Clients: Environment

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350 Maine (2014)

350 Maine is a grassroots network across the state working to address global warming and climate change, under the organizing model of the 350.org global movement.  We were hired to plan and facilitate a meeting to achieve consensus on organizational structure and related issues. We also did additional advance work to gather specific ideas from the group on one of the meeting topics.

Acadia Center (2015)

The Acadia Center develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions. As in the past, we were hired to plan and facilitate a multi-day staff and board retreat in Jamestown, Rhode Island.

Acadia Center (formerly Environment Northeast) (2014)

The Acadia Center (formerly known as Environment Northeast, or “ENE”) develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. As in the past, Craig was hired to plan and facilitate a multi-day staff and board retreat to review organizational successes and challenges and to build team effectiveness. Craig returned to beautiful Jamestown, Rhode Island for this year’s retreat.

Androscoggin Land Trust (2008)

The Androscoggin Land Trust is dedicated to protecting, through land conservation and stewardship, the important natural areas, traditional landscapes, and outdoor experience along the central Androscoggin River corridor. We were hired to facilitate a full day retreat of the board of directors to assess the current organizational capacity and environmental trends, develop strategic goals, and refine the organization’s mission. In addition to facilitating the meeting, we also prepared a complete report that will serve as the basis for a strategic plan.

Bates College – Gulf of Maine Field Research Stations (2015)

Bates College, in collaboration with the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership, has received a National Science Foundation grant to coordinate the efforts of Field Research Stations around the Gulf of Maine. At an overnight meeting on Hurricane Island in Penobscot Bay, we helped the group prioritize research needs and coordinate their efforts.

Bates College Institute for Climate Adaptation and Resilience (2019)

The Bates College Institute for Climate Adaptation and Resilience (ICAR) equips students, facilitates partnerships and changes culture to positively address climate change. To assist ICAR in achieving its goals we were hired to facilitate a strategic planning meeting.

 

 

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (2017)

The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences investigates the microbial drivers of global ocean processes through basic and applied research, education, and enterprise. The lab’s campus is located in East Boothbay, Maine, on the Damariscotta River estuary. We were hired to plan and facilitate a meeting among senior staff and board members to discuss governance matters.

Blue Sky Funders Forum (2013-2014)

Convened and administered by NAAEE (North American Association for Environmental Education), the Blue Sky Funders Forum is a national group of charitable foundations, corporate foundations, and government grantmakers who have formed an alliance to advance environmental education. Craig facilitated a series of meetings to help the group get organized and establish initial priorities.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2011 – Fall)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) preserves acreage of ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance in the neighboring towns of Brunswick and Topsham. BTLT hired us to facilitate a full day board retreat focused on the future of Crystal Spring Farm, a working farm owned by BTLT that raises vegetables and livestock, maintains recreational trails, and hosts a farmers’ market on 320 acres. We also prepared a full report of the meeting.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2011 – Spring)

Since 1985, the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust has preserved more than 1,100 acres in the neighboring towns of Brunswick and Topsham in an effort to protect properties with true ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance. With support from the Maine Department of Agriculture, we were hired to facilitate an outreach meeting among farmers and neighbors.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2012)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust teamed up with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust on a long term project to help improve sustainability of local agriculture in the Merrymeeting Bay Region. We were hired to facilitate a roundtable meeting that brought together regional stakeholders to gather information, begin to identify solutions, and develop a network. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2015)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust protects 1,100 acres of properties with ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance in Brunswick and Topsham. The Trust also is a convener of the Merrymeeting Food Council, a collaborative network of farmers, non-profits, businesses, government, and individuals working to advance a thriving, resilient food system. We were hired to facilitate a meeting to help refine goals and action plans for the newly-formed food council. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting.

 

Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (2016)

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust protects 1,100 acres of properties with ecological, agricultural and aesthetic importance in Brunswick and Topsham. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat to affirm mission and vision and establish strategic direction going forward. We also provided a Complete Report of the meeting.

