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"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." -Theodore Roosevelt

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sustainable

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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creative

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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design

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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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 are the hearts of our towns. They are the focal point for visitors. They are the hub for businesses in the community. They tell us who we are and who we were. 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.
Learning: The Foundation of Sustainable Design

Learning: The Foundation of Sustainable Design

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Learning: The Foundation of Sustainable Design

At EnSite, we often say that sustainability is about more than just being friendly to the environment. While this plays a significant role in sustainability, there are other factors at play, including social equality and economic health. Acts of sustainability present themselves in many forms: charity events, community cleanups, proper recycling – these are all perfect examples of building a sustainable community. However, developing an understanding, or learning about sustainability is equally important in building a community and local culture of sustainability. Learning about sustainability can be achieved in a variety of ways and can start at a very young age. To give our youth (the future of Southwest Florida) the proper tools to continue building a sustainable community, we must first teach them. Whether that teaching is done through school district implemented programs, local museums (the Imaginarium is a great place to learn!), or experiences, initiating an understanding of sustainability in our youth is key. At EnSite, we contribute to building the foundation and future of a sustainable Lee County in a variety of ways. We have served as adjunct professors at Florida Gulf Coast University and have provided hands-on landscaping and beautification efforts at several of the local elementary and middle schools, where students learned about native plants, water management and providing food and shelter for birds and animals. We believe that in order to build a sustainable community and culture, everyone must learn their role and how every action affects the community in which they live, work, learn, and play. For more information about the Imaginarium’s hands on museum and aquarium, please visit www.imaginariumfortmyers.com.
The Imaginarium: Fun & Education in Ft Myers

The Imaginarium: Fun & Education in Ft Myers

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The Imaginarium: Fun & Education in Ft Myers

Sustainability has everything to do with the world around us: our environment, our society, and our economy.  Learning about our world and how we can contribute to its sustainability not only allows us to be part of making it better, it can also be a fun and rewarding experience. Here in Fort Myers, we’re lucky to have the Imaginarium Science Center, a place where kids of all ages have the opportunity to learn more about our natural world. The Imaginarium has many learning opportunities to choose from, including the Animal Lab, Dino Dig, Hurricane Experience (one of our favorites!), Mind Magic and Science of Motion, just to name a few. The exhibits focus on learning about science through fun activities that both kids and adults can enjoy. We all have something to give and learning about our world plays a significant role in our ability to make a personal contribution toward sustainability. The Imaginarium provides a fun and engaging setting for learning about the way our natural world works and offers the opportunity to spark an interest amongst our youth. To learn more about the Imaginarium, click here!
Supporting Small & Local Businesses: The Lifeline of Lee County

Supporting Small & Local Businesses: The Lifeline of Lee County

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Supporting Small & Local Businesses: The Lifeline of Lee County

We take pride in the area where we live, work, learn, and play. Fort Myers and all of Lee County is OUR community, and as such, we want to make sure it’s supported for years and years to come. When most think of sustainability, they think of the environment. However, did you know that our local economy also plays a significant role? The relationship between our economy and sustainability is codependent – one impacts the other in many ways. Here at EnSite, we are huge advocates of buying local and supporting our local businesses. Local Southwest Florida businesses are what drive our community. From the events they sponsor to the time they dedicate, local businesses are what bring our community together and make it a better place. That being said, it’s important we support them.

