Pledge to use on your property only those products that will not harm our environment and are safe for all living creatures and have your property colored green on Camden’s town map*

*Avoid all chemical pesticides (includes herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides), chemical fertilizers, “weed and feed” products, chemical sprays, or any product with “kill” in its description. These are all harmful to humans, pets, and wildlife.

Email: Info @ CFGC with your name and property address or sign up at the Camden town office! You can also view the map in the window of the town office*

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Citizens For a Green Camden was founded by a small group of concerned property owners who believe Camden should eliminate the use of harmful chemicals on the lawns in their town. A poison notification sign on the library grounds was the catalyst that prompted Marsha Smith to contact Beedy Parker, Patrisha McLean and Laurie Wolfrum about forming a group who shared the belief their children's health was more important than a weed free lawn. Soon Harry Smith, Molly Stone, Amy Dietrich and Louisa Enright had joined the group.

Citizens For a Green Camden along with, Jeff Kuller, director of parks and recreation, Dave Jackson, director of Harbor Park, Keith Rose, director of maintenance of the school district and the Camden Select Board worked diligently to develop a policy which would eliminate the use of pesticides on town owned property. The Select Board unanimously approved this policy eliminating the use of pesticides on town owned property on Earth Day 2008. Camden pesticide management policy. A few weeks later, the neighboring town of Rockport, Maine passed a similar policy using Camden's pesticide policy as a model.

Following this effort, Citizens for a Green Camden succeeded in receiving pledges from the 26 inns, hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts in town, to only use safe products on their lawns. A certificate attesting to Camden being a safe lodging town hangs in the town office as well as the chamber of commerce.  Other properties in Camden pledging not to use harmful lawn chemicals are: nursing homes, health care centers, preschools, and rental complexes.

In 2008,Citizens for a Green Camden began the Green Fair. The fair focuses on the environment and GREEN sustainability. There are lectures, wildlife exhibits, gardening displays and children's activities. Each year the fair grows to include more of the community.

On Earth Day 2009 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Citizens For a Green Camden an Award of Merit in recognition of their significant contributions to environmental awareness. The award recognizes their efforts to "make their community a better and healthier place to live by focusing specifically on the elimination of poisons being used on lawns in their community".

Camden is becoming a “safe lawn town” as hundreds of residents have also pledged to keep their lawns safe.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it's the only thing that ever has", Margaret Mead.

Copyright Citizens for a Green Camden 2010