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.
- 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.
- Meet the Environmental Committee
- Chestertown Recycling Report
- Meet the Environmental Committee
- Browse our Video Library
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.
March 2: Garbage Warrior
A documentary that explores working with reclaimed materials in sustainable design and disaster relief.
Follow passionate seed keepers who are protecting a 12,000 year-old food legacy.
Washington College Norman James Theatre
Family fun and environmental programming at Memorial Row, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 4: The Power of Community
A documentary about how Cuba survived Peak Oil.
Figg’s Ordinary, 101 S. Cross St.
A film about how corporations affect farmers, fishermen and the food supply.
A sensible, no-compromise plan to save the world.
August 3: Fresh
New ways to think about how and what people eat.
Regenerative design in the city.
How to maximize energy efficiency in home construction and remodeling.
2016 Environmental Events
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 2: Andrew Ristvey
Discussion on niche crops with an emphasis on introducing aronia as a viable crop in this region.
July 7: Lyle Almond
A review of CCLC’s Eight Essentials of Conservation Landscaping and aesthetic and ecological principles of woodland gardening.
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.
September 1: Just Eat It
A food waste story. Americans toss and the equivalent of $165 billion in food annually.
Join Master Gardener Sabine Harvey for a talk on how to produce, preserve, and use herbs to spice up home cooking.
Certified Horticulturalist Cindy King will share a presentation followed by a question and answer session.
Get inspired by several do-it-yourself projects including worm cultivating, soil-blocking, and aquaponic garden designs.
Live music and children’s activities to benefit Colchester Farm CSA.
From apple cider to dandelion and elderflower wine, learn how to homebrew using foraged fruits and flowers with Tara Holste.
Learn how to turn kitchen scraps, fallen leaves, and grass clippings into soil fertility with Master Gardener Denise Malueg.
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.
An introduction to permaculture, an ecological design method for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, and governance.
Explore the many variations of this easy-to-grow and highly nutritious plant family.
Follow the mesmerizing story of Dick Proenneke, a man who ventures into the Alaskan wilderness to live a simple life in the natural world.