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (2011)

The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) is a collaborative effort of people and organizations interested in protecting and restoring Casco Bay, on the southern coast of Maine. CBEP hired us to help plan and facilitate a two-day Board retreat to establish short-term priorities, prepare for long-term strategic planning, and build enthusiasm and renewed commitment among the Board. We teamed up with Ann Gosline of Gosline & Reitman for this project.

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (2014-2015)

The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership (CBEP) is a collaborative effort of people and organizations interested in protecting and restoring Casco Bay, off the southern coast of Maine. In 2014-2015, we helped plan and facilitate a series of CBEP committee and working group meetings to discuss and finalize a scope of work and timetable for strategic planning and then to work through the strategic planning process itself in preparation for the State of the Bay Conference in late 2015. During the conference we also facilitated a stakeholder input session to gather reactions and suggestions about the 2015-16 Casco Bay Plan. As a result of this work CBEP prepared a comprehensive five-year Casco Bay Plan with goals, strategies, and actions.

Casco Bay Nutrient Council (2017-2019)

Convened by the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, the purpose of the Casco Bay Nutrient Council is to develop recommendations to policy makers, regulators, and funders on how best to manage the impacts of nutrients on Casco Bay in southern Maine. We have been hired to plan and facilitate a series of Nutrient Council meetings to help the Council achieve its purpose.

Climate Change Collaboration (2013)

Craig was hired to facilitate a meeting among a group of engaged organizations and businesses with an interest in addressing climate change issues, to help establish objectives for their work together. We prepared a summary report which included next steps.  

Conservation Law Foundation (2017)

The Conservation Law Foundation protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people, using the law, science, and the market to create solutions that preserve natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy. We were hired to plan, facilitate, and prepare a Complete Report of a staff retreat in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Cumberland County Clean Water Collaboration (2016-2017)

Building on our earlier work with the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, we facilitated several meetings of the Design Team of the new Cumberland County Clean Water Collaboration, a coalition of municipal managers and stormwater management professionals working together on municipal and regional stormwater projects. In these meetings we discussed objectives and tasks for the new Collaboration.

Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District (2015)

Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District is a non-regulatory public resource helping solve the challenges of soil and water pollution, land development, wildlife habitat and flood mitigation. The District’s biennial Maine Stormwater Conference brings together municipal, state, and federal employees; engineers; planners; academics; and other professionals to learn about and discuss stormwater management. At the 2015 conference, we facilitated a roundtable discussion among municipal managers and others about innovative stormwater management approaches. We also prepared a report of the session.

Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District (2016)

In collaboration with Cumberland County and the Greater Portland Council of Governments, the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District hosted a meeting among municipal managers and stormwater management professionals to kick off the Cumberland County Clean Water Collaboration and identify regional priorities for clean water projects. We were hired to help plan and facilitate the meeting.

Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District (2018)

In collaboration with Cumberland County, the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting a meeting of the Regional Clean Water Collaborative. We were hired to help plan and facilitate the meeting.

Downeast Lakes Land Trust (2016)

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust protects lakeshores, improves fish and wildlife habitats, provides public recreation opportunities, offers educational programs, and supports jobs in the forest and on the water in eastern Maine. We facilitated a retreat of board members to develop a plan for the next five years.

ENE – Environment Northeast (2008)

Environment Northeast (ENE) is a non-profit organization that researches and advocates innovative policies that tackle environmental challenges while promoting sustainable economies. We were hired to facilitate a board retreat and a staff retreat in order to help establish a strategic direction and improve effectiveness. We prepared summary reports for both retreats.

ENE – Environment Northeast (Fall 2011)

Environment Northeast (ENE) is a non-profit organization at the forefront of efforts to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. ENE researches, develops and advocates innovative policies that tackle the region’s environmental challenges while promoting sustainable economies. ENE hired us to help plan and facilitate its 3-day annual staff/board retreat, where we engaged in team building activities, program-issue brainstorming sessions, and strategic planning sessions with the board.

ENE – Environment Northeast (Fall 2012)

Environment Northeast (ENE) develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. We were hired to plan and facilitate a three-day staff and board retreat at lovely Point Lookout in Northport, Maine, to review organizational successes and challenges and build team effectiveness.

