Claire Tebbs, Principal

Claire Tebbs is a seasoned community and land-use planner, landscape designer, teacher and artist. She is passionate about building creative, inclusive communities. Claire has been involved in rural and urban place-making and community engagement in both the US and Canada for the past 20 years.

Prior to Ear to the Ground she worked as a Senior Planner at Addison County Regional Planning Commission, a Greenways Designer for the City of Vancouver, Canada, and Education Program Manager for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Washington DC. Claire is a member of the American Planning Association and its Northern New England chapter (NNECAPA) and received and maintains professional certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a BSc. 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. 




"Claire brings enthusiasm, creativity, and technical expertise to all of her work. She is supremely effective at unleashing the potential of engaged community members to get great things done." - Jon Copans, Program Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD)

"Claire clearly has her finger on the pulse of local communities as they vision and plan for their growth, health and environment." - Bethany Yon PhD, Chronic Disease Specialist Vermont Dept. of Health

"Claire's attention to details in any planning process have blown me away – she has the patience for deep listening and holds creative space to allow for the emergence of a community’s hopes and dreams. Her clarity within structured and messy processes inspires me." - Nadine Canter Barnicle, Community Engagement Specialist, The New Perennials @ Middlebury College

"Claire has proven herself time and time again to be both an incredible leader and team player.

- Niki Boudah, Eco-Americorp Mentee

"Claire brought clarity, sensitivity and a depth of thinking to the table to create a sense of ease for those of us who recognized right away that Claire had our back." - Walk-Bike Council Member 

"The map class was really fun!  You get to create your own maps about anything. I totally suggest doing it!

- Map Maker, Maura, Age 6