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We seek innovative design solutions which provide a balance of environmental sensitivity, social equity, and economic viability. We are committed to creating sustainable places that meet today’s needs, while being conscious of how we will live tomorrow . We don’t give lip service to sustainability – we live this in our office, in our homes, and in our practice.

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We believe everyone has something to offer. Our firm is based on a flat organizational structure, providing opportunity for all of our staff to be involved in decision-making processes. We find this enhances the design process and results in a superior final product.

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EnSite, Inc. is a leading Florida based design firm. Our services include Planning, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Urban Design, Sustainability, and Graphic Design. Our team is committed to the long-term success of the communities in which we live, work, learn, and play.

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LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival: Part of Our Heritage

LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival: Part of Our Heritage

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LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival: Part of Our Heritage

It’s funny how much culture small towns can hold. Part of what makes where we live unique is that we are still such a melting pot of ethnicities and traditions. Small town America is seeping with different food, music, art, and culture. LaBelle is no different. Since 1965 they have celebrated an annual festival that has become an honored tradition for the town. The LaBelle Swamp Cabbage festival is celebrated by locals and visitors alike. It’s an opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate their unique swamp cabbage history! This is a local celebration held the last weekend in February in LaBelle to honor the official state tree. What better way to honor something than to eat it, right? Well that’s exactly what this festival is all about. The heart of the cabbage palm is known as a delicacy. Whether it’s made into fritters or swamp cabbage it’s a Southern Florida tradition. People visit the festival from all over to try the famous swamp cabbage for the first time. The Swamp Cabbage Festival kicks off with the Swamp Cabbage Parade. The parade features floats, bands, and local business men and women from the community. The floats are decorated using the swamp cabbage palm fronds making their creators local landscape architects for the day. The parade comes to an end at the main stage where the live music, food, and entertainment continue. The urban landscape design of the town is the perfect setting for people of all ages to come together to celebrate this historic event. The festival also features about 100 vending booths with food and crafts from all over Southwest Florida. These booths showcase the creativity and talent we have in our community. Some of the best local food can be had at the Swamp Cabbage Festival. New and different combinations come together for some very interesting and delicious tastings. If great food and music aren’t enough, we also have the crowning of the Swamp Cabbage Queen, armadillo races, and a rodeo. All the makings for a good ol’ southern day of fun. The Swamp Stomp 5K is also part of the Cabbage Festival. The race takes you throughout the streets of LaBelle highlighting the beautiful moss-covered Live Oak trees and historic urban planning design of the downtown. All proceeds of the 5K go to the Caloosa Humane Society. This is a no kill shelter for homeless animals in our community. People of all ages run, walk, or jog across the finish line for a good cause. The rodeo just celebrated its 5th year at the festival. The Hendry County Cattlemen’s Association puts together the rodeo at the LaBelle Rodeo Grounds. The winner of the competition qualifies for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association finals in Kissimmee. Proceeds of this event benefit the Hendry County   4-H club. You don’t need the bright lights and bustle of a big city to have a great time. The Swamp Cabbage Festival of LaBelle has something for the whole family to enjoy. It’s one of the best times for the community and visitors to come together to celebrate our strong Florida heritage with some swamp cabbage.
Firehouse Community Theatre: Bridge Street Not Broadway!

Firehouse Community Theatre: Bridge Street Not Broadway!

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Firehouse Community Theatre: Bridge Street Not Broadway!

The glitz and glamour of show business runs coast to coast. Both children and adults have someone that they look up to on the big screen, small screen, court, field, or stage.  California has the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  New York has the stars of Broadway where some of the biggest and most seasoned talent goes on stage each day.  Across the country there are thousands of small meccas of talent in each city where local stars can shine. New York and California get all the attention, but they don’t have all of the talent. When a play makes it to Broadway everyone takes notice. The biggest and best stars, producers, and directors come together to put on larger than life shows that take us away from the normalcy of our lives, even if only for a night. Here in Southwest Florida we may not have the Hollywood lights or the bustle of Broadway, but we do have some amazing talent right next door. Theatre and the arts are such a huge factor in our community. Locally there are many different theatre companies geared towards giving back and helping everyday people do extraordinary things. The Firehouse Community Theatre in LaBelle is one of these incredibly unique places. Not only that, but Shellie Johnson, Principal Planner and Partner for Ensite, is proud to have served on the board of directors for the Theatre. This is a place where we can escape and let our imaginations take control. For the past 21 years the Firehouse Community Theatre has been run 100% by volunteer staff. They are an integral part of the community, and are sponsored by local businesses and private donations alike. The actors, stage crew, directors, and ushers are all part of the community. Their talent and dedication can be seen each week. Their slogan is "It's Not Broadway......It's Bridge Street!" During the summer months the Firehouse Community Theatre of LaBelle has a Children’s Program for kids ages 7 to 14. This is a great opportunity for children who love to sing, act, or dance. The Children’s Summer Theatre Program is a safe place for kids to use and develop their imaginations. After weeks of preparation the children put on a show for their family, friends, and the community. Watching the story come to life on stage after weeks of hard work and preparation creates an environment for the children to grow and learn from each other and the staff. This summer the children will be performing The Shoemaker and the Elves on June 27th, 28th, and 29th. The Firehouse Community Theatre has gained attention from more than just our community. In November of 2013 Rita Abrams made a visit to our theatre. Rita Abrams is a two time Emmy winning songwriter and also was part of the group who wrote the musical, New Wrinkles. After the Florida debut of her musical New Wrinkles on the LaBelle stage she was our guest of honor. Her visit gave us a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from and get to know someone who has had such a huge impact on our theatre. Not only does the theatre provide a place for patrons and actors to come together, there are also a slew of behind the scene masterminds at work. The design engineers that create the stage and props for the cast and crew are extremely talented. They can take a normal set and transform it into a beautiful garden that looks like it was designed by the best landscape architects. They make cities appear on stage that make urban planning look easy. The creativity they show on the stage is breathtaking. Culture, theatre, and art are everywhere in every community nationwide. The Firehouse Community Theatre is just one example of the hidden talent we have at our fingertips. They are dedicated to giving back to the LaBelle community. Their stage is used by children, students, and adults alike to put on performances that both move and entertain.
Lee County Parks and Rec: It Starts in Parks!

Lee County Parks and Rec: It Starts in Parks!

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Lee County Parks and Rec: It Starts in Parks!

