It's a busy few weeks for sustainability in Rocky Hill! I wanted to share some updates and sustainability events that are happening around town.
Take a look at this chart of activities showing that Rocky Hill is about half-way to its goal of achieving silver level certification from SustainableCT. https://www.rockyhillct.gov/508/Progress-Toward-SustainableCT-Certificat
July Task Force Meeting
The task force met on July 27, 2023 for our monthly meeting. You can watch it on YouTube or read these highlights:
- Michelle Ouimette, Assistant Girl Scout Troop Leader for Troop 10246, shared how the troop is undertaking a project to provide visitors to Quarry Park with information about the history and culture.
- We agreed to launch a crowdfunding campaign to improve access to composting. (Can't wait for the crowdfunding campaign? Get started composting today with a guide from Mary Beth Maluccio.
- The Sustainable Rocky Hill book club toured the home of Sue Cougan and learned about maintaining an apple orchard, a 3-bin composting system, and talked about the challenges of establishing a wildflower meadow. See pictures and our lessons from all book club sessions!
- Robert Downes is organizing a survey on community access to food and a green energy forum.
- Ed Chiucarello will be participating in Planning and Zoning conversations to support the town's affordable housing efforts.
- We have a new web page and an official Facebook account
At a recent Town Council meeting, Lisa Gilbert and Fran Whelan spoke to the farmland loss caused by heavy flooding. As the climate changes, heavy rainfall will become more frequent, so its critical that as a town we come together to support our local agriculture. Watch their presentation here on YouTube.
In the short term, You can help out farmers by buying directly from them at farm stands around town and participating in the town's Farmers Markets.