Sarah James and Torbjörn Lahti have conducted ecomunicipality 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 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|| Torbjörn Lahti |
2007 Dale Prize for excellence
in planning and for her contributions
to ecological planning.
Institute For Eco-Municipality
Education & Assistance