Town to host fall environmental forum
Published 3:50 pm, Monday, August 21, 2017
GREENWICH — The town Conservation Commission is hoping to attract professionals and lay people interested in the environment to a workshop this fall.
The Commission has set up workshops from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the week of Oct. 9 through Oct. 14. — with meetings on Oct. 11 and 13 at the Town Hall Meeting Room at Greenwich Town Hall. Other dates will be decided based on interested residents, landscapers, business owners and local composters.
“The goal of this forum,” said Conservation Environmental Analyst Aleksandra Moch, “is to reunite property owners and landscape professionals in great understanding of the best management practices needed to maintain healthy yards.”
Data provided by Aquarion Water Co. during last summer’s drought conditions showed that Greenwich residents use up to 38 million gallons of water per day in the summer — pinpointing lawn irrigation as the main reason the town’s water use skyrockets from an average of 18 million gallons per day the rest of the year.
Last year, the commission offered nine workshops focused on its composting initiative, and will be adding healthy lawn maintenance to its list of discussion topics this year.
Environmental Forum, hosted by Greenwich Conservation Commission: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 and 13 at Greenwich Town Hall Meeting Room at Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road, Greenwich.
Other dates will be provided as they are updated, and weekend dates for workshops will most likely be at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., Cos Cob.
Aleksandra Moch, Conservation Environmental Analyst can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and the Conservation Commission can be reached from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall: 203-622-6461, for more information.
The educational workshop is to arm residents with knowledge on using natural resources properly to protect the land and water, Moch said, and to create a committee that will promote and reinforce the information through programs and land management.
“I would like this to be a local event where landscape professionals can lead the way,” she said.
Gregory Bugbee, from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station’s department of environmental science, will open the workshop series by speaking on healthy soil and landscapes.
Two composting discussions will follow, one on yard waste and mulching and the other on food scraps from home kitchens.
Other speakers during the morning discussions will include Brian Paganini, vice president and managing director of Quantum Biopower; Thomas McQuillan, business analyst for Baldor Specialty Foods; Nick Skeadas of Curbside Compost; and Dan Delventhal, Green Individual Award Winner 2016.
After lunch, segments will focus on organic alternatives to harsh chemical use and strategic water conservation and how to implement them.
“Due to the recent drought and declining water quality in town,” said Moch, “now more than ever we need to work together to educate the land owners and help them to make the right decisions for their landscape.”
If weekend dates are set, she said, they will most likely be at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich.
For more information on the environmental forum, Aleksandra Moch can be reached by email: email@example.com or by contacting the Conservation Commission from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall: 203-622-6461.
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