The Newport Garden Club’s annual conservation meeting will feature a talk by Dave McLaughlin, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Access (COA) who will speak about COA’s Healthy Soils Healthy Seas initiative, which seeks to make composting as commonplace as taking out the trash. Piloted first on Aquidneck Island, HSHSRI will be scaled throughout Rhode Island and beyond.  The meeting will be at the Newport Public Library at 300 Spring Street in Newport, from 3-5 pm on Wednesday, July 10th.   The meeting is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Dave McLaughlin is the Co-Founder of Clean Ocean Access.  COA was founded in 2006 to support a healthy ocean free of marine debris with water that is safe for all ocean activities and a shoreline that is accessible to the public.  To promote that mission, COA’s Healthy Soils Healthy Seas initiative recognizes that ocean health starts on land. Working together with organizations and state and local government, Clean Ocean Access is helping to lead the Healthy Soils Healthy Seas Rhode Island (HSHSRI) initiative.

The meeting will also offer information about the Healthy Yard Pledge and other conservation initiatives.  No RSVP is required.

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