Maine's Green Downtowns Program: Bringing Sustainability to Historic Town Centers

Learning Approach: Best Practices

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Maine Green Downtowns

Maine Downtown Center’s Green Downtowns Program works to strengthen the link between the natural and built environments in the state’s downtowns and to build community capacity to support sustainable initiatives. Over three years, the program has supported parks, trails, and tree-planting projects; sustainable streetscape planning; educational opportunities; and a statewide promotional campaign to increase support for sustainability downtown. The program is the result of an innovative philanthropic effort that brings together a number of funders in support of Maine’s environment and quality of place. As a leading organization in this initiative, MDC has partnered with a variety of groups to support local agriculture, energy efficiency, sustainable development, and the health and wellness community. Find out how and why this program has been so successful in building these relationships and achieving results, and gain valuable insight into how to energize a similar effort in your state or community.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify ways to implement sustainability concepts in your community.
  2. Identify, inspire, and engage new partners in moving these sustainability objectives forward.
  3. Launch, promote, maintain, and expand a sustainability program after its initial success.
  4. Overcome systemic obstacles to moving the objectives forward.


For more information contact:

Roxanne Eflin, Maine Downtown Center
Roxanne is Senior Program Director for the Maine Downtown Center (part of the Maine Development Foundation). She served as Executive Director of Maine Preservation and has worked extensively in downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Roxanne's has a Master's Degree in Urban Planning and Historic Preservation and is a Certified International Tour Manager.