Consulting & Coaching

Preparing for the extreme effects of climate change is a challenging task. Adapting to heat waves, storms, drought, fire, and climate-related impacts is essential to safeguard communities. Our climate consultants and coaches are here to help you with the technical assistance that you need!

Here are our climate consultant and coaches and the technical assistance they can offer your team:

Spencer Phillips, Ph.D.

  • Ecosystem services valuation
  • Regional economic analysis
  • Natural resource damage assessment

Toby Thaler, JD

  • Policy analysis/land use policy
  • Forest management
  • Climate change

Josh Dye

  • Community outreach & engagement
  • Outreach to vulnerable populations
  • Marketing, communications, websites, social media

Email Josh Dye to start working with one of our climate consultants!


Model Forest Policy Program’s review and recommendations of our city’s comprehensive plan were simply superb. Their incisive and detailed examination resulted in a comprehensive written report with appropriate recommendations for inclusion in the city’s plan. It will enhance our overall effort to ensure the aesthetics and natural beauty of our area! I highly recommend that any city or agency work with Model Forest Policy Program to address forest, water, and climate issues in their existing directives and policies.

~ James A. Stafne, Chairman Cookeville Planning Commission


Model Forest Policy Program provided critical support, resources, and leadership, in helping our community evolve into a more sustainable city. From helping the city establish a reputation as a sustainable leader in Tennessee, to a formal revision of our land use comprehensive plan, our city has benefited from their experience, innovative climate change solutions, and the clearly defined process they used to lead our citizens and local officials.

~ Sam Sallee, former mayor, Cookeville, TN