ENE – Environment Northeast (Spring 2012)

Environment Northeast (ENE) develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. We have been hired in an ongoing capacity as a management consultant to help facilitate implementation of ENE’s strategic goals developed at a retreat in Fall 2011.

Environment Northeast (ENE) (2013)

Environment Northeast (ENE) develops innovative policies to combat global warming and promote clean energy and clean air solutions in New England and Eastern Canada. As in the past, we were hired to plan and facilitate a multi-day staff and board retreat to review organizational successes and challenges and to build team effectiveness. This year’s retreat took place in Jamestown, Rhode Island.

Environmental Education Funders Collaborative (2013)

The Environmental Education Funders Collaborative (EEFC) is an informal collaborative of funders in the San Francisco Bay Area that develops avenues for sharing and partnering with the many stakeholders in the field of environmental and science education. We were hired to plan and facilitate a full-day conference of environmental educators and funders in San Francisco, CA.

Friends of the York River (2015)

The York River flows through rolling hills and tidal marshes in York, Kittery, South Berwick and Eliot, Maine. The nonprofit group Friends of the York River is exploring the possibility of a “wild and scenic” National Park Service designation for the river. We were hired to help design and facilitate a group process to move this exploration forward.

GoMOOS (Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System) (2007)

The Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System is a national pilot program designed to bring hourly oceanographic data from the Gulf of Maine to all those who need it. GoMOOS is a regional consortium of interests and disciplines based in Portland, Maine. They hired us to help the board decide how to evolve most effectively. We facilitated a full-day retreat of government agency officials and scientists and prepared the meeting report.

Green Building Council (2007)

This young non-profit is Maine’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. They hired us to help them establish their strategic direction. We facilitated a full-day retreat of the board and prepared a report which is serving as the basis for their strategic plan.

Green Building Council (2008)

This energetic and rapidly growing non-profit is Maine’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Like the year before, they hired us again to facilitate a full-day board retreat and prepare a complete report.

Green Building Council (2010)

The Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is Maine’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. For the third time, they hired us to facilitate a full-day board retreat and prepare a complete report.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (2007)

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute convened ground fishermen from Cape Cod to the coastal Maine to discuss new, innovative ways to manage the fishery. With the hope of achieving consensus on recommendations to the New England Fisheries Management Council, we were hired to facilitate the discussions and prepare a report of conclusions.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (2008-Fall)

Regulations for groundfishing in the Gulf of Maine and on Geroges Bank are changing to allow fishermen to gather in cooperative “sectors.” How will the catch be monitored and reported under the new system? We were hired to facilitate discussions among fishing trade associations, regulators, scientists, and environmental groups to explore consensus on monitoring and reporting methods.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute (2008-Summer)

Regulations for groundfishing in the Gulf of Maine and on Geroges Bank are changing to allow fishermen to gather in cooperative “sectors.” How will the catch be monitored and reported under the new system? We were hired to facilitate discussions among fishing trade associations, regulators, scientists, and environmental groups to explore consensus on monitoring and reporting methods. We also prepared a complete report of the meeting, which was submitted directly to the New England Fisheries Management Council.

Hurricane Island Foundation (2010)

We were hired to facilitate a discussion forum among a variety of stakeholders to consider the future of Hurricane Island, formerly the home of Hurricane Island Outward Bound. This meeting convened on Hurricane Island in beautiful Penobscot Bay.

Hydrogen Energy Center (2008)

The Hydrogen Energy Center, an organization dedicated to advancing the transition to a renewable hydrogen economy through education, demonstration, and advocacy, engaged us to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of its board members.

Island Institute (2011)

The Island Institute is a community development organization focused on the Gulf of Maine and the fifteen year-round island communities off the Maine coast. Craig Freshley was asked to facilitate a training workshop for staff and interns on how to effectively handle difficult behaviors and situations.

L/A Trails (2007)

L/A Trails is a non-profit organization in Lewiston & Auburn that advocates for and helps create recreational trails. They hired us to plan and facilitate a board retreat focused on strategic planning. We also prepared a report of the meeting.

