As my first introduction to such a comprehensive, multifaceted topic, I was truly inspired by Steve’s Permaculture training. He unleashed a new passion in me to combine my planning skills to create sustainable, more resilient communities. His examples, expertise and willingness to learn from others make him an excellent teacher and mentor.
After earning a Permaculture Design Certification from Steve Whitman and Josh Trought at D'Acres in 2012, I invited Steve to New Durham to talk to us about integrating permaculture concepts into our municipality. His presentation was clearly presented, dynamic, and sparked interest among many members of our town government. His presentation changed the paradigm in our town that has allowed me as a Planning Board member to carry that vision forward.
Steve has been a huge asset to the projects he has worked on for the City of Dover. His personality is tailor made for public interaction/facilitation. He has a natural way about him where people want to join him in solving a problem and want to be part of the process. I have seen Steve take a group of people who might be more "frenemy" at the beginning of a meeting and help them become friends at the end of the same meeting. Almost as important, unlike many planning consultants who might be "jacks of all trades, master of none", Steve is a master of his areas of expertise. His knowledge of resiliency and permaculture is extensive and his ability to share that knowledge with you and anyone else within earshot is enviable and a much needed resource for any project.