Upcoming Events

"Black Gold" ordering deadline, April 26
Milton Annual Cleanup Day, April 27
Bikes, Barrels and Bags, May 4
Milton Garden Club Perennial Sale, May 11
Brookwood Farm Seedling Sale May 11-12
Green Home Conversations, June 5

Happy Earth Day!!


Locally we will acknowledge Earth Day 2019 on Sat April 27, with sponsored cleanups at several locations within Milton, the Blue Hills Reservation and the Neponset River Watershed.  Sustainable Milton will be hosting a Bikes, Barrels and Bins event on Sat May 4.  Details are below.

Why are these events hardly ever on April 22?  Because many people have off from school &/or work on weekends... 

If you think Earth Day should be a National Holiday please consider signing a petition The North Face started earlier this month.  As of this writing, there are >98,000 signatures, including mine! 

Wouldn't a National Holiday be a great way to celebrate Earth Day's 50th Anniversary in 2020?  We could then, and forever after, honor the Earth by giving back on Earth Day

[of course "Every day should be Earth Day..."]


Local Cleanup Events:

Town of Milton

Multiple locations
Saturday, April 27th: 9 am – 12 noon 

Several local organizations are partnering with the Town to host Clean Up Day. Currently planned locations include: Pine Tree Brook Path, the Pope’s Pond walking path and Ryan Park (in Boston, near the Neponset Trail). Milton Department of Public Works will supply bags, gloves, and post-cleanup trash pickup.

For more info please contact Environmental Coordinator Hillary Waite at:

Thanks to Cleanup Partners: Coldwell Banker of Milton, Mattapan-Milton Neponset Community, Milton Academy, Milton Girl Scouts, Neponset River Watershed Association, Pine Tree Brook Neighborhood Association, Pope’s Pond Neighborhood Association, Sustainable Milton.


DCR Park Serve Day in the Blue Hills
Houghton's Pond parking lot
Saturday, April 27th: 9 am – 1 pm

Help Friends of Blue Hills clear trails or help DCR with more rigorous trail maintenance work. Activities may involve raking, digging out water bars and culverts, cutting branches or removing invasive plants. Plan to hike to the work sites. Wear long pants and gloves. Tools, water, snacks and lunch provided. Info at

As part of the Boston City Nature Challenge, you can also bring your phone and help identify plant and animal species as part of an effort to better understand the Boston-area’s natural diversity.  Learn more about the Challenge.

For more info visit the Trailside Museum's website

Neponset River Spring Cleanup
Multiple locations in Boston, Milton and Quincy
Saturday, April 27th: 9 am – 12 noon 

Our local watershed group is hosting Neponset River cleanups at 8 nearby locations.  For more details please visit the Neponset River Watershed cleanup web page.


Milton Garden Club Events

Black Gold (composted manure)
Paid orders due April 26
Details below

Perennial Sale
Saturday, May 11: 9 am – 11 am (?)

Milton Public Library Lawn
476 Canton Ave

Black Gold is composted manure from a dairy farm near Mt. Wachusett.  It is both a great soil amendment and a nutritious mulch for flower and vegetable gardens.  It can also be used as a top dressing to slowly and naturally feed both new and existing lawns.  Forty pound bags ($8.50/bag) will be available for pickup in Milton beginning May 7.  For more about Black Gold, including estimates of how much you might need for various uses, visit the Otter River Black Gold website.

Orders must be received by April 26th.  Please send a check, payable to Milton Garden Club, with your order to: Shelley Gallagher, 5 Quisset Brook Rd, Milton, MA 02186.  For a copy of the order form or any other questions, please email Anne Pride at

Perennial Sale - what's a great way to find out which flowering plants should thrive in our area, in your growing conditions?  Buy them from local gardeners who are members of the Milton Garden Club!  Most of the plants are actually grown by MGC members and prices are very reasonable.
Bikes, Barrels and Bags!
Sat May 4: 10 AM - 2 PM
Cunningham Hall
77 Edge Hill Rd, Milton
What are 5 or 6 ways you can honor the Earth this spring and save $$ while doing it?

