In January 2017, the Ellsworth Garden Club launched the Ellsworth green planning process 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 was comprised of community members leading subcommittees in ten focus areas. These subcommittees gathered input from hundreds of citizens and numerous experts, hosted two dozen public forums and countless hours of meetings, and conducted substantial field research, small projects, surveys, mapping, inventories, and analysis—all with the aim of completing a comprehensive Green Plan for Ellsworth.
Ellsworth's Green Progress
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. Input from the public forums informed the Ellsworth Green Plan.
A Landscaping Model
Plastic Bag Ordinance
The Waste Committee, part of the Ellsworth Green Action Team, proposed a city ordinance in 2019 to ban single-use plastic bags at Ellsworth store check outs. A new state law, informed in part by EGAT's work, resulted in a comprehensive ban effective July 1, 2021.
Tree Survey & Plan
The Green Spaces and Trees Committee with the assistance of College of the Atlantic students inventoried the city's trees and Tabatha White is leading a a group of residents to create a detailed plan to plant more trees across Ellsworth.
The Energy Committee, part of the Ellsworth Green Action Team, helped foster the city's decision to buy credits for all the power generated at a 29-acre solar power installation on the Mariaville Road.