Land Use Planning Commission (2012)

The Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC, formerly the Land Use Regulation Commission, or LURC) has jurisdiction over Maine’s unorganized territories, an area of 10.4 million acres – roughly half the size of the state. LUPC has hired us to conduct three meetings of recreational lodging stakeholders to provide input on new ways that recreational lodging might be regulated in the unorganized territories. In addition to planning and facilitating the meetings, we will also prepare complete reports.

Laudholm Trust and Wells Reserve (2013-2014)

Located in Wells, Maine, The Wells Reserve and the Laudholm Trust are two organizations working in partnership to support a National Estuarine Research Reserve (including 2,250 acres of coastal habitat) and a large historic saltwater farm (listed in the National Register of Historic Places). Together they conduct research, education, stewardship, and community building. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a Future Planning process to address general strategic direction around visibility, sustainability, roles, and deliberate partnerships. As part of the process we gathered stakeholder input, facilitated a series of meetings, and prepared a draft plan.

Long Creek Watershed Management Plan Review Panel (2014)

The Long Creek Watershed is located in a commercial area that includes parts of South Portland, Portland, Westbrook, and Scarborough. We were hired by the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District to plan, facilitate, and document two meetings of a panel of experts who gave feedback on the the implementation of the Long Creek Watershed Management Plan. We also helped develop a series of questions by which to gauge the effectiveness of the plan.

Mahoosuc Land Trust (2010)

The Mahoosuc Land Trust protects and conserves land and traditional land uses surrounding the Mahoosuc Mountains of central Oxford County, Maine, and eastern Coos County, New Hampshire. We have been hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat among members of the board.

Maine Audubon (2010 – Fall)

Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action. We were hired to facilitate a two-day strategic planning retreat for the board and staff. This was follow-up on work we did to help Maine Audubon refine brand identity.

Maine Audubon (2010 – Spring)

Maine Audubon works to conserve Maine’s wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action. We were hired to facilitate a series of seven meetings with the board of directors and senior staff to work on refining a brand identity for the organization.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust (2008)

Each year, Maine Coast Heritage Trust hosts the Maine Land Conservation Conference. The theme of 2008’S conference was Connecting Conservation and Communities. We facilitated the conference Idea Forum, a session designed to give colleagues in the field the opportunity to share and brainstorm new partnerships, financing mechanisms and other tools for land conservation in Maine.

Maine Coast Protection Initiative (2004)

The Land Trust Alliance, State Planning Office, NOAA, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and other organizations embarked on a three-year project to increase conservation lands along Maine’s coast. They hired us to facilitate their meetings and help them establish a coalition of over thirty organizations and begin to develop their plan.

Maine Environmental Education Association (2006)

This volunteer collaborative of organizations and individuals who promote and facilitate environmental education hired us to facilitate their full-day board retreat intended to result in a strategic plan.

Maine Environmental Education Association (2010)

Like they did four years ago, the Maine  Environmental Education Association (MEEA) has hired us to facilitate a strategic planning retreat of the Board of Directors. As part of this work, we also conducted an online survey of MEEA board members, members, and advocacy groups. As a result of the meeting, we prepared a draft strategic plan.

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2007)

A joint project of the Maine Community Foundation and Maine Philanthropy Center, the Environmental Funders Network helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment. We were hired to facilitate a full-day strategic planning meeting of the board of directors.

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2008)

The Environmental Funders Network (EFN), an alliance of Maine-based foundations with environmental interests, helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment. We were hired to facilitate two meetings which explored potential collaborations around the theme of “Quality of Place.” Members discussed how the environmental philanthropic community can work together to improve the quality of Maine’s environment.

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2009)

The Environmental Funders Network, an alliance of Maine-based foundations with environmental interests, helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment. We were hired to facilitate another meeting in the group’s continuing exploration of how to collaborate around the theme of “Quality of Place.”