Living in Southwest Florida means we have 365 days a year to enjoy sunshine. While others may be shoveling snow or scraping ice off their windshields, we are planning weekend trips to the beach or maybe even Disney. Lee County Parks and Recreation is a huge part of what makes our Florida lifestyle possible. They are dedicated to keeping our parks and beaches safe, clean, and fun for the whole family. Lee County Parks and Recreation’s mission is “To provide safe, clean and functional Parks & Recreation facilities. To provide programs and services that add to the quality of life for all Lee County residents and visitors. To enhance tourism through special events and attractions. We are committed to fulfilling this mission through visionary leadership, individual dedication and the trustworthy use of available resources.” Lee County supports land development and expansions of their many parks and preserves. Together with many local land planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture firms, and most of all the community support, they have developed some of the best parks Southwest Florida has to offer. Their programs and services are state of the art. In October 2013, Lee County Parks and Recreation opened its newest recreation center in North Fort Myers. After over a year of construction and planning the center is now a focal point for community events.  The recreation center was built in the existing North Fort Myers Community Park. Construction for the new sustainable design can now be used as a local hurricane shelter as well.  The facility is 35,000 square feet to be used for youth and adult programs, a fitness center, game rooms, and a gymnasium.  The gymnasium for multipurpose sports was built as top of the line to tournament standards. Lee County and the Minnesota Twins have had a long and fulfilling relationship. Lee County and the Twins are investing $48.5 million dollars into Hammond Stadium and the Lee County Sports Complex (LCSC) for renovations. Some of the changes will include increased seating capacity, enhanced concessions, renovated concourses, and a new player development academy. Lee County Parks and Recreation believes in investing in our community. Hammond Stadium and LCSC is a focal point for so many families in Southwest Florida. Whether you are there to catch a game or play one, this facility has so much to offer. Our beaches are breathtaking. The natural beauty we have just a few steps away from our front doors is something that can sometimes be taken for granted. Lee County Parks and Recreation is dedicated to keeping our beaches clean, safe, and natural. Bonita Beach, Captiva, and Boca Grande are arguably some of the most beautiful beaches on the Gulf Coast, along with many others in Lee County alone. The beach is home to our unique wildlife as well. Sea turtles are an important part of our Florida ecosystem. They are protected due to their low level population. It’s not uncommon to come across roped off areas on the beach that protect their eggs. Sea turtles come on our shores each year to build their nests. Lee County has so much to offer. Our community comes together each day to make Southwest Florida the best home or vacation destination for locals and visitors alike. Lee County Parks and Recreation plays a big part in keeping the fun and excitement in our cities!
Rotary International: Why Service to Others Means More

Rotary International: Why Service to Others Means More

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Rotary International: Why Service to Others Means More

At Ensite, we are deeply supportive of organizations that serve others. We place a high priority on service to others above self; that’s why we are proud our team members who are Rotarians at clubs in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and LaBelle. The Rotary thrives on the unique perspective each of its members brings to the table. Years of experience in different industries, cultures, and countries comes together in these meetings for some of the best round table brainstorming sessions ever seen. The overarching principle behind the Rotary International organization is deeply impactful. "Rotary is an organization of worldwide business and professional leaders united to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary Clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonsectarian, and are open to all cultures, races, and creeds.” Paul P. Harris, founder of Rotary International, defined the organization by what it does. “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.” Each club is specific to the community it is in. This allows the members to come together with common goals, concerns, and obtainable plans. Here in Southwest Florida we have many local chapters. The Rotary Club of Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and LaBelle are just a few. The Rotary Club of Fort Myers has proudly been serving our community for over 90 years and includes 185 members. Their first project back in 1922 was the historical planting of Royal Palms on McGregor Boulevard. More recently their support of the PACE Center for Girls has made such a positive change in our community. The Rotary Club of Fort Myers has a trust fund set up from which they distributed over $130,000 into our community in the past year to help many different causes. The Club also helped with the relief efforts in Haiti. They contributed over $20,000 through Shelter Box for shelters. There are many key projects to which the Rotary Club of Fort Myers has contributed. They facilitated the planting of Royal Palms along McGregor Blvd, have partnered with Edison State College, provided funding of the Mike Lawrence bike and jogging path, helped with the early completion of I-75, provided playground equipment for handicapped children at Centennial Park, continues to fund ECHO's fight against hunger campaign, and many more. The Rotary Club of Cape Coral was founded in 1964. Starting with a group of 25 members, the Rotary Club of Cape Coral has grown in the past 45 years to over 75 local men and women. Each week members meet to discuss future plans and projects for Cape Coral. The Club has supported many city improvement projects including the Memorial Arch at the entrance of the city, planting hibiscus, building bike racks at the local bus stops, and even sponsoring a local petting zoo for handicapped children. In 1979, the Rotary Club of Cape Coral helped with the construction of the Cape Coral High School Stadium and land purchase for athletic fields. These are just a few of the many projects the Rotary Club of Cape Coral has been instrumental in. The Rotary Club of LaBelle is perhaps one of the youngest chapters in Southwest Florida. Founded in September of 2002 they have been an integral part of the community ever since. Currently they have 39 members who are dedicated to giving back. The Rotary Club of LaBelle continuously donates time and money to local projects including The Gift of Life Foundation, Earth Week busses, Project Graduation, Relay for Life, and thousands of dollars to scholarships for local children. They also support many local projects such as annual golf tournaments, armadillo races, spaghetti dinners, food drives, and even donated dictionaries to our local schools. These are just a few of the ways that the Rotary Club of LaBelle gives back every day. The Rotary Clubs of Southwest Florida have their fingers on the pulse of our community and knows what can and should be done to help make our neighborhoods better. Through their combined efforts, Southwest Florida is the place to be! For more information about a few of our local clubs, please visit:  
JetBlue Park: Red Sox Community Gives Back

JetBlue Park: Red Sox Community Gives Back

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JetBlue Park: Red Sox Community Gives Back

