CONSULTING

We’re available in the following areas on a consulting basis. Past clients have included engineering and architecture firms, academic departments, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, homeowners, and private businesses. Let us know if you’d like a hand.

[Susan’s] compassionate and practical advice helped me stay focused with a clear path forward for achieving my goals

PAST CLIENT

Project coaching

  • Mentoring in idea generation and development
  • Experienced in creative responses to urban social, economic, and ecological issues
  • Demonstrated skill with novice innovators from diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Book conceptualization, identification, and definition of book ideas and translating projects into books
  • Innovation and synthesis across disciplinary boundaries
  • Design thinking and process-based thinking
Past Coaching Topics

Clean energy systems (solar, wind, biofuels, microgrids) in cities and neighborhoods
Urban wildlife habitat
Cultural landscapes of marginalized communities
Play landscapes for special needs children
Natural disaster recovery and resilience
Visitor experience in national parks
Health and social benefits of nature
Sustainable communities
Sustainable land use planning
Urban farming
Urban neglect
Urban design in marginalized and neglected communities
Bike, pedestrian, and transit networks
Writing
Visual communication
Presentation skills
Construction materials, design, and detailing

Fantastic tips on  how my projects fit into the bigger picture of my professional growth

PAST CLIENT

Thinks about projects in a thematic and systemic way, but also dives in and explores pragmatic details

PAST CLIENT

Group project mentoring

  • Mastermind group organization and facilitation
  • Connections between theory and research to applications
Past Group Mentoring Topics

Clean energy systems (solar, wind, biofuels, microgrids) in cities and neighborhoods
Health and social benefits of nature
Sustainable communities
Sustainable land use planning
Urban farming
Urban neglect
Urban design in marginalized and neglected communities
Bike, pedestrian, and transit networks
Writing
Visual communication
Presentation skills
Construction materials, design, and detailing

Educational materials and media

  • Facilitation of interdisciplinary conversations with students, faculty, practitioners and professionals
  • Innovation in teaching techniques and course structure, including digital and online technologies and social media
  • Course, curriculum, and class project development. Special skill in collaboration with community organizations.
Past educational topics

Clean energy in urban landscapes
Sustainable cities and neighborhoods
Reuse of neglected landscapes and structures
Nature-health benefits
Design for climate resilience
Healthy environments
People and the environment
Invasive species and ecosystem restoration
Crime and safety in urban landscapes
Neglect and environments
Race and space
Immigrant landscapes
Urban wilds
Landscape and urban design, master planning, detailing
Research-based design
Research methods

The whole project was better for [Susan] having been a part of it

PAST CLIENT

She helped me see more possibilities for my work than I could see on my own

PAST CLIENT

Technical writing

  • Science and research communication to cross-disciplinary audiences, professionals outside academia, and the public
  • Special strength in energy, engineering, innovation, health, and mixed-methods/quantitative research
  • Print and web publications for professional, scholarly, and public audiences
  • Special skill in crafting compelling stories from research reports, in research-to-product or service, and in materials and construction