Why We Signed the Pledge
Egg Harbor signed the pledge because this larger initiative really goes hand in hand with what our community is striving for. Egg Harbor was the first community in Door County to become a Green Tier Legacy Community. We are committed to continuous improvement for our environment, economy, and quality of life throughout our village, county, and state.
Our efforts were recognized in 2020 when we received the Governor’s Tourism Stewardship Award for promoting sustainable practices within the community. The award was in response to the implementation of many new programs to our area, including a free bike-share system, public seed library, solar energy in the village, and new recycling containers and electric car-charging stations.
Signing the pledge is a promise to our residents and visitors that we are committed to continuously improving our community and beyond.
Here are a few other ways Egg Harbor is committed to sustainability:
Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion
A hub of community activity, the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion is home to the Egg Harbor Library. The Kress has four car-charging stations, and beginning in summer of 2021, will use solar energy to offset the building’s power use. In addition, patrons can enjoy fitness and art classes year-round, along with educational and sustainable-living programs.
Eggy Bike Share Program
Egg Harbor is committed to alternative travel throughout the village. In 2017, the Eggy Bike Share concept was born, with bike-share racks dotting the village streets for car-free travel. By getting people on bikes and out of their cars, we encourage locals and visitors alike to have a healthy experience for themselves and the environment.
No Mow May
2021 marks the first year that the Village of Egg Harbor is participating in No Mow May! Lawn signs were made in the Maker Space at the Kress Pavilion for those participating: "Pardon the weeds, we are feeding the bees!"
No Mow May is designed to support and cultivate the local bee populations by allowing them to access the pollen-bearing plants and flowers they need to survive and thrive. Bees and other pollinators contribute to a healthy ecosystem and increase biodiversity.
Municipal Compost Site
In 2020, the Village added food waste to its accepted items at the Egg Harbor compost site. This year, the Village will grow the program by offering compost pick up from restaurants and food-service businesses. By diverting food waste, brush, and yard debris from landfills, the program helps to make healthy soil for residents and avoid the creation of harmful greenhouse gases.
Striving to Be Plastic Free
A popular project and long-term goal for the Village of Egg Harbor is to be Styrofoam and single-use plastic free. The Green Tier Task Force has the resources to inform businessowners about alternatives to petroleum-based plastic products.
Traditional plastic products are toxic to wildlife and continue to pollute our Great Lakes. Plant-based compostable products are much safer for our environment and will naturally decompose in landfills within a few weeks. We want our businesses to make the switch to compostable products so we can maintain a healthy community and thriving ecosystem.
The assets in our toolkit are available to those looking to help spread the Care for Door County message and movement. You will find assets meant to be used digitally as well as some that can be printed for your own use.