The Washington Environmental Council was recently named one of five winners of the Morris Media Group’s 2018 Townvibe Green Awards.

This annual award recognizes non-profits, businesses and individuals who are leading the local fight to protect the environment while also creating a sustainable social and economic community.

The Washington Environmental Council was one of two winners in a category recognizing a “business or non-profit organization whose primary focus is producing or selling innovative green products, providing innovative green services, and/or promoting a green lifestyle.”

WEC was founded in 1971 and has led environmental efforts in Washington, such as: creating the town’s first recycling program, being the first town in Connecticut to ban the storage and disposal of fracking waste, and awarding thousands in student scholarships.

In 2017 it organized the Future Now Environmental Expo and partnered with the Steep Rock Association for an Earth Day 5K, while continuing its annual Earth Day roadside cleanup.

WEC continues its dedication to the environmental health of Washington and the surrounding region, with plans to work with local businesses, associations, and governmental agencies to institute a ban on disposable plastic bags in Washington by 2019.