Read our monthly columns from The Westfield Leader, where we explore different topics about local sustainability events and green living advice. 

June 2022

To Spray or Not to Spray for Mosquitoes?

A More Environmentally-Friendly Approach to Mosquito Control

The buzz, the bite, the itch – it would be so nice to enjoy our yards without the nuisance of mosquitoes!

The U.S. has around 200 mosquito species, and all require water to complete their life cycles. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, where the larvae hatch and feed until they emerge as adults. Only female mosquitoes bite mammals for the necessary nutrients to produce eggs.

Try the following tips to help combat these pesky critters, while limiting harm to other beneficial bugs and wildlife.

Tip, toss, and cover

Mosquitoes must have a water source to lay their eggs: a bird bath, flowerpot saucer or forgotten bucket that fill.......


May 2022

Rain gardens: The benefits of a multi-functional gardens


Did you know rainwater can collect pollutants from surfaces, like your downspouts, driveway, and lawn, and carry them into local streams and rivers?

 A rain garden is a natural solution that helps mitigate pollution and pooling of water by providing specific ecological benefits: 

  • Detention: safely collects and temporarily holds stormwater runoff to delay the peak discharge
  • Filtration: filters and consumes pollutants protecting our groundwater
  • Infiltration: allows rain to seep into the ground rather than flow to the storm drain
  • Habitat: supports the local pollinators and other wildlife

How does it do all that? 

A rain garden is a shallow 6-8” deep basin planted with native plants that are adapted to our locale and specific weather patterns. It captures and detains rainwa....... 


April 2022

Native Plants: Why (and How) to Use Them


By choosing to use native plants in your yard, you will play a critical role in restoring the natural ecology of the area. Native plants provide food and habitat to local insects and birds and help counter the loss of biodiversity occurring at an alarming rate over the past decade. 

What are native plants, and why are they so important?

Native plants have adapted over thousands of years to growing in a particular region and have co-evolved to form specialized relationships with native wildlife. These plants provide food for plant-eating insects, which in turn become food for native predatory insects, birds, and mammals. 

Caterpillars, for example, play a critical role in this system. They are a very nutritious food source -- 95% of birds feed their young with caterpillars due to their high protein and nutrient levels. Caterpillars are host plant specialists....... 


March 2022

One resident’s trash, another’s treasure - declutter and save at Westfield’s Free Market


The Westfield Green Team is organizing its fourth Free Market event on April 30, 2022 from 8am - 2:30pm. The goal of the Free Market event is to keep used but perfectly good items out of landfills and incinerators by promoting reuse. Westfield residents can donate their unwanted, gently-used items or browse donated items to take home for free, even if they didn’t donate. The event is like a giant yard sale, except everything is free. At last year’s event, the Green Team collected approximately four tons of household goods. Anything that is not taken will be collected by GreenDrop, an organization that accepts donations to assist the American Red Cross and other charitable programs, for distribution to deserving families or for recycling.

Why are we so passionate about this event?

The United States dumps hundreds of millions of tons of trash into landfills each year, and the volume of our waste continues to increase. Landfills are reaching maximum capacity, creating.......


February 2022

Live Greener in 2022 By Recycling At The Conservation Center!


Welcome to the newly established Westfield Green Corner, where you'll find information on local sustainability and climate news, green tips and tricks to use in your everyday life, as well as eco-friendly opportunities and events to enjoy in our town. We wanted to start off this column with making sure you were aware of all of the recycling opportunities available at the Conservation Center (1300 Lamberts Mill Road) for Westfield residents beyond what you can recycle curbside every other week.

Recycling can help us all live more sustainably, and we are lucky to live in a town that offers a wide variety of recycling programs. In fact, the Westfield Conservation Center has been named "the best run Conservation Center in the county with the most recycling opportunities (both free and paid) for residents." by JoAnn Gemenden.......