“It Takes a Village” events provide neighborhood resources and interactive sustainability lessons

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – “It’s A Village” events are back for a second summer with the goal of bringing the community together at local Madison public parks.

Will R. Glenn Sr., event organizer and librarian at Madison Public Library – Goodman South Teen Services, said events can connect people to community resources.

“That not all adults are evil, that the police are human like us, and everyone who works in your community is human like you,” Glenn Sr.

The event also featured the Dane County Department of Waste and Renewable Energy Trash Lab.

The Trash Lab is a mobile museum that offers interactive lessons on how trash moves around Dane County.

Solid Waste Management Engineer Sujata Gautam said the aim was to offer a tour of the landfill to community members in their area, so they don’t have to travel to the landfill.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to achieve those goals of meeting people where they are in their spaces and saying, ‘Hey! You know the trash you throw out here is coming our way,'” Gautam said.

Gautam guides families through the immersive, but not smelly or dirty look at where the trash goes and how it can be improved.

“I feel such joy that yes! People make the connection of, ‘Wow. People really throw away all kinds of things that don’t need to be in the trash and why does our community and society as a whole operate this way? said Gautam. “Learn this story. Think about this journey and how we can be a little more aware of what we are consuming and bringing into our lives and what are we trying to get rid of and where is it going?”

The next events will take place these days:

  • Thursday July 14 – 1-4 p.m.
  • Thursday July 28 – 1-4 p.m.
  • Thursday August 11 – 1-4 p.m.

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