March 14, 2018 - Greenwich passed a ban on plastic bags, which makes it the second municipality in Connecticut (after Westport) to do so. Read more here.

March 13, 2018 - The state's Environment Committee is reviewing a new proposed bill regarding the state's Water Plan. Read more about this bill and others at the Rivers Alliance of Connecticut's website.

February 15, 2018 - WEC is incredibly excited and honored to be a recipient of the TownVibe Green Award! Read more about all the winners here.

January 23, 2018 - Another terrible incident has occurred in Waterbury's Naugatuck River. Up to 6,000 gallons of hydraulic fluid has leaked into the river, some of it flowing as far as Long Island Sound. Visit our friends at the Rivers Alliance of Connecticut for more information.

January 18, 2018 - Our next Earth Day 5K and Roadside Cleanup is scheduled for April 21, 2018. This is a great out-and-back race for beginner runners because the course is fairly flat, which isn't always easy to find in Litchfield County. Bring a dog to run with you!

December 6, 2017 - It's not receiving enough attention in the media, but did you know there was a 5 million gallon sewage spill in Waterbury this past October? Read more about this awful incident at the Rivers Alliance of CT website.

December 4, 2017 - WEC and WMS are co-sponsoring a FREE screening of the documentary Bag It. For more information, click here.

November 20, 2017 - It's time to ban glyphosate. Sign this petition and bring this matter to Governor Dannel Malloy now! Once enough signatures are collected, it will be presented to Governor Dannel Malloy and he will be asked for an Executive Ban on this toxic carcinogen. Learn more about glyphosate here.

September 29, 2017 - Consider signing this petition to save our pollinators. "Bees are dying by the million, and a growing body of scientific evidence points to a dangerous new breed of pesticides called neonics as the main culprit. In response, a wave of local cities and towns are taking steps to ban bee-killing pesticides." Click here to learn more.

September 20, 2017 - Need to clean your home and yard of hazardous waste? Please visit us at Household Hazardous Waste Day this Saturday, 9/23/17, for this completely FREE and EASY way to dispose of hazardous waste. Check out our HHWD Page for all the details.

August 21, 2017 Big Eco News:  California Lists Glyphosate as Known Carcinogen

Glyphosate is an herbicide widely used in the USA. It is most commonly sold under the brand “Roundup” but is a prominent ingredient in many chemical-based weed killers. Glyphosate has been proven to be acutely toxic to not just weeds - it’s harmful to human and animal life too. (It even gets into river water and harms fish!) In July 2017, the state of California listed glyphosate under Proposition 65 as known to cause cancer. While glyphosate should ideally be banned, getting this warning label is a big victory. Environmentalists around the global celebrated California’s achievement, and all of us at WEC hope more communities follow suit. In the meantime, be sure to read the labels when shopping for garden supplies and opt for glyphosate-free, all natural weed killers for your yard and gardens. You and your family will be healthier for it.

July 31, 2017 - The State of Connecticut is asking the public to review and comment on the Draft Water Plan. The draft will available for 120 days, until November 20, 2017. A high quality (large size) download is available here.

July 11, 2017 - The Town of New Milford approved a ban on fracking waste. Since the Town of Washington banned fracking waste in 2015, over 20 other Connecticut municipalities have followed suit, including:
Andover, Ashford, Bloomfield, Branford, Chaplin, Coventry, Hampton, Hebron, Lebanon, Litchfield, Mansfield, Middletown, New London, New Milford, Pomfret, Portland, Washington, Willington, Windham (includes Willimantic), Windsor, Woodstock.

July 11, 2017 - Couldn't make it to the Expo? Click here for a great recap video by Woodbury Voices!

June 19, 2017  - We hope to see you this Saturday, June 24th at the Future Now Sustainability Expo. Check out the Expo website for details on vendors, exhibitors, speakers, workshops and more. Don't miss Rep. Elizabeth Esty's keynote address at 11:00 a.m.!