Maine Environmental Funders Network (2010)

We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning retreat for this coalition of environmental philanthropists. As a joint project of the Maine Community Foundation and Maine Philanthropy Center, the Environmental Funders Network helps to identify and create ways to improve and sustain Maine’s natural environment.

Maine Farmland Trust (2015)

The Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) is a statewide organization working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Craig was hired to facilitate a participatory visioning session at a MFT farmland access conference, in which participants shared ideas for positive solutions to help farmers access land.

Maine Global Warming Action Coalition (2008)

The Maine Global Warming Action Coalition is administered by the Natural Resources Council of Maine and consists of twenty nonprofit organizations concerned with global warming. They came together to discuss a common agenda and how best to work with each other. In addition to facilitating a meeting, we also helped with an advance survey of all coalition members and we prepared a summary report.

Maine Grain Alliance (2010)

The Maine Grain Alliance is a nonprofit organization working to preserve and promote grain traditions. The Maine Grain Alliance oversees The KNEADING Conference, held annually in Skowhegan, which brings together farmers, bakers, and wood-fired oven enthusiasts. Building on our previous work with the steering committee of The KNEADING Conference, we were hired to help the Maine Grain Alliance with a series of strategic planning meetings. As a result of this work, we prepared a draft strategic plan.

Maine Housing and Building Materials Exchange (2007)

The Maine Housing and Building Materials Exchange benefits low income families and the environment by providing new and reusable building materials at an affordable price. They hired us to facilitate two half-day meetings of the board of directors which resulted in a written strategic plan.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (2007)

Inspired by diverse faith perspectives, Maine Interfaith Power and Light works to protect the natural world from climate change by engaging the faith communities and people of Maine in energy conservation and the use of clean, renewable energy. They hired us to work with the Executive Committee and Board to improve board operations and establish strategic direction.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (2008)

Inspired by diverse faith perspectives, Maine Interfaith Power and Light works to protect the natural world from climate change by engaging the faith communities and people of Maine in energy conservation and the use of clean, renewable energy. They hired us to help the board establish strategic direction and work on specific issues.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (2009)

Inspired by diverse faith perspectives, Maine Interfaith Power and Light works to protect the natural world from climate change by engaging the faith communities and people of Maine in energy conservation and the use of clean, renewable energy. They hired us to facilitate the board’s annual strategic planning retreat. We also prepared a report outlining the new strategic direction and the board’s work on specific issues.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light (2011)

Maine Interfaith Power and Light engages the faith communities of Maine to counter climate change through education, advocacy, conservation, and clean renewable power. We were hired to plan and facilitate a day long summit inviting people of faith who care about protecting the planet to come together to share and discuss ideas and solutions.

Maine Lakes Resource Center (2015)

Located in Belgrade, the Maine Lakes Resource Center provides capacity-building resources to local and regional conservation groups. We were hired to facilitate a series of meetings between the Resources Center and lake conservation groups in the Belgrade Lakes region, to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (2008)

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) hired us to facilitate a discussion among the MOFGA board of directors and the board of directors of MOFGA Certification Services, LLC, the wholly-owned subsidiary of MOFGA that certifies organic farmers on behalf of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (2010)

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. Each year, volunteers and professionals moderate panel discussions at the Farmer to Farmer Conference put on by MOFGA. We were hired to provide training for volunteer moderators. Several Good Group Decisions Associates then joined other volunteers in facilitating panel discussions at the 2010 conference. Leigh Tillman assisted with this project.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) (2015-2016)

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. We were hired to help facilitate a multiphase strategic planning process. We began with a series of meetings, conversations, and surveys among stakeholder groups, board members, and staff members to help refine the organization’s values, vision and mission. In the next phase we facilitated a series of meetings to help define organizational goals and objectives.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) (2018)

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. We were hired to facilitate a series of meetings to discuss plans for the MOFGA campus in Unity, Maine.

Maine Public Utilities Commission – Energy Division (2006)

The Energy Division of the Maine Public Utilities Commission promotes the more efficient use of electricity statewide through Efficiency Maine and the Maine State Energy Program. They hired us to facilitate a full day staff retreat and help them develop a resulting strategic plan.