JetBlue Park at Fenway South is already in its third season. It feels like just yesterday when it was announced this state-of-the-art stadium would be breaking ground in our backyard.  JetBlue Park is now home away from home for the Boston Red Sox and their fans. This stadium was designed to have the same feel as the historical Fenway Park in Boston.  Those who are familiar with Fenway Park may be able to pick out some of the similarities such as the “Green Monster” or manual scoreboard. Those Southwest Florida natives will also be able to pick out familiar elements as well, such as the seashells used in the foundation, and the white roof which symbolizes our famous cypress trees. JetBlue Park was created as an environmentally sustainable stadium for our community. This stadium is the result of multiple design engineers, urban planning firms, landscape architects, and many more people committed to keeping our community green. Urban sustainability is so important, especially when looking at massive land projects such as JetBlue Park which thrive on bringing people together to enjoy food, fun, and a good game. The Red Sox are known for being active in their Boston community and now also in Southwest Florida.  The Green Team is a group of volunteers that are focused on teaching fans about how to maintain a clean environment and its importance. Between innings they actually go around the stadium picking up garbage and recycling. All of the volunteers receive t-shirts, as well as other ball park goodies. If interested in helping, you can contact Jimmy Higgins to sign up or for more information at jhiggins@redsox.com, or 239-226-4711.* “Week of Service” is another one of our favorite events put on by JetBlue Park and the Red Sox.  This is a weeklong series of events that give back to our Southwest Florida Community. “Uniformed personnel and front office staff volunteer at nonprofits across Southwest Florida, and hold two annual charitable events - the Boston Red Sox Children's Hospital Celebrity Classic golf tournament, benefiting the Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, and the Evening with the Red Sox, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County.”* Spring training games are fun for the whole family and are a great way to connect with old and new friends alike. JetBlue Park has quickly become a landmark for our Fort Myers community. The sustainable urban design of this facility has made it one of the best environmentally friendly stadiums in the nation, definitely the best in Southwest Florida. The Boston Red Sox are known for giving back as well. JetBlue Park and the Red Sox are active with our local schools and non profits, helping us to enrich our community. Although traffic along Daniels can be a bit of a headache when a game lets out, this is a small price for us to pay to have such a great team and stadium at our fingertips. 11500 Fenway South Drive Fort Myers, FL 33913 To Order Tickets by Phone: Toll Free (888) RED-SOX6 (733-7696) For Ticket and Other Information: (239) 334-4700 *http://mlb.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/jetblue_park_community.jsp
Congrats Gulf Coast High School!

Congrats Gulf Coast High School!

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Congrats Gulf Coast High School!

Every year it happens again. Summer ends, the kids go back to school, and the holiday frenzy is right around the corner. For Floridians like us this also means we can almost taste the cooler weather and lower humidity we have anticipated during the long summer months. Fall is one of the best times of the year, especially in our community here in SW Florida. The students at Gulf Coast High School have something even better than our beautiful Florida winter weather to look forward to. It has been announced that Gulf Coast High’s marching band will be participating in the annual 2015 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! They have been chosen as one of 10 high school marching bands around the nation to participate, and the ONLY band selected from SW Florida. In an interview with the News-Press, Collier schools Superintendent Kamela Patton had this to add. “You have probably heard me say that we have the best Fine Arts program, and the best bands, in the nation right here in Collier County. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade organizers validated that today when they surprised the 300+ members of the Gulf Coast High Marching Band with news that the band has been selected to march in the 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. They are one of just 10 bands chosen from a field of 175 bands nationwide. To have 50 million viewers watching our Collier County Public Schools students on TV will be amazing. This truly speaks to the quality of our music programs in Collier County as a whole but on this day, a special shout out and congratulations to the Gulf Coast High School band students and their director, Steve DeLadurantey." The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade started in 1924 and continues to be a family tradition for all generations. The Macy’s Parade is as much a part of Thanksgiving for most people as football, family, and turkey (in no particular order). The presentation, design, and talent that goes into putting on this annual event is out of this world. Millions of people tune in across the country, not to mention the thousands lining the streets of New York City, to see the amazing floats, performers, and bands! One aspect of this parade that we can’t help but notice is the planning that must be involved on the back end of any event of this magnitude. There are so many people involved and so many moving pieces that have to fit together just right. Event planners, civil engineers, urban planners, landscape designers, and city planning officials spend months preparing for the one day event. Sustainable urban planning has a lot to do with the ultimate execution of having so many people in one place at one time. The fact that our own Gulf Coast High students will be a part of this celebration is truly an inspiration for our community of SW Florida. The students and staff at Gulf Coast High School are just one example of the talent that the people of our community possess. Congrats to the Gulf Coast High marching band! We will be watching!
Smart Planning on Beautiful McGregor Boulevard!

Smart Planning on Beautiful McGregor Boulevard!

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Smart Planning on Beautiful McGregor Boulevard!

What do Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone all have in common? Chances are if you grew up in the Fort Myers area this is not a hard question to answer. In the late 1800’s these three extraordinary men discovered Fort Myers for themselves and loved it so much that they decided to build winter homes here for their families. These homes are only a few of the beautiful buildings and landmarks that now line the streets of McGregor Boulevard. The Royal Palms that also line the streets gave Fort Myers the nickname “City of Palms”. McGregor Boulevard has the history of many generations of our community’s leaders in one spot. So, the answer is luxurious and beautiful McGregor Boulevard. The Edison Home, and its neighbor, The Ford Estate are two of the best known historical landmarks in Southwest Florida. Locals and visitors alike visit these homes each day to see a piece of history. This is where the great minds of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford worked and played. They enjoyed the beautiful beaches of Fort Myers, Sanibel, and Captiva, not unlike how we still do today! McGregor Boulevard has become a destination for art, culture, and history. McGregor Vet Clinic AerialThe street is beautiful and inviting. The new McGregor Veterinary Clinic is beautifully constructed on McGregor Boulevard. EnSite is proud to have provided all of the planning, landscape architecture and site engineering for the project. The rezoning of the property was especially unique because this was the first project to be reviewed and approved using Lee County’s recently adopted Compact Communities Planned Development (CCPD) zoning code. This is a form-based code that emphasizes mixed-use and compact development form, rather than a separation uses with large setbacks often seen in sprawl development. The result is a multi-story building that is placed close to the street edge, framing the McGregor Boulevard corridor. This form of development encourages social interaction in public spaces, or in this case the McGregor sidewalk and adjacent open space that is being provided by the developer. The development has been approved for a mix of uses that include a veterinary clinic, retail and office use, and multi-family residential dwellings. Running parallel to McGregor Boulevard is the Caloosahatchee Intercoastal Waterway. Not only are we able to enjoy the beautiful parks and landscaping on the street, we also have the breathtaking waterway at our disposal as well. Sitting in the park watching the boats pass by on any day is a treat, however once a year the entire area lights up even brighter. The Edison Festival of Lights is an annual tradition for our community.  This is a three week celebration of Fort Myers history that cumulates in the most anticipated parade of the year. This parade helps to celebrate what was once just a cow path, and is now transformed into a historical, cultural must see. McGregor Vet ClinicThe Edison Festival of Lights is a non-profit organization. Due to their deep ties to our community they are able to provide support in a big way. The annual Festival helps promote and support many different local groups (Thomas Alva Edison Science and Inventors Fairs, The Edison & Ford Winter Estates, School Board of Lee County, South Florida Museum of History, Imaginarium, Great Calusa Blueway, ECHO, Boy & Girl Scouts, Lee County Library, Mosquito Control, Mound House, Turtle Time, Red Cross, LARC, Lee County Supervisor of Elections, Ding Darling, Emergency Management Services, Mosquito Control, Shriner’s Hospital, Stay Alive…Just Drive, Lee Memorial Blood Center, Southwest Florida Astronomical Society, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and many more.)http://www.edisonfestival.org/about.html The history and stories that are home to McGregor Boulevard are deep rooted into our Fort Myers culture. The renovations to McGregor Boulevard have enriched our community, our children, and our history in the making. The new and improved McGregor Boulevard is what makes Fort Myers “The City of Palms”
Alliance for the Arts Summer Camp