Buying Local in Southwest Florida

We are lucky to live where we do. Our area provides great opportunities to buy from local businesses all year long. From the “mom and pop” shops in Downtown Fort Myers to the local farmers markets just to name a few, there are plenty of places to buy local and support our community. Here in Downtown Fort Myers (not far from us!), local farmers join together for the Fort Myers Farmers Market. Taking place under the Caloosahatchee Bridge in the River District, the Fort Myers Farmers Market offers local items such as produce, seafood, honey, flowers, and more. This event takes place year-round on Thursdays from 7am – 1pm.  In addition to the Fort Myers Farmers Market, there is a handful of others in Lee County worth checking out:
  • Coconut Point (Estero): Thursdays from 10am – 2pm, offering fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and more.
  • Lakes Park (Fort Myers): Fridays from 9am – 1pm, offering locally grown fruits/vegetables, honey, flowers, cheese, soaps, pasta, etc.
  • Alliance for the Arts (Fort Myers): Saturdays from 9am – 1pm, offering organic vegetables, fresh fish, natural salsas, and more.
  • Bonita Springs: Saturdays from 7am – 12pm, offering flowers, folk arts, collectibles, local artists, crafts, and more.
  • Cape Coral: Saturdays 8am – 1 pm (October – May), offering fresh fruits, gulf seafood, baked goods, and more.
  • Pine Island Tropical Fruit Market: Saturdays from 8am – 1pm (October – May), offering tropical fruit plants, organic vegetables, and greens.
  • Sanibel Island: Sundays from 8am – 1pm, offering more than 30 vendors with local fruits/vegetables, flowers, plants, seafood and more.
Support Southwest Florida business and shop local when you can – it’s the little things like this that can make a HUGE difference in the long run!
Educating Our Youth Through STEM@Work

Educating Our Youth Through STEM@Work

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Educating Our Youth Through STEM@Work

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – these are the career fields and subjects that make up STEM. In today’s job market, these careers are seeing a significant skills gap among its workers – providing the proper education and training within these fields to the youth of Southwest Florida and across the nation is crucial.

What is STEM?

The STEM Education Coalition was created to help raise awareness among top decision makers of the importance of STEM education. Here at EnSite, however, we’ve been working with the STEM@Work Program since its inception in 2009. In conjunction with the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, we’ve supported this great program that aids Southwest Florida students in learning more skills necessary in the STEM fields.

STEM in Southwest Florida

The STEM@Work program in Southwest Florida is now operating in 13 Lee County high schools. Focusing on the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the STEM@Work program in Lee County provides our local youth with the additional tools needed to succeed in these fields, while paving the way for the future of our community. EnSite, Inc. wholeheartedly supports the STEM@Work program in SWFL. Our Director of Landscape Architecture, Jon Romine, serves on the board for the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and actively promotes and encourages participation in this exceptional educational program. STEM@Work allows students to visit local business leaders, and assists students in choosing a career path that will both benefit them and our local community for years to come. Recently, the Fort Myers News-Press covered a story that brought students together to learn more about STEM and put their skills to the test. We’re so excited that the STEM@Work program is helping our local community’s youth prepare for the careers of tomorrow!
A New Addition to Our Team of Experts!

A New Addition to Our Team of Experts!

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A New Addition to Our Team of Experts!

EnSite, Inc. is pleased to announce Gary Walker, CAD Technician I has joined our team of experts! Gary is a U.S. Navy veteran having served from 1999 to 2003. Originally from the Metro Detroit area of Michigan, Gary moved his family to the Fort Myers area in 2007. Gary received his CAD training from the ITT Technical Institute and has numerous years of technical experience in drafting. Gary is a big fan of all sports teams of Detroit, including the Tigers, Lions, Pistons and Redwings. In his spare time, Gary enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife and three-year old daughter. We are very excited to have Gary as part of our EnSite Team and welcome his arrival!
Enrichment

Enrichment

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Enrichment

In 2010, we began our EnRichment program, devoting time and effort toward educating and participating in our community.  This has allowed all of us to contribute to the long term success of the communities in which we live, work, learn and play. Known today as sustainability, our effort has enhanced our community through the provision of educational opportunities for students of all ages. Our community involvement is threefold…time, treasure, and talent.  Some of our projects (time/talent) include participation in the Take Stock in Children and STAMP mentoring programs, landscaping projects at Mariner Middle and Gulf Elementary Schools, design of the ROOTS Heritage Food Hub, Fort Myers YMCA design, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce landscape design and many more.  We also believe that understanding your community involves constant learning. For us, that means participation in Leadership Programs in Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties, attending and giving lectures at all levels of education, involvement in STEM Education, serving on numerous boards for local non-profits including the YMCA, Imaginarium, The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Firehouse Community Theatre in LaBelle, and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. Most importantly, our team is encouraged to volunteer for what they are passionate about. As 2013 comes to an end, we are already thinking about the contributions that we can make in 2014 toward EnRiching the communities in which we live, work, learn and play. For more information on how we can EnRich your life or organization, please call 239-226-0024 or email us at info@en-site.com.
Teaming Up To Give Back