Maine Sea Grant (2011)

Based at the University of Maine, Maine Sea Grant is part of a network of Sea Grant programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states, sponsoring scientific research and marine workforce development focused on Maine’s coastal communities. We were hired to facilitate a team building and strategic planning staff retreat.

Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society (2008)

The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society explores, develops and promotes agricultural systems and practices that allow Maine farmers to retain a greater share of consumer expenditures for farm products. We facilitated a half-day board retreat focused on strategic planning. In advance of the retreat, we interviewed each board member and prepared a report of the findings which informed the discussion around the future direction of the organization. Six months after the planning retreat, we facilitated a follow-up board retreat.

Maine Wilderness Watershed Trust (2018)

The Maine Wilderness Watershed Trust protects the character, resources and beauty of the Pierce Pond watershed (near Caratunk in western Maine) and preserves traditional public recreational use of the area. We were hired to facilitate a full-day board visioning retreat to help develop a future vision for the Trust.

Maine Woods Consortium (2011)

The Maine Woods Consortium is an open association of non-profit organizations, businesses and government agencies dedicated to advancing a “triple bottom line” approach (economy, environment, community) to development and conservation in the Maine Woods region. We were hired to offer advice on a project designed to develop a quality labeling program for Maine Woods tourism.

Merrymeeting Permaculture and Transition (2011)

Merrymeeting Permaculture and Transition is a group of individuals and organizations working to build environmental and economic resilience at the backyard and community levels. We were hired to facilitate a public meeting where participants could learn about each other’s work and share ideas about how to inspire and support positive changes.

Mid-Coast Magnet (2009)

Despite the growing number of green building practitioners, the actual transformation of Maine’s built environment towards improved energy efficiency is not happening fast enough. This is the challenge that Mid-Coast Magnet, a non-profit based in Rockland/Camden, confronted at the statewide Built Energy Forum in Augusta. We were hired to facilitate the break-out sessions of the conference. We also prepared the conference report.

Midcoast Conservancy (2018)

Midcoast Conservancy protects and promotes healthy lands, waters, and communities through conservation, outdoor adventure, and learning. We were hired to plan and facilitate a board retreat for Midcoast Conservancy.

Midcoast Conservancy (2019)

Midcoast Conservancy protects and promotes healthy lands, waters, and communities through conservation, outdoor adventure, and learning. We have been hired to plan and facilitate a series of strategic framework development meetings for the Conservancy.

National Audubon Society (2010-2011)

Three organizations, National Audubon Society, Maine Audubon and Kieve-WavusEducation, Inc., collectively hired us to facilitate discussions about the future of Hog Island, off the coast of Maine near Bremen.

National Religious Partnership for the Environment (2014)

The National Religious Partnership for the Environment is an association of independent faith groups from the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Evangelical traditions. The partnership undertakes scholarship, leadership training, congregational and agency initiatives, and public policy education in service to environmental sustainability and justice. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a two-day meeting in Maryland among faith-based environmental professionals to identify current work among religious groups and explore opportunities for collaboration.

NatureBridge (2014-2015)

NatureBridge provides experiential field science programs in our national parks and works to make environmental education a national priority. NatureBridge also convenes the National Park Education Partners, a group working to ensure that students can experience national parks as places of learning. We facilitated and documented a series of conference calls among the interim steering committee for the Partners.

NatureBridge (Spring 2014)

NatureBridge provides thousands of young people with experiential field science programs in our national parks and works to make environmental education a national priority. NatureBridge convened a meeting of the National Park Education Partners in Washington, DC, to discuss efforts to ensure that students can experience national parks as places of learning. Craig helped to plan and facilitate the meeting.

New England Forestry Foundation (2006)

On the heels of two globally significant forest conservation projects, and related fundraising, the board of this sophisticated organization wanted to improve board engagement and be sure of where they were headed next. We facilitated two board meetings and helped them with strategic planning and organizational development.

New England Forestry Foundation (2008)

The New England Forestry Foundation is dedicated to providing for the conservation and ecologically sound management of privately owned forestlands in New England and beyond. We were hired to conduct a strategic planning board retreat.

