Earth Month Activities

What a month! We celebrated green living and learning!  Thanks to everyone who joined us for the fun.

Leaf Rubbing
Produce Bag Craft
Invertebrates Activity
Invertebrates Research Equipment
Activity
Compost Activity
Examples of Compostable Items
Compost Bin

One example of student art work

Student Art Example

All sorts of vehicles

Electric Vehicles
Ice Cream!
Electric Vehicles with Flag

Free Market

Free Market Items
Free Market Items

2022 Earth Month activities included:

Launch of our Newsletter!

Sign up to receive our quarterly newsletters if you haven’t already. It’s easy:

  • Visit westfieldnj.gov/townupdates
  • Enter your email address, and click "Sign in"
  • Select the email icon for the “Green Team” under "Notify Me," as well as for any other topics you're interested in receiving updates on
  • Confirm your selection(s) by clicking the confirmation link sent to your email

Green Team Newsletter


Facebook Live Event: Live Greener

April 7 at 12pm

Learn about how you can live greener during a Facebook Live with Mayor Brindle and the Westfield Green Team. This will include an overview of fun and educational events during Earth Month including the Live Greener Fair and Free Market, ways to improve your home's energy efficiency and save money on your energy bills, an exciting new pilot program with Reusable Food Containers and Wonder Trucks and much more.


Student Art Contest: What does living greener mean to you?

Open to All Students. Up to Three $50 Prizes to be Awarded!

As part of Earth Month, we are holding a student art contest with the theme of What does living greener mean to you?, focusing on the positive aspects of environmental sustainability. Share your creativity and inspire others by submitting artwork that shows how you live a greener life or any other interpretation that relates to the theme. For more information or to submit artwork, please visit Live Greener Student Art Contest or email ashleyhu2004@gmail.com with any questions.

  • This is open to all students, with a $50 prize available for each grade group (elementary, middle, and high school)
  • Artwork in all media is accepted via online submission
  • The three winners will be announced at the Live Greener Fair on Sunday, April 24 (1-4 pm, North Avenue Train Station Lot) 
  • Winning and runner-up submissions will be displayed in Downtown Westfield stores. These pieces will be collected from the student’s school and returned to the student after being displayed.

Submit your art here by simply taking and uploading a few pictures!



Great Swamp Native Plant Sale

April 1-22 order online and pickup locally at Brightwood Park in Westfield

Native plants are critical to supporting the ecosystem, especially birds and beneficial insects like bees and butterflies. To support wildlife in your own backyard, buy native plant species through the Great Swamp organization. This sale offers Garden Kits that suit a variety of typical garden conditions, as well as 28 individual species. 

View the online catalog and order here.


Live Greener Fair

Sunday, April 24th from 1pm – 4pm at the North Avenue Train Station Lot

Westfield will hold its first ever Live Greener Fair that promises to be a fun-filled afternoon for all ages with hands-on activities that demonstrate ways to incorporate simple, sustainable practices into your daily lives.

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Food Composting: Learn about the basics of food composting. Kids can test their knowledge and participate by putting vegetable scraps (and worms) in composting bins. 

Solar Panels: Learn about the benefits of solar panels and hear from local homeowners about their experience with them.

Anti-Idling: Take our anti-idling quiz for a chance to win a voucher for a free slice of pizza from Outta Hand Pizza.

Create-Your-Own Reusable Bag: With NJ’s upcoming ban on plastic bags, learn from local Girl Scouts how to make a reusable bag from a t-shirt (bring your own t-shirt).

Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Local Owners: Meet local EV owners, check out their cars, and learn from topical presentations. Plus, you’ll have a chance to win EV swag!

Environmental Advocacy: Support letter-writing efforts for a cause that matters to you.

Meatless Meals: Learn about popular vegetarian and vegan options from Westfield restaurants, while kids color a plate full of veggies and other healthy foods.

Plant a Seed: Build your own paper garden, plant herb seeds in paper pots, learn about native plants, and provide your input on potential community gardens.

Recycling Card Game: Test your knowledge about what’s recyclable, compostable, or neither.

Student Art: View art submissions from Westfield students to get a glimpse of what it means to them to live greener.

Thrifty Fashion: Peruse trendy clothes selected from the Westfield Service League Thrift Shop by our high school Green Team members.

Reusable Produce Bag Decoration: Kids can decorate reusable produce bags with earth-friendly art supplies to take home with them.

Tool Sharing Vision Board: Discuss potential resident-sharing programs and provide your feedback. 

Reusable Container Pilot: Learn about our reusable takeout container pilot program with Wonder.

Spotted Lanternfly Traps: Watch as spotted lanternfly traps are built. Residents will have an opportunity to take traps home, while supplies last! 

Visit with Vendors: CIEL Power, Community Solar/Solar Landscape, Westfield area CSA and more.

Prizes, free giveaways and music!


Free Market

Saturday, April 30 at the South Avenue Train Station Lot

Drop off donations: 8am – 11:30am - Pre-register here

Browse and pick up: 11:30am - 2:30pm

Donate or take home (at no cost) yard sale quality items such as clothing, kitchen items, garden tools and small furniture pieces! This is a great way to share still-usable items instead of discarding them, which helps limit what is sent to the landfill. Any items not taken will be collected by GreenDrop, an organization that accepts donations to assist the American Red Cross and other charitable programs, for distribution to deserving families or for recycling.

  • Donations can only be made by Westfield residents but non-residents can browse and take things.
  • Charities are welcome to browse after 1:00.
  • All donated items must be new or gently used, in workable condition and able to be carried by an individual.
  • Categories of accepted goods include clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, books, kitchenware, housewares like blankets & bedding, CDs, DVDs, video games, flat screen TVs, electronics, sporting goods, small furniture, toys, musical instruments, lamps, gardening tools, educational workbooks, sleds and sporting goods.  
  • Goods that can’t be accepted include large appliances, mini refrigerators, air conditioners, tube TVs, computer monitors, food items, exercise equipment, mattresses, foam pads, large furniture, carpets, ladders, recyclables (like paper, cans, magazines).
  • Items should be delivered in clearly labeled boxes, not plastic bags.  Clothing should be boxed and labeled by size and category (womens, mens, teens, toddlers, infants, etc).


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Community Park Clean-up

May 1, 10am - 12pm

Spend the morning helping to beautify Westfield’s parks. Families, teens, Girl/Boy Scout troops and others are welcome. Bring your gardening gloves and meet at one of the locations below. Sign up is recommended.

  • Tamaques Park: Tennis courts
  • Brightwood Park: Parking lot (entrance off Prospect Street)
  • Wooded lot at Myrtle Avenue & Grandview Avenue 

Tamaques Park Rain Garden Ribbon Cutting


Built in 2021, the rain garden consists of three gardens encompassing 18,000 sq. ft. and handles 200,000 gallons of stormwater runoff. Learn more and view details on the plants.