The Ellsworth Green Plan

The Ellsworth Green Plan

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In January 2017, the Ellsworth Garden Club launched the Ellsworth Green Plan after a popular public forum.

The first forum was an instant success. It included city staff, non-profit representatives, and individuals with expertise in a range of areas. At the end of the forum, they all agreed to help “make Ellsworth a model green community.”

In April 2017, the Ellsworth Green Plan Steering Committee formed. The Steering Committee is comprised of community members leading subcommittees in ten focus areas. Their goal is to produce a comprehensive Green Plan by June 2019.

Public Forums

The Ellsworth Garden Club, in partnership with the Green Plan Steering Committee, hosted over 20 public forums on topics ranging from sustainable development to food systems. Public input from the forums will inform the final Ellsworth Green Plan.

Organic Lawn Care

In May 2017, the City of Ellsworth switched to an organic lawn care provider

A Landscaping Model

The St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, Ellsworth Garden Club, and Master Gardeners led by resident Reeser Manley partnered to create an ecologically-friendly landscape around the church

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

In August 2018, the City of Ellsworth installed an electric vehicle charging station on Franklin Street in downtown Ellsworth.

Build Out Analysis

The Conserved Lands Subcommittee is working with F.B. Environmental, the City of Ellsworth, and residents to develop a model to predict and plan for how the city’s land will be developed in the future.

Crosswalk Inventory

The Walkability, Bikeability, and Transportation Subcommittee inventoried the City’s crosswalks, identifying public safety hazards and helping the City prioritize crosswalk re-painting.

Plastic Bag Ordinance

The Energy and Waste Subcommittees, also known as the Ellsworth Green Action Team, are currently developing a city ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags at Ellsworth store check outs.

Tree Survey & Plan

The Parks Subcommittee inventoried the city’s trees and resident Tabatha White is leading a detailed plan to plant more trees across Ellsworth.

Branch Lake Water Quality

The Water Quality Subcommittee is developing a plan with the City of Ellsworth to enhance the water quality testing program at Branch Lake.

Solar Planning

The Energy Subcommittee, also known as the Ellsworth Green Action Team, identified municipal properties suitable for a solar installation and conducted site visits with Ellsworth officials.

Roadside Clean Up

The Energy and Waste Subcommittees, also known as the Ellsworth Green Action Team, partnered with the City of Ellsworth to provide clean up bags to residents as part of a community weekend of cleaning up litter.

Green Spaces Inventory

The Parks Subcommittee inventoried the city’s public green spaces and partnered with the Walkability Subcommittee to analyze the routes connecting green spaces across the city.

Watershed Survey

In May, the Water Quality Subcommittee and the Branch Lake Association will conduct a Branch Lake watershed survey overseen by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Contact David Edsall to get involved.

Farmer’s Market

The Food & Farmers Subcommittee is assisting farmers with finding four-season market locations in downtown Ellsworth.

Jordan Homestead

The Conserved Lands Subcommittee and Frenchman Bay Conservancy protected 30 acres on the Union River near downtown Ellsworth. The property will soon feature public trails from the Union River to Birdsacre.

Plantings

The Greening Residential and Commercial Spaces Subcommittee created lists of recommended plants, trees, and shrubs for durable, low maintenance, and attractive plantings in different habitats and conditions.

Walk and Roll

The Walkability, Bikeability, and Transportation Subcommittee organized a public event to highlight the growing need for and popularity of car-free transportation.

Harbor Park & Riverfront Trail

The City of Ellsworth is repairing facilities and expanding the walkway at Harbor Park. The improvements are the first steps of a waterfront development plan and possible riverfront trail.

Academic Analysis & Input

College of the Atlantic students studying land-use planning applied GIS skills and new urbanism to analyze how development on High Street and downtown can improve.

Union River Festival

The OUR Union River Subcommittee organized a festival at the Ellsworth Waterfront Park, bringing together local music, food, organizations, and activities celebrating the Union River.

Cover Photo By Nicholas Navarre

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