Celebrate Sustainability Next Wednesday

By Ron Miller

Shake off your spring fever and come celebrate another great year with Sustainable Woodstock at our Annual Meeting, next Wednesday, April 26. All are invited to help us celebrate local community accomplishments with our annual sustainability awards, learn more about our current projects and activities, and enjoy fabulous local food by Heart Rock Kitchen. The event also features a talk by Rick Kendall, Superintendent of the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park and the NPS Stewardship Institute.

The Annual Meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Little Theater in Woodstock. This is a great opportunity to find out what Sustainable Woodstock is working on and to share your questions and ideas with us. Our board members, staff, and action groups will be on hand to talk about what we’re doing and to hear your thoughts.

Sustainable Woodstock has been working in the community for nearly a decade. The early stirrings of our organization began with the “Community Identity” task force, which came out of a Vermont Council for Rural Development community visit in 2005. When a group of people affiliated with North Universalist Chapel met in 2007 to explore what they could do about climate change, and a crowd packed the Woodstock Town Hall for an Earth Day celebration in April 2008, the signs were clear: the Woodstock community was ready to step up to act for sustainability.

This interest culminated in a community discussion that took place in April, 2009. Eighty citizens gathered for a day at the Woodstock Inn to share their particular passions for sustainability and to talk about how to turn enthusiasm into commitment. Called “Our Green Villages: Sustaining Environment, Economy and Community,” this conference signalled Sustainable Woodstock’s official launch. It produced the framework and principles that still guide the organization today.

In the past year, we have helped advance several projects benefiting local communities including:

  • The East End Project, where the snow dump has finally moved and plans for a riverside park are moving forward
  • Economic development opportunities in the East End are being explored
  • Support for weatherization, helping homeowners save money and energy on heating
  • Recycling at public events and a new annual e-cycling and shredding event
  • Active, educational community gardens
  • Educational and information films like Before the Flood and How to Let Go of the World . . .
  • Support for Woodstock Elementary School’s energy and waste reduction projects

Let us tell you more about our work! Visit our website, sustainablewoodstock.org, and even better, join us on April 26 for our Annual Meeting. RSVP before April 22 by calling 457-2911 or emailing sally@sustainablewoodstock.org.

Find out why we’re feeling so positive about our work and the future of our community. We hope to talk with you soon.

Just do One Thing: Join Sustainable Woodstock for their annual meeting on April 26.

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