Applications being accepted for Community Environmental Academy

Applications are being accepted for Lexington’s 2021-22 Community Environmental Academy (CEA). Topics covered include water quality, wastewater treatment, urban forestry, transportation, waste management and more.

Participants get an insider’s view of the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works through a series of talks, tours and hands-on learning experiences.These sessions will be held over five Saturdays from August through November.

After November, participants work together to develop and execute projects related to academy topics. Projects must be completed by the end of May 2022.

“I learned so much about Lexington and its resources, as well as what goes on behind the scenes at places like McConnell Springs and Town Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant,” says Tammy Collier, a 2018 CEA graduate. “I have great memories of the quality time I spent on Saturdays.”

Past CEA projects include:

●     Native landscaping to address stormwater problems at McConnell Springs

●     The Go See Trees program, highlighting local trees

●     And, Stitch It, Don’t Pitch It, which promotes reusable alternatives to single-use items.

“Some very creative projects and programs have come out of the Community Environmental Academy,” says Nancy Albright, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works. “We love providing the opportunity for Lexington residents to actively learn about and participate in the work of our department.”

Applications are open through Friday, August 6.

Find more details, including the full schedule and application at