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.
A Vision to Reduce Waste in Chestertown
2018 Environmental Events
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. This programming is intended to facilitate an ongoing conversation about environmental topics in our community.
2/1: Merchants of Doubt
Spin doctors spread misinformation and confusion about global climate change.
3/1: How to Change the World
The early days of Greenpeace illustrate how to mobilize community.
Garbage pickers in Rio de Janeiro become subjects mimicking famous paintings.
5/3: Garbage Dreams
A look into the lives of Egyptian trash collectors.
An exploration of the financial and ecological impact of the bottled water industry.
7/5: A Place at the Table
Hunger poses economic, social and cultural implications for our nation.
8/2: Deeply Rooted
John Coykendall’s seed preservation inspires us to reconnect with the land.
9/6: A River of Waste
The health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial meat system.
Seven activists fight to legalize industrial hemp in the United States.
11/1: How to Let Go of the World
A riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring due to climate change.
12/6: Racing to Extinction
Exposing the forces that are leading our planet to its next mass extinction.
2017 Environmental Events
March 2: Garbage Warrior
A documentary that explores working with reclaimed materials in sustainable design and disaster relief. View feedback
Follow passionate seed keepers who are protecting a 12,000 year-old food legacy. View feedback.
Family fun and environmental programming at Memorial Row, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
5/4: 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. View feedback.
A sensible, no-compromise plan to save the world. View feedback.
8/19: Tomato Tasting
Vote for the best tasting tomato.
Lockbriar Farms, 10051 Worton Road, 11am-1pm
Student-guided tours of the Washington College Campus Garden, a food forest and wildlife sanctuary.
1-3pm, parking behind 508 Washington Ave.
Plants throughout history have healed wounds, settled tummies and soothed coughs. Learn which plants to cultivate in your own living medicine cabinet, their historic uses and simple ways to prepare. Washington College, Hynson Lounge, 6:30-7:30pm.
Live music and children’s activities to benefit Colchester Farm CSA. Buy tickets online.
How to maximize energy efficiency in home construction and remodeling.
Yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and therapeutic touch create meaningful connections in everyday life. A discussion of how your body works, why yoga supports health, and easy techniques to practice at home.
Permaculturist Shane Brill on ecological tactics for healthy landscapes.
How sustainable is your chocolate?
A community performance art piece to inspire action on climate change.
Explore the extent of global waste.
Two short films and community visioning about the reducing waste in Chestertown.
Washington College, Hynson Lounge, 6:30-8:00pm.
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. View feedback.
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. View feedback.
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. View feedback.
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.