New Hampshire Lakes Association (2016)

The New Hampshire Lakes Association protects New Hampshire lakes and watersheds through education and advocacy. We were hired to facilitate a strategic thinking process including stakeholder input gathering and a series of board and committee meetings. The process resulted in a written statement of strategic direction.

North American Association for Environmental Education (2012-2014)

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) supports environmental educators with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy. Craig helped facilitate a NAAEE strategic planning process that involved multiple meetings in Washington D.C. and San Francisco and phone interviews with thought leaders throughout the country.

North American Association for Environmental Education (Fall 2012)

We were hired to help plan and facilitate the three-day annual conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in Oakland, California. We also helped plan and facilitate a special Funders Forum of about 100 organizations that invest in environmental education. NAAEE supports environmental educators in the US, Canada, and Mexico with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy.

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) (2017)

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) supports environmental educators with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy. Craig helped plan and facilitate a meeting in Washington, DC, among leaders of NAAEE and the Children & Nature Network to discuss specific ideas for collaboration.

North American Association for Environmental Education (Spring 2012)

We were hired to offer a training session on Advanced Facilitation at the five-day National Training Workshop of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in Washington, DC. NAAEE supports environmental educators in the US, Canada, and Mexico with professional development, guidelines for excellence, networking, and advocacy.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail (2010)

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 700-mile wilderness waterway in New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire and Maine. We were hired to work with businesses along the Maine section of the trail to design and develop packages for tourists, including specific itineraries. This project is supported by a federal Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) to promote economic development in the Northern Forest.

Northern Forest Center (2008)

The Northern Forest Center convened a two-day conference to advance recommendations of the sustainable economy initiative. One hundred people from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York convened to develop consensus on top-priority activities to advance the Northern Forest economy in a sustainable manner. We were hired to facilitate the Regional Coordination and Advocacy Work Group.

Rippleffect (2015)

Rippleffect promotes youth development and leadership and connects students to the natural world with a variety of unique programming, including adventure and learning facilities on a 26-acre island in Casco Bay, Maine. We were hired to assist with strategic planning efforts including stakeholder input gathering and a series of facilitated Board and Committee meetings.

Royal River Conservation Trust (2014)

The Royal River Conservation Trust is a community-based non-profit land trust that has conserved 3300 strategic acres in the Royal River watershed in southern Maine. We were hired to help plan and facilitate a Board retreat.

Royal River Conservation Trust (2017)

The Royal River Conservation Trust is a community-based non-profit land trust that has conserved 3300 strategic acres in the Royal River watershed in southern Maine. As in the past, we were hired to help plan and facilitate a Board retreat.

SEANET (2014-2015)

The University of Maine received a National Science Foundation grant to establish the SEANET (Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network) program in Maine. Over five years SEANET is conducting multi-institutional, transdisciplinary research on how aquaculture can fit into the landscape, ecosystem, and economies of Maine’s working waterfront communities. We were hired to plan, facilitate, and provide a complete report of a two-day strategic planning session among the management team and other project stakeholders.

Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association (2013)

The Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association is a non-profit land trust and advocacy group of 550 member families that has been working since 1969 on conservation and restoration of the natural and historic heritage of the Sheepscot Watershed in  midcoast Maine. We were hired to facilitate a process to help the board make an important decision.

Teens to Trails (2015)

Teens to Trails is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing opportunities for Maine teens to experience the outdoors, and working to support high school Outing Clubs across the State. We were hired to plan and facilitate a special Board Retreat to help develop a work plan for the future. The retreat was held at the Flagstaff Hut in Carrabassett Valley – we skied in with our projector, screen, and meeting supplies!

Teens to Trails (2016)

Teens to Trails works to increase opportunities for Maine teens to experience the outdoors, and supports high school Outing Clubs across the State. Like last year, we were hired to plan and facilitate a special Board and Staff Retreat to help plan for the future. Also like last year, the retreat was held at a remote ski-in hut in western Maine! Our colleague Leigh Tillman acted as lead facilitator this year.

