The Stonington Garden Club seeks to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through programs and action in the field of conservation.
The purpose of Conservation Committee is to inform our members (and the public where appropriate) about critical issues threatening our environmental health and to educate and inspire our members (and the public where appropriate) about conservation preservation actions which we can take collectively or individually to improve our environmental health.
This committee is open to all SGC members (including New Members) who are interested in conserving our precious natural resources. Please join Conservation if you wish to be informed of important Conservation issues and/ or would like to actively participate in a project. Last year the Conservation Committee has had a busy year with a focus on Community Outreach, educating our members through our monthly newsletter on water and energy saving tips, and providing visibility on key national and legislative conservation issues. The Committee is also responsible for communicating and tracking active club member votes on GCA’s Founder’s Fund.
1) The Conservation Committee sponsored a public forum on Climate Change. In 2018, SGC partnered with the Stonington Harbor Yacht Club to hold a public forum with the Town Planner and Town Engineer to review and discuss the results.
2)Inspired by a Conservation speaker, Judy Preston, an environmental consultant who developed the University of Connecticut’s coastal planting guides for Connecticut and Rhode Island, the SGC funded her consulting time to work with representatives working on the town’s new Mystic River Boathouse Park.
3) Annually a SGC club member travels to Washington D.C. to attend the Garden Club of America’s National Affairs and Legislation Conference . In 2018, a membership meeting was devoted to educating our club membership on key environmental issues and pending /proposed legislation to address these concerns.
4) The Conservation Committee takes field trips to view conservation films or visit local arboretums.
5) Working with Eastern Connecticut Conservation District (ECCD) on a Rain Garden Installation
Wayland’s Wharf, a public space located in the heart of Stonington Borough.