New Trumbull survey asks what environmental issues are important to residents

TRUMBULL — How much do the residents of Trumbull care about preserving the city park? Do they want to know more about replacing trees cut or downed during storms? What environmental and sustainability issues are important to city residents?

These are just some of the questions the Trumbull Conservation Commission and Sustainable Trumbull hope to get answered in a new survey that will go live this week. The survey, which will be accessible through the city’s website starting April 1, aims to find out how residents feel about a variety of environmental and sustainability issues centered on Trumbull.

“The ultimate plan is to really take the temperature of the city,” said Mary Ellen Lemay, chair of the Trumbull Conservation Commission. “Does the city really care about issues of conservation, sustainability, etc.? ? Will they be willing to participate and help us with these things? »

Lemay said the survey will allow the commission and Sustainable Trumbull to plan more strategically for issues that require the most time and energy.

Sustainable Trumbull – a citizen-led group aiming to make Trumbull more fiscally, socially and environmentally sustainable – and the Conservation Commission are run by volunteers, so it’s important to know what issues residents want them to address. are working, Lemay said.

Among the questions in the survey, respondents are asked to rank how important it is to them to replace trees that have fallen naturally or been felled by owners or utilities.

“In some cities, (replacing trees is) a top priority for people,” Lemay said. “It may not be in Trumbull, but it’s important to know.”

Other questions included a request for respondents’ top three priorities for Trumbull. The question provides a list of possible answers, including schools, natural resources, economic development, street repair and maintenance, and affordable housing.

Lemay said she’s done these kinds of surveys with other organizations she’s worked with, and they’re generally helpful. She said there’s no better time than the present to learn what issues are most important to people and work to solve them.

“The saying goes, ‘When is the best time to plant a tree? Yesterday. That’s kind of where we are right now,” Lemay said.

The survey will be open from April 1 to April 16 and the results will be released on Earth Day, April 22.