The Power of CommunityFilm Screening May 4:
The Power of Community

A documentary about how Cuba survived Peak Oil. Free and open to the public.
Figg’s Ordinary, 101 S. Cross St.

The Chestertown Environmental Committee promotes careful stewardship, research, and wise use of natural and economic resources with the goal of achieving an improved quality of life for the community and future generations through sustainable initiatives.

Our Goals

  • Improve Chestertown’s natural environment through the incorporation of sustainable best practices for the Town’s land use and management, stormwater infrastructure, watershed stewardship, and tree canopy.
  • Strengthen the Town’s economy through initiatives that foster sustainable business practices, reinvestment in vacant storefronts, and green purchasing policies.
  • Encourage healthy living for the Town’s populace through the expansion of parks, walking trails, bicycle lanes, and wellness programs.
  • Reduce the Town’s carbon footprint through the expanded use of alternative energy systems, energy-saving practices, and recycling programs.

2017 Environmental Events

All films free and open to the public, starting at 7 p.m. at Sumner Hall (206 S Queen St.) unless otherwise noted. The events are intended to facilitate a ongoing conversation about environmental topics in our community.

Garbage Warrior
March 2: Garbage Warrior
A documentary that explores working with reclaimed materials in sustainable design and disaster relief.
Seed: The Untold StoryApril 6: Seed: The Untold Story
Follow passionate seed keepers who are protecting a 12,000 year-old food legacy.
Washington College Norman James Theatre
Earth DayApril 22: Earth Day
Family fun and environmental programming at Memorial Row, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Power of Community
May 4: The Power of Community
A documentary about how Cuba survived Peak Oil.
Figg’s Ordinary, 101 S. Cross St.
We Feed the WorldJune 1: We Feed the World
A film about how corporations affect farmers, fishermen and the food supply.
Wendell Berry, Poet and ProphetJuly 6: Wendell Berry, Poet and Prophet
A sensible, no-compromise plan to save the world.
August 3: Fresh
New ways to think about how and what people eat.
Urban Permaculture September 7: Urban Permaculture
Regenerative design in the city.
Passive House RevolutionOctober 5: Passive House Revolution
How to maximize energy efficiency in home construction and remodeling.

2016 Environmental Events

Download a flyer of all events in the 2016 Shore Homesteading series (PDF)

Energy Audit
January 7: Ed Minch
Are your energy bills hurting your wallet but your home is still cold? In this session you will learn the common sources of heat leakage and how to correct this problem.
Native plant for water quality
February 4: Eric Buehl
How homeowners can improve regional water quality by using rain barrels, rain gardens, native plants, and the proper use of pesticides.
Dirt the Movie
March 3: Dirt: The Movie
A story with heart and soul brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has.
Vanishing of the Bees
April 7: Vanishing of the Bees
Follows commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy. Bees pollinate a third of the food we eat but they are vanishing from their hives at an alarming rate.
Chasing Ice
May 5: Chasing Ice
Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the track of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet.
Aronia - Niche Crops
June 2: Andrew Ristvey
Discussion on niche crops with an emphasis on introducing aronia as a viable crop in this region.
Conservation Landscaping
July 7: Lyle Almond
A review of CCLC’s Eight Essentials of Conservation Landscaping and aesthetic and ecological principles of woodland gardening.
Blue Gold
August 4: Blue Gold
Blue Gold wars of the future will be fought over water, not oil, as the source of cell life enters the center stage on the global political arena for control of our dwindling fresh water supply.
Just Eat It
September 1: Just Eat It
A food waste story. Americans toss and the equivalent of $165 billion in food annually.
Growing HerbsSeptember 20: Growing and Cooking with Herbs
Join Master Gardener Sabine Harvey for a talk on how to produce, preserve, and use herbs to spice up home cooking.
Backyard EcosystemsOctober 1: Backyard Ecosystems
Certified Horticulturalist Cindy King will share a presentation followed by a question and answer session.
Olamana GardensOctober 6: Olamana Gardens
Get inspired by several do-it-yourself projects including worm cultivating, soil-blocking, and aquaponic garden designs.
OktoberfestOctober 8: An Eastern Shore Oktoberfest
Live music and children’s activities to benefit Colchester Farm CSA.
Wild HomebrewingOctober 12: Wild Homebrewing
From apple cider to dandelion and elderflower wine, learn how to homebrew using foraged fruits and flowers with Tara Holste.
Composting October 17: Composting 101
Learn how to turn kitchen scraps, fallen leaves, and grass clippings into soil fertility with Master Gardener Denise Malueg.
Feast and FamineOctober 24: Feast and Famine: The Food System of the Mid-Shore
Join this intensely interactive workshop to learn the realities of life here on the Shore, how the “system” really works, and what you can do to help.
Inhabit: A Permaculture PerspectiveNovember 3: Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective
An introduction to permaculture, an ecological design method for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, and governance.
The Versatile CabbageNovember 15: The Versatile Cabbage
Explore the many variations of this easy-to-grow and highly nutritious plant family.
Alone in the WildernessDecember 1: Alone in the Wilderness
Follow the mesmerizing story of Dick Proenneke, a man who ventures into the Alaskan wilderness to live a simple life in the natural world.

Environmental Committee Minutes and Agendas

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