Institute For Eco-Municipality Education & Assistance
Experience

Sarah James and Torbjörn Lahti have conducted ecomunicipality and Natural Step workshops, trainings, and presentations together since 2004.  Workshops and presentations they gave in Ashland, WI, Madison, WI, Minneapolis, MN, Vandergrift, PA, and Philadelphia, PA, inspired and motivated ecomunicipality initiatives that have emerged in the Chequamegon Bay region of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Duluth, MN, Vandergrift, PA, and Lawrence Township, NJ. In 2007-2008, they led trainings sponsored by the Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning, the American Planning Association’s Environment, Natural Resources, & Energy Division, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association, bringing together sustainability practitioners from around the country to learn how to design and lead local ecomunicipality processes to become a sustainable community. In 2009-2010, they worked with a Mexican national agency to "mainstream sustainable development" in an initiative sponsored by the World Bank, and are currently starting a multi-eco-municipality project in Chile.

The following is a list of municipal clients for whom Sarah James or Torbjörn Lahti have led or co-led either TNS and ecomunicipality trainings, and/or bottom-up, participatory planning processes similar to the bottom-up ecomunicipality strategy. Their combined 40+ years of experience includes work with almost 200 municipalities.

Sarah James

Hanover, NH
Lawrence Township, NJ
Town of Lancaster, MA
City of Portsmouth, NH
Town of Rochester, MA
City of Somersworth, NH
Town of Shelter Island, NY
Town of Derry, NH
Town of Bellingham, MA
Town of Ossipee, NH
Town of Londonderry, NH
Town of Tamworth, NH
Town of Great Barrington, MA
Towns of Albany & Madison, NH
City of Concord, NH
Town of Westport, MA
Town of Westwood, MA
Town of Peterborough, NH

Other municipal clients include:

Town of Charlestown, NH
Town of Mashpee, MA
Town of Allagash, ME
City of Chelsea, MA
Town of Fort Fairfield, ME
Town of Uxbridge, MA
City of Gloucester, MA
City of Redding, CA
Town of Hamilton, MA
Town of Lyme, NH
Town of Hanson, MA
Town of Chatham, MA
Town of Wolfeboro, NH


Sarah James was awarded the 2007 Dale Prize for excellence in planning and for her contributions to ecological planning. Read more

Torbjörn Lahti

Smedjebacken
Kungälv
Varberg
Laholm
Kävlinge
Bromölla
Ystad
Hässleholm
Eksjö
Aneby
Robertsfors
Sundsvall
Umeå
Sollefteå
Sorsele
Luleå
Kalix
Övertorneå
Boden
Kiruna
Norsjö
Malå
Timrå
Östersund
Berg
Hällefors




Kungsör
Sundbyberg
Solna
Nacka
Huddinge
Nynäshamn
Trosa
Linköping
Hjo
Skara
Götene
Karlsborg
Örebro
Karlskona
Mjölby
Göteborg
Lysekil
Tanum
Arvika
Storfors
Borlänge
Falun
Orsa
Leksand
Svenlsjunga