Steve has been to our high school several times to talk about Permaculture with our teachers and Eco Club students. Our students were so inspired by Steve and what he is doing that they decided they wanted to build a greenhouse like Steve's to use as a learning environment and teaching space. The Eco Club is writing grants and working with the high school construction and design classes to build the greenhouse next year. Steve's passion for Permaculture really made an impact on our students teachers and will benefit our school for years to come.
In 2013-14, Steve assisted the Alton Planning Board to address Workforce Housing with a Community Planning Grant funded by the NH Housing Finance Authority. Steve guided the community public outreach sessions, did an analysis of Alton’s existing housing stock, preformed an analysis of the Town’s land use regulations, and worked with the Planning Board to craft an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance for Workforce Housing. In very trying and politically difficult circumstances, Steve was able to maintain a professional and calm demeanor. He was very responsive to following up on questions raised during the process from start to finish. Due in large part to his diligent efforts, the community was successful in adopting the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance for Workforce Housing he crafted. Steve was a joy to work with and we would not hesitate to work with him again.
Working with Steve Whitman on Lancaster’s “Main Street Rezoning” project was an extreme pleasure and privilege. He is an absolute professional with tremendous knowledge of planning techniques and philosophies. His attentiveness to resident’s insights and wishes helped create a valuable document that fits the unique characteristics of our small, Northern NH town. I look forward to an opportunity to work with Steve again and consider him an invaluable resource.