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.
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.