It Takes A Village events provide neighborhood resources and interactive lessons on sustainability

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

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

“That not all adults are mean, police are people just like us, and everyone who works in your community is a human just like you,” said Glenn Sr.

Also at the event was the Trash Lab of the Dane County Dept. of Waste and Renewables.

The Trash Lab is a mobile museum that offers interactive lessons about the way trash circulates through Dane County.

Waste engineer Sujata Gautam said the goal is to offer community members in their area a landfill tour so they don’t have to travel to the landfill.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to achieve those goals, to meet people where they are in their spaces and say, ‘Hey! You know that the garbage you throw out here travels to us,” Gautam said.

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

“I get such a feeling of joy that yes! People make the connection: “Wow. People really throw away all sorts of things that don’t need to go in the trash, and why does our community and society at large work like this?” Gautam said. “Learn this story. Think about this journey and how we can be a little more mindful about what we consume and bring into our lives and what we are trying to get rid of and where it is going?

Future events will take place on these days:

  • Thursday 14 July – 1-4pm
  • Thursday 28 July – 1-4pm
  • Thursday 11 August – 1pm – 4pm

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