Alliance for the Arts Summer Camp

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Alliance for the Arts Summer Camp

Budgets can sometimes be no fun. They oftentimes force us to make decisions that go against our wants and desires. What do you cut to makes ends meet? What do you have that you could live without? These questions can be extremely difficult for adults to make and even harder when children are involved. Over and over we have heard school administrators and parents debate: where do we cut? What part of our children’s education and development is “unnecessary” and what can we live without? More often than not the Arts end up on the chopping block. Sometimes we don’t recognize how important art is for children who need to learn proactive and creative ways to express how they feel. Sometimes, children just need to find their voice. And sometimes their voice is found in the way they share themselves through art. The most successful people of our community, country, and world are also some of the most creative thinkers. Music and art helps breed this creativity in all of us. It helps teach our children to think bigger and outside of the lines (even though we tell them to color within them). Lee County Alliance for the Arts is one of the best resources we have within our Southwest Florida community. The Alliance is a local non-profit dedicated to nurturing and developing creativity and passion for art and culture. Lee County Alliance for the Arts helps enrich our culture for those who live and visit Southwest Florida. They have so many amazing programs and classes for adults, children, and families. One coming soon is the Alliance for the Arts Summer Arts Camp. During this camp children are exposed to all kinds of creative thinking. Visual arts, theatre, voice, dance and so much more! The arts are such a pivotal part of a child’s development: a learning environment where a child learns through play and creative activities! From the time we were all children, we were told to follow the rules. Art has no rules. The freedom this creates in a child’s mind is limitless. Alliance Summer Art Camp also provides an opportunity each week for children to display their creations. There are art exhibitions and stage performances put on by the talented children of our community. They are learning to become designers and engineers of their own lives and futures. They are learning different things about themselves through this creative thought and expression filled activities. Art is beautiful, but not all of us can be fulltime artists. Or can we? Landscape designers are artists making our lawns and trees magnificent. Hairdressers are artists making each hair style, color, or cut a masterpiece. Computer developers are artists making complicated code that shows up in a beautiful program. Art is everywhere and irreplaceable. Would we really want to live in a world with no creativity? Steve Jobs once said, “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” Children and families build more than art when at the Alliance. They build themselves. And in the end, that’s what community and culture is all about: sharing ourselves.

i-Zoom, Collaboration with Imaginarium & Zoomers!

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i-Zoom, Collaboration with Imaginarium & Zoomers!

i-Zoom, Collaboration with Imaginarium & Zoomers!   Making a trip out to Fort Myers Beach can create some sense of anxiety. Did we bring enough water? Did we pack the sunscreen? Did we forget the umbrella? Will we find parking? Will we make it to the beach before the sun goes down (we all know what the dreaded traffic backup over the bridge could become)? Getting onto the beach may be the longest few miles ever driven. Just because you can see the shoreline, doesn’t necessarily mean you are almost there! Fort Myers Beach is an absolute must see for anyone visiting the area, and a staple for those of us who are lucky enough to live here year round.  Luckily when season is over and the snowbirds go home for the summer, the locals have more room to come out to play.   One of the most recognizable landmarks in Fort Myers resides on this trip to the beach. Zoomers Amusement Park is open and ready for school to be out! Zoomers was one of those land development projects that locals couldn’t help but anticipate being completed. When it was first being constructed, the design engineers and contractors worked overtime to bring the fun to Fort Myers. Zoomers has teamed up with the Imaginarium Science Center to create a summer camp experience unlike any other.   Introducing Camp i-Zoom!   This collaboration has resulted in the creation of an educational fun-filled experience for children in Southwest Florida.  The curriculum and classes (physics, math, and science oh my!) are based on the model program from the Imaginarium, and the amazing coasters, rides, and games will be supplied of course by Zoomers.   This is perhaps one of the best mashups Fort Myers has ever seen.   If you are parent, teacher, or even older sibling, you know the amount of work it can take to keep children stimulated until school starts back up. The ultimate goal is to keep children interested in continuing to learn during the summer and avoid the boredom that can set in when kids don’t feel as though they have something to do. Camp i-Zoom was created to help our community come together in a place where fun and learning are one in the same. The children look forward to summer vacation for fun and parents look for ways to continue the learning in the off months.   Camp i-Zoom helps the families of our community on many levels. The kids love the rides, games, coasters AND the learning! This summer camp is engaging for children and parents. No two days are the same. The staff has created a changing curriculum each day targeting new and unique learning activities. The creativity that the Imaginarium Science Center incorporates into learning makes it a inventive way to keep the children engaged. This mixes perfectly with the creativity and excitement of Zoomers Amusement Park.   Bottom line: kids will feel as though they are learning without ever entering the school classroom. But what do we imagine they’ll tell you?   It was AWESOME! For more information or to sign your child up, please visit: the Imaginarium's website here!
Let it Burn: Turning Waste to Energy!

Let it Burn: Turning Waste to Energy!

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Let it Burn: Turning Waste to Energy!

People produce waste. This is a well-known fact of life.  During the early stages before breaking ground in any community, every urban planning firm must face the same question. Land developers, government officials, civil engineers and many others are also faced with the same question…What do we do with all the garbage? According to research done by Duke University, “The average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste per day. This is 1.6 pounds more than most produced back in 1960.” Americans alone generates over 220 million tons of waste on an annual basis. The majority of this waste ends up in landfills which account for over 20% of the methane emissions in the US (EPA, 2011).* The natural resources we have available to us are depleting. As a society we must work together to reduce our impact on the environment and continue to find better ways to use what we need. The Lee County Waste-to-Energy Facility creates a cleaner environment each day. All of the household garbage collected from Lee and Hendry Counties arrives at this center and is transformed into energy. The mass burn combustion process allows the waste to be burned and in this process creates energy for our community. The steam powers the facility and the extra power is sent to our local homes and businesses. Talk about sustainability! This entire process is one example of sustainable urban development. Our collective community was creating a bigger footprint on our environment than we could afford. The Lee County Waste-to-Energy facility addresses two universal needs- waste elimination and electricity creation. This way of green engineering is becoming more and more popular in cities across the nation. We are running out of space for overflowing landfills. They are dangerous as well. The runoff and gasses that they produce are hazardous to our health. The fact that we have a state of the art facility here in our community is a huge benefit to all of us. Jimmy Carter once said, “"Solid wastes" are the discarded leftovers of our advanced consumer society. This growing mountain of garbage and trash represents not only an attitude of indifference toward valuable natural resources, but also a serious economic and public health problem.” President Carter’s worlds have never been truer than they are today. We as a community need to continue to come together to develop more sustainable designs and ways of doing things that will help southwest Florida flourish even more for our children.   *Duke Center for Sustainability & Commerce   
Mentoring: The Ripple Effect of Impacting Future Generations

