Ear to the Ground offers technical and creative project support for community-led planning and placemaking to towns, community organizations, and schools including; strategic planning, conceptual design of public places, resource development, and community engagement.
Placemaking is creating great public places, together. It is a community-led process inspiring inclusive and thoughtful planning, design, and creative use of community spaces. Placemaking is grassroots community development, celebrating the love of, and encouraging the stewardship of, local places.
Community engagement provides people with opportunities to be a part of creating and shaping their community. It assumes that local people are the experts of a place, offering essential ideas, inspiration, skills, and knowledge for improving places which resonate with a community's values and interests.
Claire Tebbs is a seasoned community planner and educator. She is passionate about building creative, inclusive communities where people feel connected and a part of the places they are in. Claire has been involved in rural and urban sustainable community planning and design, and community and youth engagement in both the US and Canada for the past 20 years.
Claire is a member of the American Planning Association and its Northern New England chapter (NNECAPA). She maintains professional certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Claire holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Education from the University of Vermont. She hails from the UK and lives in Vermont with her family, whom she adores.
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