Forum scheduled on sustainable development in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Green Plan Steering Committee will be hosting a public forum on sustainable development at the Moore Community Center on Wednesday, Sept. 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. This event is open and free to all.

The forum will begin with two short informational presentations. David Cole, city manager for Ellsworth, will speak about “A Growing City: Our Vision, Plan and Challenges,” and Forrest Bell, principal researcher with FB Environmental Associates, will speak about “Building Out: Analyzing Ellsworth’s Past and Future Development.”

Organizers invite the public to ask questions of Cole and Bell, as well as Michele Gagnon, city planner and member of the Green Plan Steering Committee.

Those attending are invited to share their vision of how Ellsworth should develop over the next 10-15 years, what types of development they would like to see and where and what principles and practices might best contribute to sustainable development in the city.

The definition of “sustainable development” being used in the city’s green planning process is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Sustainable development is one of six major areas of focus for the Ellsworth Green Plan. In an initiative launched in 2017, citizens tasked the Steering Committee and its subcommittees to produce a plan that will move the city closer to becoming a model green community in the next 10-15 years.

Public feedback identified other areas of focus including green spaces, which also encompasses walkability/bike-ability and sustainable agriculture; the Union River and water management; sustainable property and facility maintenance practices; waste management; energy efficiency and alternative energy sources. Organizers will serve refreshments.

For more information, contact Mary Blackstone at 667-8878 or [email protected].

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