Mentoring: The Ripple Effect of Impacting Future Generations

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Mentoring: The Ripple Effect of Impacting Future Generations

On March 6, 2014, The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools inducted 46 new students into the Take Stock In Children Program! The value of scholarships handed out is worth more than $782,000!   Students who are accepted into the program make a commitment to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA, stay crime and drug-free, and meet with their mentor regularly. If these standards are met, then the student is guaranteed a four-year college tuition scholarship following their high school graduation.   Jon Romine serves on the Board of Directors at The Foundation and has been a mentor for the past five years. He had the privilege to talk about what mentoring means to him alongside his first mentee, Frank Nater, who completed the program and is now a freshman at Florida Gulf Coast University.   This program was established in 1995 as a non-profit organization in Florida that provides a unique opportunity for low-income and at-risk students, many from minority families, to escape the cycle of poverty through education. It offers students college scholarships, caring volunteer mentors and hope for a better life. The Foundation starts with students in middle school and follows them through high school and into college.   Having a positive role model in their mentors is meant to inspire and encourage them on their journey. This program not only educates, but also empowers students to take stock in themselves and prepare them for their future.   Jon currently mentors another student in the program and speaks regularly on his passion for mentoring. At Ensite we recognize the value this program plays in the life of a student, and we are proud to support the program. The Take Stock In Children Program not only provides a financial opportunity for at-risk students to pursue higher education, but also instills within them a sense of accountability and responsibility. Students sign a contract, committing to the terms of the program. They are responsible for their grades, and must make the choice to remain crime and drug-free.   “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
Art Walk Transforms Downtown Fort Myers, Our Culture

Art Walk Transforms Downtown Fort Myers, Our Culture

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Art Walk Transforms Downtown Fort Myers, Our Culture

Pablo Picasso once said, ““Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”    Living and working in a community surrounded by such creativity, talent, and beauty makes us a little spoiled. But we wouldn’t have it any other way! We at Ensite are located in downtown Fort Myers, which offers us an incredible front row seat for many community events highlighting local talent.   One of our favorites in particular is Art Walk!   The first Friday of each month, dozens of local and national artists line the Fort Myers River District flooding the streets with their creations.  Art Walk is an opportunity for local businesses, patrons of the arts, and families to come together for a night of fun.  The recent renovations to the River District showcases the one of a kind urban planning and land development talent we have in our community. The natural beauty of Southwest Florida is highlighted by the modern landscape design by the river and art overflowing onto the streets.   Art helps to mold our community. Art helps our children believe anything is possible. Art shows the beauty in what can become an opaque world. The local businesses that work together to make this event what is has become today are a testament to what we are capable of when we blend passion and creativity with a shared interest in cultural excellence.  We are surrounded by beauty and talent in Southwest Florida that can sometimes be taken for granted more often than most of us would like to admit.   During Art Walk, downtown Fort Myers transforms into a sanctuary for artists of all kinds using all mediums, including metal, wood, beads, and canvas. The natural beauty we are surrounded by keeps our community thriving. Art Walk provides an opportunity for local businesses to open their doors even wider to the public passing by, giving us the chance to escape from everyday life, even just for a few hours.   Perhaps the best part of this anticipated event is the culmination of so many people from so many walks of life (and who could forget the food!) There is no one way of doing things, but rather being unique and thinking outside of the box is respected above all else. Every eye, object, and viewpoint is different.   Picasso also said, “The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” Picasso is one of the best examples of how someone can take something ordinary, and turn it into a masterpiece.   Keeping our community connected and alive requires a lot of behind the scenes collaboration. What makes Fort Myers stand out from the crowd are the people. Artists are all around us. The talented landscape architects, design consultants, builders, and community leaders are what make our city beautiful. Living and working in the Fort Myers River District definitely makes us a little spoiled…and we wouldn’t trade it for the world. To learn more about the Fort Myers Downtown River District Art Walk, visit their website here.   “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” - Aristotle
Golden Apple Awards: Outstanding Lee County Teachers!

Golden Apple Awards: Outstanding Lee County Teachers!

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Golden Apple Awards: Outstanding Lee County Teachers!

Anyone can tell you that the year is divided up into four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter.   However, anyone from Southwest Florida may add that there are only two that matter: Season and Off-Season.   A region that thrives on tourism, Southwest Florida boasts a wide variety of natural, historic, and exciting attractions. The tourism industry brought approximately 4.8 million visitors to Lee County in 2013. Visitors and seasonal residents from across the Americas and Europe flood Southwest Florida each Season, eating at restaurants and visiting shops, attractions, hotels, and of course, our beautiful beaches.   These visitors help sustain our region through their tourism dollars and support. However, once the ice begins to melt up north, and the temperature rises here, these visitors and residents inevitably migrate back north, bringing Southwest Florida’s “Season” to a close once more.   Many locals view this as a chance to relax, regroup, and take vacations of our own. However, the seasons do not end when the snowbirds leave. Instead the focus shifts to perhaps yet another season: award season!   Lee County is fortunate to boast an overwhelming number of successful businesses and nonprofits that make an impact on our community. This is the time for Southwest Florida to recognize and appreciate the vastness and diversity of work that community members achieve during the year.   Perhaps one of the most well known and most prestigious awards is the Golden Apple Teacher Recognition Program, presented by The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. These awards recognize the incredible dedication to education that Lee County teachers display.   Established in 1987, the Golden Apple was originally designed to enhance public education by recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching. Students, parents, teachers, and school administrators are asked to submit nominations for public school teachers that are making a major impact in the lives of their students. Nominations are accepted, applications completed, and a designated selection committee made of community and business leaders ultimately choose the award recipients.   Before being selected, teachers are observed in action and interviewed extensively by the committee. Finally, six recipients are chosen and are honored at the special Annual Recognition Dinner. Finalists and Teachers of Distinction are also honored at this event. The Foundation received over 3,000 nominations for the 2014 award cycle, with 367 educators completing the application. 100 were recognized as Teachers of Distinction, 30 were declared finalists, and six special teachers from across the county and representing an array of schools and specialties, received the prestigious Golden Apple award.   Jon Romine, Landscape Architect and Partner at EnSite, is a proud to serve on the Board of Directors for The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. A large proponent of STEM education, the Foundation is the perfect partner for EnSite, working hand in hand to promote science and math based learning in the classroom.   Our entire team at Ensite wishes to thank the outstanding educators who received this year’s Golden Apple Award, finalists, and Teachers of Distinction. They each have made a significant impact on their students and demonstrated a commitment for excellence in education.
Ensite Invited to Present at Designing to Thrive Colloquium

