Earth Week Events

Sustainable Trumbull 

is proud to be hosting our very first Earth Week Celebration!

Earth Week: April 18-24, 2021

The 51st Annual Earth Day

Restore Our Earth TM

Earth Day (JPG)

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Gardening for Life: Vegetable Gardening introduction

When:  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Register in advance for this webinar (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.)

Whether you are new to gardening or an experienced gardener looking for new ideas, learn from some a well known gardener and get growing!

This webinar is an introductory workshop for people who want to create a vegetable garden in their yard. Learn about healthy soils, composting, seasonal planting and how to maximize the use of their gardening space.

Speaker: Jose German

Jose is an avid organic gardener, environmentalist, Essex County Master Gardener & Rutgers Environmental Steward. Jose writes articles and blogs about environmental issues, sustainable communities, and affordable food. He is the founder of the Northeast Earth Coalition, an environmental and social justice nonprofit organization.

Attendees present after the Q&A will be entered to win an incentive package!

  • Vegetable Seed Packets 
Organic Gardening (PNG)

Walk in the Valley with Local Historians

When:  1:45 PM
Meet at Park Street Park & Ride (off Daniels Farm Road)

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED:  15 people per leader -- total of 30 people, email sustainabletrumbull@gmail.com to register.

Leaders:  John Lauria and Jennifer Winschel

Tales from the Trails: The History of the Pequonnock River Valley — Join the Trumbull Historical Society as they host a two part event celebrating the Pequonnock River Valley. Board members Jennifer Winschel and John Lauria will enlighten residents about the history of the Valley.

Pequonnock Valley (JPG)

Monday, April 19, 2021

Recycling: What's In, What's Out

When:  7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Register in advance for this webinar (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.)

About:  Learn all about recycling in the town of Trumbull including what goes in the bin, what stays out, should I still recycle and the impact of China's National Sword policy on Connecticut’s recycling programs. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Our speaker, Sherill Baldwin, has been involved in sustainable materials management for over 30 years, and at DEEP since 2008. Ms. Baldwin's current projects include the RecycleCT Foundation, CT WRAP initiative and product stewardship programs. She facilitated the creation of a universal list of acceptable recyclables in the state of Connecticut for the What's IN? What's OUT? campaign and helps promote the campaign. She received an M.S., in Resource Development from Michigan State University and B.A. in Solid Waste Management from UMASS/Amherst.

The Sustainable Trumbull team has implemented and is promoting recycling options for additional items beyond what is accepted at the Transfer Station which we will share at the talk. You can also find recycling information on the Sustainable page of the Town website. 

Attendees present after the Q&A will be entered to win an incentive package!

  • BP Provisions Gift Basket

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Attracting Birds and Creating an Inviting Yard

with Chris Petherick from Wild Birds Unlimited / Fairfield
When: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Register in advance for this webinar (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.)

About:  Chris Petherick is a life-long bird enthusiast and owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield. Chris developed a love of watching, feeding and learning about birds as a child from time spent with his mom and at the Audubon Center of Western New York. As an adult he honed his identification skills through many hours on the trails, in pursuit of one more warbler. He finds birding meditative and the perfect balance to being a small business owner.

Attendees present after the Q&A will be entered to win an incentive package from Wild Birds Unlimited!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Composting

with Mary Hogue
When: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Register in advance for this webinar (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.)

Mary Hogue, a member of the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force and a 2014 Graduate of the UConn Master Gardener Compost Program, will be leading a discussion on composting.  Mary’s presentation will provide guidance on the ease of doing composting at home with plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions.

Attendees present after the Q&A will be entered to win an incentive package!

  • Home Countertop Compost Bin

Thursday, April 22, 2021 (Earth Day)

Pollinator Pathways: Improving Biodiversity in Our Own Yards! 

with Mary Ellen Lemay
When: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Register in advance for this webinar (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.)

With over 300 towns in CT and NY in various stages of launching Pollinator Pathway, this landowner outreach strategy has taken the region by storm in only 3 years. By planting natives, avoiding pesticides, and reducing lawn, this very scalable initiative has the potential to create healthy, connected habitats for pollinators and wildlife as they move across the landscape. The Pollinator Pathway has all the ingredients to help landowners restore biodiversity with simple action steps.

About Mary Ellen Lemay:

Landowner Engagement Director for the Aspetuck Land Trust (Westport, Fairfield, Weston, Easton CT), Pollinator Pathway Facilitator for the Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership, and also:

  • Member of the Connecticut Native Plants Working Group
  • BS in Biology from Fairfield University,
  • MBA from Fordham University,
  • Masters in Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies,

Former Trumbull Land Trust president and currently the Chair of the Trumbull Conservation Commission, a CT DEEP Certified Master Wildlife Conservationist, and on the Board of the Merritt Parkway Conservancy. Vice Chair of the Metro COG Conservation Technical Advisory Committee.

Attendees present after the Q&A will be entered to win an incentive package!

  • Modern Sprout Pollinator Protector Activity Kit 

Promote Buying Bee-Safe Plants via Xerxes Society: Register Online

Friday, April 23, 2021

From Field to Frame: Birds In Art

with Michael DiGiorgio
When: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Register in advance for this webinar (After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.)

In "From Field to Frame," Michael DiGiorgio will describe his journey from tracking and observing birds in the wild to learning how to express their beauty in drawings and paintings.  The talk will also discuss sketching birds from life and becoming a field-guide artist.   

Committed to painting directly from life, Mike has traveled extensively to create field sketches of bird, plants, and habitats in South America, Central America, the West Indies, and the Outer Islands of Great Britain. In addition, his numerous trips to the western and southern United States and national parks have allowed him to record a full range of American birdlife. 

DiGiorgio is a nationally recognized artist whose paintings and drawings have appeared in a variety of nature books and journals, such as: Birds of Brazil, volumes 1 and 2, Birds of Honduras, Bird Watcher’s Digest, The Atlas of Breeding Birds of CT, and The Atlas of Breeding Birds in New York State. Most recently he contributed to the newest edition of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America.

Attendees present after the Q&A will be entered to win an incentive package!

  • Bird print by the Artist
Michael DiGiorgio (JPG)

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Tidy Up Trumbull with Trumbull Community Women

When: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: meet at Twin Brooks Park, groups will be dispatched from there

More details at Tidy Up Trumbull

Tidy Up Trumbull (JPG)

Sustainability for Children

Visit our Sustainability for Children page and find some fun and educational activities that can teach children about sustainability and recycling!