A Month of Earth Days? Yes, Please!

Sustainable Saratoga has Opportunities for Everyone

Family-friendly composting workshop held at Pitney Meadows Community Farm. Photos Provided by Sustainable Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS – While Earth Day (April 22) is a single day dedicated to environmental action, Sustainable Saratoga works every day to promote sustainable practices and environmental protection through education and advocacy efforts, which empower people to take consequential action to protect our planet for current and future generations.

In partnership with Pitney Meadows Community Farm, enthusiastic composters from Sustainable Saratoga will share their tips and tricks to get started with food and yard waste composting during three workshops in April. “Reducing food waste is a great step to reducing your carbon footprint, but composting food waste also plays a role in fighting climate change by reducing the methane produced by food decomposing in a landfill,” explains Whitney Davis, avid composter and chair of Sustainable Saratoga’s Zero Waste committee.

On April 20, Skidmore’s Anne Ernst will discuss the growing environmental problems caused by plastic pollution. “Plastic – Miracle Molecule or Environmental Scourge?” is co-hosted by the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County and Sustainable Saratoga.

Bags of trash collected during Sustainable Saratoga’s 2020 Team Up to Clean Up event

After learning about the problems of plastic pollution, join the Team Up to Clean Up litter collection event on April 23. The goal of this clean-up event is to raise awareness about the chronic issue of litter pollution — especially cans and plastic single-use items — and to make a tangible difference by removing lots of litter from our trails and neighborhoods.

Sustainable Saratoga’s new Pollinator Committee will be hard at work throughout the month of April growing plants for their upcoming Pollinator Palooza native plant sale on June 5. On April 26, committee member and passionate native gardener Johanna Garrison will give a Zoom presentation about the importance of native plants and pollinators.

Tree Toga tree planting in 2019

The month of April culminates with a perennial favorite – Tree Toga tree planting throughout the City of Saratoga Springs on April 30. “We focus on large-growing shade trees because they provide far greater benefits than small ornamentals, cooling our homes and yards, fighting climate change, and providing habitat,” says Tom Denny, founding member and 10-year veteran of Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project.

To learn more about these events, or register to participate, visit Sustainable Saratoga’s website — www.sustainablesaratoga.org — or social channels on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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