The Chewonki Foundation (2010)

Headquartered on the shores of Montsweag Bay in Wiscasset, Chewonki is an environmental education organization offering boys’ and girls’ camps, travelling natural history programs, wilderness trips and workshops, and a residential academic semester program. We were hired to faciliate a two-day strategic planning retreat among the Board of Trustees, Advisors to the Board and selected staff. As part of this work, we also gathered advance input through an online survey and staff listening sessions.

The Ecology School (2018)

Based on Ferry Beach in Saco, Maine, since 1998, The Ecology School has brought innovative ecology education programs to over 170,000 students through field trips, school science curriculums, and overnight and day camps. As the School was preparing to transition to a new site at River Bend Farm, we were hired to facilitate a public information and input meeting regarding River Bend Farm.

The KNEADING Conference (2010)

The annual KNEADING Conference brings farmers, bakers, and wood-fired oven enthusiasts to Skowhegan to explore the art and science of growing, milling and baking local artisan breads. We worked behind the scenes with the steering committee on developing long term plans for the conference.

The Nature Conservancy (2011)

Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people, including over 1 million acres in Maine. The Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy hired us to facilitate a full-day team building and strategic planning retreat for the philanthropy department staff.

The Nature Conservancy – New Hampshire Chapter (2015)

The Nature Conservancy has helped protect more than 270,000 acres of ecologically significant land in New Hampshire and currently owns and manages 28 preserves across the state. We were hired to facilitate a strategic planning process for The Nature Conservancy’s New Hampshire Chapter that included a series of staff and trustee meetings to assess the organization’s situation and establish a strategic direction.

The Nature Conservancy in Maine (2018)

The Nature Conservancy has been working in Maine for 60 years to “conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.” We were hired to plan and facilitate a two-day board strategic planning retreat in Millinocket, Maine. We also prepared a complete report of the retreat, incorporating notes from a community partners panel discussion, a tour of regional trails, staff presentations, and board brainstorming sessions.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Maine Field Office (2011)

The Maine Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hired us to facilitate a series of three open house sessions on lynx trapping in Presque Isle, Orono, and Gorham, Maine, for members of the public to learn about the permit process, exchange information on techniques to avoid incidental trapping of lynx, and provide feedback on assessments and plans. Leigh Tillman served as lead facilitator.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Northeast Regional Office (2010)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) works with a variety of entities, agencies, and private landowners to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats. USFWS has hired us to provide organizational development consulting and meeting facilitation services for the Ecological Services Program staff of the Northeast Regional Office, located in Hadley, Massachusetts.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension (2013)

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension puts university research to work in homes, businesses, farms, and communities throughout Maine, providing education and practical solutions for agriculture, natural resources, economic opportunity, and lifelong wellness. Craig has been hired to facilitate three sessions at the two-day Annual Organizational meeting for Cooperative Extension staff. Topics will cover strategic planning and practical ideas for handling challenges in group situations.

Wells Reserve at Laudholm (2016)

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm includes a National Estuarine Research Reserve (including 2,250 acres of coastal habitat) and a large historic saltwater farm (listed in the National Register of Historic Places). The Laudholm Trust is one of the organizations stewarding this unique property. Building on the Future Planning process we helped facilitate a few years ago, we were hired to facilitate a strategic plan “check-in” meeting to take stock of progress so far and adjust the plan for the future. Learn more in this quick video that Craig made on site!

Westbrook – City Forest Visioning (2016)

The City of Westbrook, Maine, had recently acquired a new parcel for its City Forest, and the Westbrook Recreation and Conservation Commission was seeking public input on how the land should be used. We were hired to facilitate two visioning meetings for participants to share ideas about what types of activities might be a good fit for the City Forest. We also prepared complete reports of the meetings.

Wild Seed Project (2016)

The Wild Seed Project works to increase the use of native plants in all landscape settings to promote biodiversity, plant resilience, wildlife habitat, and pollination and migration corridors. We were hired to facilitate a board retreat to discuss board and staff roles and plan for future work.