curriculum was originally piloted in ten Staten Island schools in 2015. The initiative took off and grew due to the program’s synergies with one of Borough President Oddo’s major initiatives: litter reduction.

The private-public partnership resulted in increased recycling, reduced litter, and enhanced recycling knowledge and STEM learning in K-12 schools throughout Staten Island. To date, more than 100 teachers and thousands of students have learned about recycling.

The curriculum suite includes 30 age-appropriate activities and readings for teacher lesson planning, interactive web-based experiences, and classroom posters featuring life-cycles for paper and other recyclable commodities. The program hopes to further inspire students to pursue a STEM-based career, with an explicit focus on recycling. 

Throughout the process, Pratt Industries partnered with the following organizations:

• New York City Department of Sanitation

• New York City Department of Education

• Staten Island Borough President's Office

• JASON Learning, and

• Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)

For more information about the workshop and the curriculum, and for ways to implement it in other geographic markets, please contact Myles Cohen at