Ensite Invited to Present at Designing to Thrive Colloquium

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Ensite Invited to Present at Designing to Thrive Colloquium

Ensite partners Brian Smith and Jon Romine are proud to be featured presenters at Edison State College’s “Designing To Thrive,” a colloquium bringing together leading state and national experts from the sustainability, design, ecology, environmental, transportation, and development sectors. This Southwest Florida sustainability seminar will take place at Edison State College’s Lee Campus (8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33919), Building AA (Nursing Building) – Room AA-177 on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 12pm to 6pm. Building on the community engagement successes of past colloquia and regional growth seminars, the 2013-2014 Biennial Colloquium “The Price and Promise of Progress,” will focus on responding to the question: Can urban development coexist harmoniously with natural ecosystems? Members of the community throughout the Southwest Florida region are invited to join panelists to discuss innovative design solutions that address environmental challenges to help build sustainable and healthy communities. At 3:30pm, Brian Smith, Director of Land Design and partner at Ensite, is honored to be joining Chris Ressler, Studio+, and Kim Trebatoski, EcoPlanz on an “Integrated Design for Mixed Use.” Among the innovative topics that they will cover are:
  • Mixed-Use Development
  • Urban Sprawl
  • Ecological Impact of the Traditional Mix-of-Use Model
  • Livability Principles
  • Sustainable Design
Jon Romine, Director of Landscape Architecture and Partner, will be discussing “Sustainable Stormwater Design” at 5:00pm. His presentation will cover how successful stormwater design is a multi-disciplinary approach that thinks on a regional scale.  It is more than just getting water off the site. Jon will cover some of the misconceptions related to Low Impact Design (LID) methods and strategies for better connected and more user friendly development projects. He will also discuss some local projects that are utilizing LID’s for a long term return on investment. For more information and to register for the event, please click on the Designing to Thrive FLYER and AGENDA.
LaBelle, A Main Street Worth Exploring and Growing!

LaBelle, A Main Street Worth Exploring and Growing!

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LaBelle, A Main Street Worth Exploring and Growing!

We invite you to join our efforts to bring new life to Downtown LaBelle! Get Ready! Get excited! Get involved! Now, you may find yourself asking, what does that mean? Isn’t our Downtown okay as it is? Why would we need to consider revitalization, and how do we do it? According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, over the past 30 years, communities are rethinking the revitalization and management of their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts. Cities and towns across the nation have come to see that a prosperous, sustainable community is only as healthy as its core. This national movement has taken root in thousands of communities across the United States and has stimulated billions of dollars in economic development. Regardless of what they are named – First Street, River Avenue, Center Street, or Bridge Street, they all represent the same thing across the nation. They offer the community a core for business and social interaction. They are a hub for families and an economic engine for business development. They offer us an explanation of who we are and where we've come from. Our downtowns evoke memories of the past and they are the foundation of where we come together as friends and neighbors to work, play and enjoy life. We all know what they are and where they are, but you may ask, “Why do they matter?” Simple answer; our downtowns are the core to our economic development and the future of our community. Economic hardships have closed the doors of some businesses, while others have been lured from the downtown by newer developments and more convenient locations. Costs associated with trying to make older buildings adaptable to modern business needs have forced many businesses to move to different locations with fewer associated problems. Some of these buildings remain unoccupied and are not regularly maintained, affecting our economic vitality. While there are no quick fixes for declining downtowns/urban neighborhoods, success can be realized through a comprehensive and incremental approach. There are four elements that create a well-balanced community building experience that strengthens a downtown. We want to do this, in unique LaBellian fashion, to hold onto our cultural and historical heritage. We can bring life back into the Downtown without sacrificing an inch on the character and uniqueness of LaBelle. Here they are: Design involves creating an environment where people want to shop and spend time. First impressions have a lasting effect. Rehabilitating buildings, having attractive storefronts, enticing window displays, clean streets and sidewalks, and proper signage together present an appealing image to potential investors, tenants and customers. Organization entails building a Downtown framework that is well represented by civic groups, merchants, bankers, citizens, public officials and a chamber of commerce. Everyone must work together to renew downtown neighborhoods. Fundraising, volunteer development and public relations are examples of organization activities. Economic restructuring requires analyzing current market forces to develop long-term solutions. Sharpening the competitiveness of traditional merchants, recruiting new businesses, and creatively converting unused space for new uses are examples of economic restructuring activities. Promotion creates excitement Downtown. Street festivals, parades, retail events and image development campaigns are some of the ways to encourage consumer traffic in the downtown area. Promotion involves marketing an enticing image to shoppers, investors and visitors. Revitalizing our Downtown LaBelle is essential to our growth and vital to our sustainability. Revitalization will increase local sales and business economic development. It will help us build a positive image and create a destination for travelers; not just a drive through. Revitalizing Downtown LaBelle will preserve our character, historic resources and encourage new business growth. It’s a WIN-WIN for everyone who loves this community! If you are interested in joining our efforts, watching LaBelle transform and grow, and getting involved, please contact us at 239.898.0125 or email shelliej@en-site.com. Developed and Supported by the Downtown LaBelle Revitalization Corporation (non-profit status pending)
Underwater Wonders Gala at the Imaginarium

Underwater Wonders Gala at the Imaginarium

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Underwater Wonders Gala at the Imaginarium

