Time to Shred and E-cycle

By Sally Miller

On April 28, to celebrate Earth Month, Sustainable Woodstock is offering local residents and small businesses an alternative to throwing items into the landfill. At our third annual community e-cycle and shred event we will have a shred truck and electronics recycling. In the past two years we have collected almost seven tons of electronic waste and shredded two tons of paper. (more…)

Sustainable Woodstock Celebrates Earth Month

By Sally Miller

April is Earth month. It’s also the traditional time for Sustainable Woodstock to reflect on where we have been and where we are going. The organization was launched at a public event called “Our Green Villages” in April 2009, so this month we are heading into our tenth year. Our mission hasn’t changed in those intervening years. We still “seek to inspire, organize and empower community members to integrate environmentally, economically and socially responsible practices in all aspects of their lives. The organization’s volunteer-based action groups encourage a vibrant community, promote a thriving local economy, and educate community members about how to conserve and protect natural resources.” (more…)

Earth Day Network Focuses on Plastic Pollution

By Sally MillerEarth Day Network 2018

April is Earth Month and that gives us the opportunity to bring awareness about global issues affecting the environment. This year the Earth Day Network is focusing on plastic pollution. Many of you may have seen recent articles on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, that massive floating island of plastic. For those who missed article you can find it here – https://wapo.st/2G7oMIu.

While it turns out that much of the 79,000 metric tons of plastic in the patch is abandoned fishing gear caught in the slow moving current, microplastics make up 94 percent of the estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic in the patch even though they account for only eight percent of the total tonnage.
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Community Visioning Project Looks to Our Future

By Ron Miller

Over 80 community members participated in a community visioning process called “Our Green Villages” which helped establish Sustainable Woodstock in 2009.

Over 80 community members participated in a community visioning process called “Our Green Villages” which helped establish Sustainable Woodstock in 2009.

Over the last few months, proposals to convene a new community visioning process have been floated by different people in several groups and organizations. Now we are working to bring these ideas together and design an actual project.
“Community visioning” refers to a process of gathering all interested citizens and stakeholders to take stock of a community’s resources, challenges, and aspirations, and to work collaboratively to establish common goals. It is a way of imagining the future we want for ourselves, our families and neighbors, and deciding on collective actions that could make that future more likely.
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