T. J. Oneglia (left) and Flanders Nature Center Executive Director Arthur Milnor
O&G’s collaborations with the Flanders Nature Center date back to the late 1980s when the company began with materials donations: gravel for trails and parking areas, concrete to build a sugar house and most recently sand for a replacement septic system at one of the property’s period farmhouses. Special events have included a fund raiser for kids wanting to ride heavy equipment through the Woodbury quarry, and popular geology tours led by SCSU Professor Tom Fleming at the Southbury quarry.
Says T.J. Oneglia, Vice President Materials Division and a member of the Center’s Board of Directors, “O&G is a land holder in Woodbury and they’re a land trust. We look at this the way neighbors would. Helping them is one way we can support the good work they’re doing for the community and the environment.”
The Green Circle Sustainability Award from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, presented in May, recognized the varied contributions O&G has made to the Center and toward keeping Connecticut “cleaner and greener.”