One thing that all community leaders have in common: they get involved and serve. Jon Romine is proud of his involvement serving on the Board of Directors for the Imaginarium. Our company is proud of our work with the design and installation of their new site improvements. Our investment in the future success of our community is exactly the reason why we roll up our sleeves for places like the Imaginarium. It’s also why we would like to invite you to spend an adult night of play, exploring the “Underwater Wonders” at the 2014 Imagine Gala on March 29th at 7:00pm benefiting the Imaginarium Science Center. The evening will feature live music, fabulous food and drinks, live and silent auctions and entertaining and educational displays. Funds raised will benefit future programs and exhibits for the Imaginarium. Tickets can be purchased for $75 by calling 239.321.7420 or emailing imag@cityftmyers.com. Tickets will be $100 if purchased after March 22nd. Come and enjoy the FUN for a great cause! Read More… The Imaginarium is located at 2000 Cranford Drive in Fort Myers. A trip to the Imaginarium will provide hours of fun and entertainment for the entire family. Through hands-on science exhibits, you can be blown away by a hurricane, touch sea life and run through a rain storm. There are over 60 hands-on exhibits to explore and fill your day! Some of our current exhibits to look for are: Theater in the Tank, our new 3-D film; currently showing “Penguins 3-D.” The Animal Lab features a variety of native and non-native critters including American Alligators, Green Iguanas, Ball Pythons, a red Rat Snake, a Black-Tailed Prairie Dog, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, a Hedgehog, and White’s Tree Frogs. Dino Dig, our Dinosaur Discovery Exhibit area, features a fossil dig with real fossils! It also displays real fossils from Southwest Florida, a field tent, and a fossil identification station. The Fisheye Lagoon provides beautiful scenery and is home to swans, geese, ducks and many other aquatic residents. You can feed Japanese Koi, Carp, Bluegill, Catfish and a variety of turtles. Mind Magic is a sure way to strengthen your brain! Spend some time with these brain teasers and see if you can complete them all. See-to-Sea Touch Tank will give you the opportunity to touch a horseshoe crab or feed a stingray! The Touch Tanks also feature a variety of other aquatic life including sea urchins, sea stars, flounder, snails and puffer fish. You’re sure to have fun in this underwater exploration with demonstrations every hour and feeding twice daily. Sporty Science Arena is our virtual sports arena that provides you the opportunity to play a game of soccer, test out your slapshot, shoot some hoops or check out your fastball. Have you ever thought about what it might be like to report the news? That dream can become a reality in our WIGM Weather Station. Choose from a variety of newscasts and put yourself in the news using our green screen. Then you and send the video to yourself and post it on Facebook or send it to your friends and family! Check out our Windows to the Sea Aquariums to watch a variety of aquatic creatures in action! Be sure to look for the bamboo sharks, moray ells, lion fish and clown fish. The Backyard Nature exhibit allows you to learn about landscaping here in Florida. You can gain knowledge for sustainable options and how to choose the right plants for your own yard! The Imaginarium provides Young Scientist programs, Homeschool programs, including a Florida STEM Series, summer camp at Camp i-Sci and is available to host birthday parties, meetings or large events. Not convinced yet that this is the place to bring your family and friends for a great fun-filled family atmosphere, visit their new website at http://www.imaginariumfortmyers.com or call 239. 321.7420 to check it out for yourself!
Community Branches: STEM Education in School is Growing

Community Branches: STEM Education in School is Growing

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Community Branches: STEM Education in School is Growing

Jon Romine, Landscape Architect for our firm, has the pleasure to serve on the board of directors for the Lee County Foundation for Public Schools. The Foundation has made a huge impact in our community positively promoting STEM Education. STEM education is a term made popular in recent years by Winona State University President Judith Ramaley when she served as director of the education at the National Science Foundation from 2001 to 2004. The acronym demonstrates the closeness, the interconnected nature of science, technology, engineering, and math. At 30,000 feet, that’s a fair definition of STEM. What isn’t easy to see to onlookers all the time are some of the reasons why the STEM education learning process is so vitally important. It all goes back to how we learned how to learn.

STEM means you play to learn

Learning through play is the most native way that human beings learn. We learn through touching, manipulating, and enjoying our natural surroundings. Young children do this through block building, Legos, digging in the ground, and climbing trees (before that we put blocks in our mouths to explore our environment). We learn what gravity is even before we ever enter into a classroom because we’ve fallen over and over again. Our children experience the world through play. Before we even learn about reading, writing and arithmetic, we’re learning about our natural world. This is more STEM than the “3 R’s”.

STEM education encourages failure

Now, it doesn’t JUST happen to encourage failure, it actively pursues failure. Without failure, you don’t know what doesn’t work. When a STEM team designs a solar powered car to run in a race, they don’t just want to know what works – they want and need to know the different ways that don’t. If we don’t find out what doesn’t work, we won’t be prepared to build on previous failures, account for different outcomes, and build it bigger, faster, and stronger.

STEM doesn’t feel like learning

Nothing gets us going at Ensite quite as much as STEM education in our southwest Florida region. Our team volunteers at schools throughout the area through our EnRichment program. We serve as mentors and examples for young scientists, city planners, engineers and technologists. We believe that STEM is more than something you teach; it’s learning in its most basic form and function. It’s exploration and searching out the answers. It’s an adventure. STEM keeps us from having to grow up when all we want to do is keep exploring. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." – Thomas Edison
Corporate Social Responsibility: Our Approach, a Sustainable Approach

Corporate Social Responsibility: Our Approach, a Sustainable Approach

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Corporate Social Responsibility: Our Approach, a Sustainable Approach

Corporate social responsibility (CSR), also known as corporate responsibility, corporate citizenship, responsible business, sustainable responsible business (SRB), or corporate social performance, is a form of corporate self-regulation integrated into a business model. The term "corporate social responsibility" became popular in the 1960s. CSR policy functions as a built-in, self-regulating mechanism whereby a business monitors and ensures its active compliance with the spirit of the law, ethical standards, and international norms. Corporate Social Responsibly means that businesses commit themselves to generate a positive impact in the community and the environment, while maintaining their for profit profile. CSR is a process with the aim to embrace responsibility for the company's actions and encourage a positive impact through its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, stakeholders and all other members of the public sphere who may also be considered as stakeholders.

CSR Benefits Business. It's Good For Business & It's Good For People.

CSR gives a positive image for the business, and attracts more customers. Customers are likely to support a business that cares and is active in the community. In addition, investors are more likely to become a part of the business, because people want to invest in a business that has high ethical standards and has a strong customer base. Energy-saving measures, or increasing sustainability, will save the company energy and money in the long-run. Overall, Corporate Social Responsibility will result in winning over customers and more investors, which will give the business more money.

CSR: EnSite’s Way

We believe that Corporate Social Responsibility is the right way to do business. It’s the difference between operating as George Bailey or profit-hungry Mr. Potter. Ensite is profitable because of our difference and focus on leaving things better than how we found them. Sources: McWilliams, Abagail; Siegel, Donald; Wright, Patrick M. (March 2006). Corporate Social Responsibility: International Perspectives (PDF). Working Papers (0604). Troy, New York: Department of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. http://www.croassociation.org/ http://www.borgenmagazine.com/benefits-of-corporate-social-responsibility/
Community Cooperative Ministries: Compassion at Work

Community Cooperative Ministries: Compassion at Work

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Community Cooperative Ministries: Compassion at Work