Teaming Up To Give Back

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Teaming Up To Give Back

Sustainability in Southwest Florida and across the globe encompasses many aspects – people, the economy, the environment – all of these factors play into creating a sustainable place to enjoy. Here at EnSite, giving back to Southwest Florida is one of our top priorities. Whether it’s through the work we do with our clients or our family activities at home, we find every day ways to give back to our community.

Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children was established in 1995 as an organization that provides opportunities to deserving, low-income youth and students to break the cycle of poverty through education. Offering college scholarships and mentors to students, Take Stock in Children is an organization we hold close to our hearts. Each winter, we team up with other local businesses and partners to participate in the Take Stock in Children Strides for Education in Lee County.  This 5K brings together Lee County businesses, schools, and residents to help raise money for a great cause (and have a great time in the process!). Last year, we teamed up with our friends at Atilus to form Joe Nater’s Dream Team to raise funds for EnSite/Atilus mentees to receive scholarships upon their graduation from high school. We couldn’t be more honored, humbled, and thrilled to serve this cause, and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

Join Us For The Next Take Stock in Children 5K!

The 3rd Annual Take Stock in Children Strides for Education will take place February 1, 2014 and we would LOVE to see our local friends, businesses, neighbors, and community leaders take part! Making our community a more sustainable place is at the forefront of everything we do at EnSite. Giving back through this event is just one way we try to help, and we hope to see everyone there! For more information, please visit: www.TakeStockInChildren.org.
Sustainable Design in SWFL: Little Actions That Make A Big Difference

Sustainable Design in SWFL: Little Actions That Make A Big Difference

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Sustainable Design in SWFL: Little Actions That Make A Big Difference

Sustainability is a word often thrown around and has taken on a variety of different meanings. To some, sustainability means simply saving the environment. To others, it may mean preserving nonrenewable resources. While sustainability may contain both of those things, it’s important to remember that a sustainable lifestyle impacts everything: people, the economy, AND the environment in which we live. Sustainability is about balancing economic, social, and environmental resources to ensure health for everyone within our community. From the local schools where we educate our children to the design of a city’s structure, everything has an impact on sustainability in our community. 

Accommodating Growth Through Sustainable Design

Our corner of the world here in Southwest Florida faces a unique challenge and opportunity: growth. Therefore, it’s important that urban infrastructure is designed to not only serve today’s immediate needs but to also provide a bright future for other generations. Downtown Fort Myers is a perfect example of a growing community – it has become an area where many live, work, learn, and play (us included!). In the past few years, the redesign and restructuring of the area has brought sustainable design into the spotlight. Combining uses in buildings to allow for multiple purposes and designing a landscape that incorporates natural features has created a Downtown that supports sustainable growth.

A Comprehensive Approach to Design

Sustainable design is not only about how the community looks – it encompasses every aspect of it. It requires thinking about everything that impacts a community – the people, the economy, and the environment. Also, it doesn’t just affect the way things are right now, but how things will affect the people, the economy, and the environment well after we’re gone. Approaching a community plan through the lens of sustainability creates economic vitality, sense of place, and preservation of our natural resources for generations to come.

Sustainability is Everyone’s Responsibility

At EnSite, sustainability is the fabric of our entire business. We not only seek to provide sustainable design initiatives, but also to educate our community on the value of sustainability and how it impacts our entire world. All of us have something to contribute in the way of sustainability – whether it’s through the actual planning that provides a solid framework for a sustainable city or being educators for the community. Everyone has something to give. 

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"All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions." - George Bernard Shaw

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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