Steve is a gifted educator and practitioner with a broad knowledge base that spans the gamut from natural building to city planning to group dynamics to permaculture design. He was instrumental in launching our first PDC at Colby-Sawyer, and those classes helped build the foundation for our own organic permaculture garden and recently helped us launch the Community-Based Sustainability major. He has the ability to clearly communicate complex material to a wide variety of audiences and make it relevant, engaging and understandable. Steve's work skillfully integrates ecologically-minded design principles and practices into traditional infrastructures and policies to create resilient, regenerative human systems.


Resilience Planning and Design is a New Hampshire based firm owned and operated by Steve Whitman. Steve is a professional planner and educator who has been working in the public, non-profit, and private sectors in New England for over twenty years.

For the past thirteen years Steve has chosen to partner with others to create dynamic consulting teams tailored to the client’s project. During this time he has developed an extensive list of contacts and resources, and been recognized by his peers as a leader and innovator. What makes our firm even more unique is that Steve is also a certified Permaculture Designer and Teacher and works on ecological design projects and developing courses here in the US and internationally.

We established this firm to assist communities on comprehensive planning initiatives and on implementation actions that reinforce their vision and future land use plans. Our goal is to assist communities and individuals as they work toward their identified visions while helping them become more resilient.


Steven Whitman is a professional planner and educator based in New Hampshire and his work is focused largely on community planning and sustainability issues. Steve is a certified permaculture teacher, and is also an adjunct faculty member at Plymouth State University and Colby Sawyer College. Steve frequently teaches courses in the US and internationally in environmental planning, community planning, permaculture, natural building and sustainability. Steve lives in Plymouth, NH and participates in a wide range of grassroots efforts that promote community resilience.

Since 2003 Steve has partnered with Jeff Taylor of Jeffrey H. Taylor and Associates to provide planning assistance throughout New Hampshire. This work wass primarily focused on land use issues including the preparation of community master plans and land use regulations, but also includes facilitation, research and consensus building.

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