The Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a 501 (c)3 domestic not-for-profit corporation based in Washington, Connecticut. Since its founding in 1971, the Council’s mission has been to be an advocate for and provide leadership in maintaining, protecting and enhancing the environmental quality of the Town of Washington and the surrounding area.

WEC organizes and supports a wide range of community services, including the Earth Day roadside cleanup, Climate Change Awareness Day, Household Hazardous Waste Day, the Harwood Environmental Lecture Series, Environmental Programs for Local Schools, College Scholarships for Environmental Studies and many other one time environmental events. It is also an active environmental steward and intervenes early in situations that threaten to degrade the environment. Our goal is to keep Washington and the surrounding area the very special and beautiful place that it is for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

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Earth Day 5K and roadside cleanup: April 21, 2018.
Please join the Washington Environmental Council and the Steep Rock Association in celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 21st with a great 5k and shoe drive! This beautiful 5k begins at 9 am and meanders along the Shepaug River through the Steep Rock preserve on a dirt road with beautiful scenery. This mostly flat run is a great course for beginners and veterans alike. Join us at the end of the event for snacks, conversation and prizes. In honor of Earth Day we ask all runners to bring their own water bottles. The event will also offer a sneaker drive. Please bring your gently used sneakers tied together by the laces. All shoes will be donated through Woodbridge Running Company in Brookfield to the Rerun program. Rerun sends all donated sneakers to Africa to live a second life. To find out more go to Same day registration for this event begins at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 8:45 a.m.. See you there!