The mission of CCMI is to eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education and social service programs CCMI strives to be the leader in alleviating hunger and homelessness in our community by addressing key root causes. With a dedicated team of volunteers, board of directors and staff, CCMI stays committed to our core responsibility to collect and distribute resources through a strong and viable network of community partners. CCMI is an exemplary steward of the resources entrusted to them, and serves their clients with COMPASSION and INTEGRITY. Through collaboration and ongoing education, CCMI supports and strengthens those whose lives have been affected by hunger and homelessness, ensuring that they have access to the resources necessary to transform their lives with dignity. CCMI programs include:  the Café Education, the Everyday Café, Everyday Marketplace, Food Outreach, Meals on Wheels, Homeless Services, Healthy School Pantry and Backs, and the United Way Resource House. The Cafe Education works with the Social Services Team to provide opportunities for adults to learn EMPLOYMENT and FINANCIAL SKILLS, SELF-DEVELOPMENT and GOAL SETTING and to engage in a variety of other classes on HEALTH and WELLNESS topics that offer individuals an opportunity to gain the tools and knowledge to move forward and achieve positive life change. The Everyday Café formerly the Fort Myers Soup Kitchen is a new model for providing emergency food to our community. Their innovative approach for long-term hunger elimination changes the mindset of those who serve and those being served, as well as the physical spaces and delivery model created for the distribution of food. They now provide people choices in emergency food in a community cafe setting that also provides opportunities to talk with on-site Case Coaches who will help individuals and families address the underlying issues causing hunger. Through the development of neighborhood storefront cafés, they are able to provide food where hungry people live and work, and reach families at points of contact rather than expecting them to come to the traditional soup kitchens and pantries. The choice café model provides dining that includes choices in food such as nutritious salads, fruit, desserts and a compassionate, communal atmosphere where people can sit down, eat a meal, and be introduced to resources leading to positive change. In addition, the café is no longer a soup kitchen but a community hub with a café and community area offering educational classes like financial & homebuyer literacy and our parenting series, Baby University. A child play area now offers parents a more welcoming environment and computer work stations for employment search and preparation are available as well. Case Coaches immediately identify & act on issues contributing to a customer's food insecurity and our Homeless Concierge provides services to the more chronic homeless such as providing hygiene products, mail service, ID replacement and providing referrals and follow-up services. The embedded Everyday Café services create an atmosphere that offers tangible opportunities for individuals and families to achieve long-term, sustainable hunger solutions. The Everyday Marketplace is a sustainable customer choice-centered model for long-term hunger elimination that provides a choice and a voice for the hungry in our community. The market includes ready-to-eat meals, fresh produce, eggs and bread, recipes for healthy meals, and cooking demonstrations, items traditionally not found in food pantries. The Healthy School Pantry & Backpack Program provides emergency food to hungry children in our community. 70% of all children in Lee County Schools are eligible for free or reduced lunch. In the hardest hit areas, rates are as high as 98%. Many of these children go without food after school and on weekends until they return on Monday. Lack of food is also a problem during school holidays.
STEM: Competing in the 21st Century Means Focusing on Our Roots.

STEM: Competing in the 21st Century Means Focusing on Our Roots.

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STEM: Competing in the 21st Century Means Focusing on Our Roots.

STEM roots, that is. STEM, the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is the basis of a nationwide effort to refocus education toward the sciences. In many ways, it is the reaction on a macro-marketing scale of scientists, engineers and others who are trying to compete with the “3R’s” of “reading, writing, ‘rithmetic.” From primary schools to graduate schools, the revolution has begun and the future of our economic development depends on it. Through the work of scientists, innovators and engineers, the United States has become a global leader, but our position is vulnerable as there are an inadequate number of teachers skilled in these subjects and fewer students pursuing careers in these crucial fields. STEM employees drive our nation’s advancement and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new products, and new businesses.  According to the US Department of Commerce, in the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has increased three times as fast as non-STEM jobs. Consider these statistics:
  • In 2010, there were 7.6 million STEM workers in the US; 1 in 18 workers were in STEM related fields.
  • STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17 percent between 2008 to 2018, compared to 9.8 percent in non-STEM fields.
  • STEM employees command higher wages, earning 26 percent more than non-STEM workers.
  • In addition to higher earnings, STEM occupations on average experience lower unemployment rates that workers in other fields.
STEM learning is an economic necessity. Experts from STEMtisticsSM show that technological innovation accounted for nearly half of the US economic growth over the past 50 years. Yet, our country is falling behind in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • In 2009, only 34 percent of US eighth graders were rated proficient or higher in a national math assessment and one in four scored below the basic level.
  • In an international exam given to 15 year olds in 2009, US high school students ranked significantly behind 12 industrialized nations in science and 17 in math. Students in only 4 industrialized nations scored lower in math.
  • Only 45 percent of US high school graduates in 2011 were ready for college in math and 30 percent were ready in science.
By introducing STEM to students in grade schools, it lays the groundwork for the future and gets them comfortable with these subjects at a young age. Additionally, students gain an awareness of occupations associated with STEM fields, which stimulates their interest in wanting to take STEM related courses. As students progress to higher grade levels, they continue on a program of study with challenging courses that increases their knowledge and exploration of real world based learning opportunities and prepares them for successful secondary education or employment. In conclusion, the greatest advancements from mechanics to medicine have come from those interested in and studied in the areas of STEM. The STEM workforce plays a fundamental role in our nation’s competitiveness, economic growth and overall day to day lives. STEM education is vital from grade school through high school and beyond because let’s face it, STEM jobs are the jobs of the future. These are some of the reasons why En-Site is so passionate about STEM education. For more information about what we are doing locally in our community to support STEM in schools, check out the The Foundation for Lee County Schools or our STEM Team of SWFL Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/STEMSWFL.

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what makes us awesome

"There is no limit to what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit." - John Wooden

2012 Horizon Council General Business Award

2012 Horizon Council General Business Award

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2012 Gulfshore Business 40 under 40 Award - Jonathan Romine

2012 Gulfshore Business 40 under 40 Award - Jonathan Romine

2012 Florida Commissioner of Education Business Recognition Award

2012 Florida Commissioner of Education Business Recognition Award

2012 Chrysalis Award for Sustainability

2012 Chrysalis Award for Sustainability

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2012 Lee County School District Business Partner of the Year

2012 Lee County School District Business Partner of the Year

2010 Blue Chip Finalist

2010 Blue Chip Finalist

2010 Creating Better Places Design Competition - First Place Overall

2010 Creating Better Places Design Competition - First Place Overall

why ensite

"If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" - John Wooden

Our name, EnSite was selected because it embodies our core values as planners, landscape architects, engineers, and designers - not just in our individual personalities but also in our perspective on projects. We take pride in how our vision, our knowledge, and our skills translate into successful projects and satisfied clients. EnSite also comes from the word insight - our ability to EnVision the unification of built and natural environments.  Our logo is symbolic of not only this unification, but our holistic and collaborative design approach in creating sustainable places and spaces for human enjoyment.

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