1. Green your Ride I - donate &/or buy used bikes;
2. Green your Ride II - be inspired by quiet and peppy Electric Cars your neighbors are using to Reduce Air Emissions;
3. Save Rain for another day with a Rain Barrel;
4. Reduce Waste and feed your garden and lawn with Homegrown Compost;
5. Reduce Waste by using sturdy and Reusable Shopping Bags (made in NH with recycled materials).  We'll have washable/reusable Produce Bags too;
6. Keep motorized lawn care quiet and odorless - we'll have quiet, non-polluting electric yard care equipment for you to check out as well.

The Bike Committee will accept donated bikes and re-sell them.  Proceeds fund bike safety and education programs in Milton (and the $5 Farmer's Market get for riding your bike to the Farmer's Market while wearing a helmet). This is the bike sale you remember from the old "DPW Days"!   Free helmets with children's bikes while supplies last! 

Sustainable Milton will have rain barrels on display (discounted purchase info will be available soon on the Community Programs page here).  Discounted compost bins will be available for sale as will reusable shopping and produce bags.  Electric cars and lawn care equipment will be on hand for you to check out as well.

All of that while enjoying live music!!

Please join Sustainable Milton and the Milton Bicycle Advisory Committee for a day of $$ saving reuse and reduction ideas.
Brookwood’s annual Seedling Sale
Sat and Sun, May 11 - 12
11 Blue Hill River Rd
Canton, MA

Parking in the front lot is very limited.  Please follow signs for the Meditech lots next door.   

The Seedling Shuttle will once again help transport seedlings to parking lots.  Bringing baskets, flats or boxes will help you safely transport your plants.  Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.  Carpool with a friend and share your appreciation for this active, local farming resource!

Plant lists will be posted soon.  Please visit the BCF website for more info. 

Sustainable Milton Presents:  a series of Green Home Conversations

Please join Sustainable Milton for our 2nd in a series of quarterly presentations and conversations about Greening our Homes.

Renovations and Additions: tracking the MPG of our existing homes

Henry P. MacLean, Architect and Sustainable Milton Board Member

Wednesday June 5, 2019
7 - 8:30 PM, Keyes Room 

Milton Public Library
476 Canton Ave


The series will feature four Milton architects presenting a variety of ways to green existing and new homes.  Topics will range from simple renovations to building homes that depend entirely on renewable energy.

The series will: outline detailed, practical steps you can engage in to enhance the comfort, value and efficiency of your home; and illustrate how the return on investment from insulating to installing solar panels competes with even aggressive investment strategies. Homeowners who have undergone similar projects will join presenters for an open panel discussion.

Our series began March 6 with Architect Joseph Kennard, who presentied“About a Milton Net Zero Energy Home – Building New Homes in the Age of Energy Conservation”.  Joseph showed us how smart and attractive design seamlessly partner with efficient, low maintenance systems in a recently completed net zero energy Milton home.  Forty five people attended this presentation. 

Our series at the Milton Public Library will continue ...

On Weds June 5, 7 - 8:30 PM Henry P. MacLean, Architect and Sustainable Milton Board Member will discuss "Renovations & Additions: tracking the MPG of our existing homes".

In September JB Clancy, Architect, will present:  "Form Follows Energy – historical evolution of home energy use – How the new energy landscape alters the way we design our homes".

In December Thomas Piatt, Architect, will present:  "Creative Opportunities for Sub-dividing Larger Homes – One family, 2 family, 3 family, 4.. : planning tools for a net zero energy Milton".

September and December dates and other details to follow:

Please Note: These presentations will be filmed and broadcast by Milton Access TV.


Sustainable Milton

Pres. Daryl Warner, VP Didi Emmons, Treasurer Greg Naviloff, Secretary Fred Taylor; Board Members:  Erick Ask, Henry MacLean, Louie Pierro, Tara Manno Richer and Tucker Smith

Reach us:  Sustainable Milton is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit org

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