Leading up to Earth Day, we want to do a shout out to the Washington Environmental Council (WEC), a leader in environmental protection and conservation in our town since the 1970s. They work with the community and town officials to ensure Washington, as well as the surrounding areas, remain a special and beautiful place for generations to come. To show our support for the WEC, here is a quick spotlight on the important work they do!
Last month, the Washington Environmental Council was honored to receive the 2018 Townvibe Green Award. Every year, Townvibe, the lifestyle magazine publisher, welcomes nominations for their Green Awards which recognizes Connecticut businesses, non-profits, and individuals that are working to protect and preserve their local environments. Out of numerous nominations, the WEC was chosen as the winner due to the organization’s continued commitment to environmental protection and spreading environmental awareness in Washington.
The WEC was recognized for the creation of their Future Now Expo as well as several other key achievements: banning the storage and disposal of fracking waste, Student Scholarship Awards, the Good Bag Program, the Annual Earth Day 5k/Town-wide Cleanup, and the Hardwood Lectures.
History of Environmental Awareness
The Washington Environmental Council has been working to preserve our town’s natural surroundings since 1971. The organization is a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to advocate and provide leadership in maintaining, protecting, and enhancing the environmental quality of Washington and the surrounding region. They work closely with town officials, agencies, and commissions on important environment issues such as recycling, water protection, and conservation. Further, the WEC is dedicated to educating their community on environmental issues and creating good stewards of the environment.
Earth Day 2018
On Saturday, April 21st the WEC and the Steep Rock Association with be celebrating Earth Day with their annual 5k and roadside cleanup. The 5k will begin at 9 a.m. and will meander along the scenic Shepaug River which runs through the Steep Rock Preserve. This mostly flat run is a great course for beginners and veterans alike as well as those who want to take in the beautiful scenery. At the end of the race, there will be snacks, conversation, and prizes. If you are not in the mood for a run, you can still take part in the Earth Day festivities with the WEC roadside cleanup.
Registration for the annual 5k is now open.
Want to do your part?
You can support the Washington Environmental Council and the amazing work the organization does to protect our town’s natural surroundings. Show some love for the WEC – please consider making a donation or becoming a volunteer.