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.
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 GreenROUTES Sustainable Living Laboratory on campus. 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.
As a newcomer to the field, I was very concerned about getting my project right and was looking for some one to help me with a plans for a community-based demonstration site. Steve was a great listener, passionate teacher and supportive planning partner. He left me with the tools and confidence to take action and lay the foundation for a sustainable venture in my village.