May 15, 2017 - WEC has announced the winners of the 2017 Environmental Scholarships. We'll be holding our annual Awards Ceremony on June 6, 2017 at the First Congregational Church in Washington.

May 9, 2017 - WEC would like you to check out the CT League of Conservation Voters "Environmental Watchlist" to help you keep on top of key pending legislation that will affect you and your community.

April 10, 2017 - Join us April 29, 2017 on the New Milford Town Green for the People's Climate March.

March 23, 2017 - WEC is ready to read your application for our annual scholarship awards. Download your forms now.

February 23, 2017 - Connecticut is considering a new bill regarding single use carryout bags.
February 3, 2017 - Lots of events planned for 2017, including a screening of "Before the Flood," and the Future Now Expo. Also: this year we're adding a 5K race to our Earth Day roadside cleanup. Stay tuned for more details.

November 28, 2016 - WEC's Fall 2016 newsletter is out. Read it now to learn more about our new co-presidents, find new ways to reduce your plastic footprint, and hear our exciting announcement!

November 14, 2016 - Great news! New Milford Mayor Gronbach has withdrawn his proposal to build a power plant at the old Century Brass site. Read the whole story at the News Times here. Thanks go to everyone who signed the petition against the project!

October 4, 2016 - WEC welcomes Diane Lash Decker and Carrie Rowe as new Co-Presidents of the Council! Former President Carlos Canal continues to serve WEC in the capacity of President Emeritus.

September 24, 2016 - WEC held its third Moon Dance to benefit the Council's Scholarship Fund. Check out the photos here.

September 17, 2016 - Household Hazardous Waste Day is September 17, 2016 from 8 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at a NEW LOCATION: John Pettibone School at 2 Pickett District Road in New Milford. For more details click here.

July 1, 2016 - WEC and Washington Market hold their first drawing for winner of the Good Bag gift certificate prize of $100.

June 7, 2016 - WEC presented local students with awards for Environmental Scholarships and Pratt Nature Center Day Camp Sponsorships at its annual Scholarship Awards.

May 28, 2016 - The Council launches The Good Bag Program, an initiative designed to eliminate the use of disposable plastic and paper bags at checkout counters in Washington.

March 1, 2016 - Apply now for a WEC scholarship. Find more information here. Applications are due by April 11, 2016.

October 8, 2015  - WEC has recently learned that Coventry is the second town in Connecticut to enact a ban on fracking waste, following Washington's passage of similar legislation in March 2015. We are aware of five other Connecticut towns that also considering similar ordinances. We hope to see many more towns follow our lead before Connecticut's moratorium on fracking waste ends in July 2017.

July 10, 2015  - The State of Connecticut passed HB 7102, a school construction bill containing language that allows Shepaug to apply for STEM funding for the Shepaug Valley Regional Agriscience Academy. This means that an additional 50-60 students per year would be accepted into this program, and potentially growing to up to 250 students over a four-year period.

June 3, 2015 - Sadly, the Connecticut General Assembly did not put the Bag Ban Bill to a vote during this year's session.

June 2, 2015 - Awards were granted to local students for our College Scholarship Awards and new Pratt Nature Center Sponsorship.

May 12, 2015 - WEC is now accepting applications for the Pratt Nature Center Scholarship. Applications are due May 27, 2015. Please visit this page to find out more information about this great new program.

May 1, 2015 - WEC helped students at WPS fund and implement a new composting program. Find more information on this and our other school programs here.

April 30, 2015 - WEC purchased a Mantis double barreled composter for use by the Washington Primary School for their Environmental Club's brand new lunch composting program.

April 15, 2015 - The Connecticut General Assembly is currently reviewing a proposed bill that would ban single use bags in Connecticut. Click here for more details.

March 14, 2015 - WEC is now accepting applications for our 2015 college scholarships for environmental studies. Applications are due by April 11, 2015. You can find application forms and more information on our scholarship page.

March 5, 2015 - The Town of Washington passed an ordinance regarding fracking waste. Check out more information on our fracking page.