Happiness, knowledge, not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour…
- Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
C|B|C: Collaborations Ahead, Vision Unlimited (CAVU), LLC is a public affairs and planning firm whose mission is to cultivate sustainable communities using a systems approach to generate habits that establish long-term collaborations within and between organizations and communities. Nadine Canter Barnicle brings more than 25 years of experience in the following areas: transportation and energy efficiency, land use/growth management, air and water quality as well as recycling and solid waste projects in urban, rural and suburban settings. She has extensive higher ed experience as adjunct faculty and as the interim Associate Director of the Center for Careers and Internships at Middlebury College where she advises students on careers with social impact. Barnicle founded CBC:CAVU in 1998 and has moved seamlessly between the public and private sectors on management teams as both the client and the consultant since 1990.
Nadine Canter Barnicle, principal
Nadine’s approach to developing systems to address competing demands for natural and human resources formed while developing her master’s thesis at the University of Pennsylvania. Her thesis was the first academic work to document top down, bottom up collaborative community-based processes to support Federal Wild & Scenic River designation. Early in her career she coordinated the public involvement efforts for the City of Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan required by the ground-breaking Washington State Growth Management Act.
She has been the client with experience on non-profit management teams and in program management positions in regional government and higher education. As a consultant her clients in the Pacific Northwest have included: Washington State Department of Transportation, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, King County Commission on Recyclable Materials and the City of Seattle Solid Waste and Water Quality Departments. In Vermont her clients have included: Green Mountain Transit, Housing Vermont, Vermont Land Trust, The Intervale Foundation, Middlebury College and the State of Vermont’s Air Quality and Climate Division, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), Vermont Agency of Transportation and Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR). She was awarded a High Meadows Fund grant to implement transportation demand management programs in Addison County in 2012. She is currently launching the coalition Transportation4Vermont with partners at VEIC and Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) to establish a statewide strategy to advocate for transportation and mobility choices. She is a co-recipient of a Harvest Grant from the New England Grassroots Fund to create a HUB network of town energy committees focusing on transportation.
Nadine has produced 100s of publications, white papers and market research studies, as well as multi-media reports and media events for dozens of private and public sector clients including government, NGO, higher ed and non-profits. Referred to as an "intrepreneur," she has been recognized by the Public Relations Society of America and others for her work. Prior to living in Vermont she was part of Seattle's fastest growing women-owned public affairs consulting firm. In Vermont, she served on the Cross-Cutting Technical Work Group of the Governor's Climate Change Commission in 2006-2007. She is particularly skilled at stakeholder processes that balance competing demands for resources and creating strategic communications plans for any budget. She has taught college courses on social marketing and environmental affairs as adjunct faculty at Middlebury College.
Most recently her work in 2012-2014 to co-manage the design and build of ACTR's Community Transportation Center received the “Best of the Best” Merit Award in 2017 for excellence in energy efficient new construction from Efficiency Vermont. Her volunteer work includes four years on her town’s planning commission where she is a founding member of the town energy committee. She is on the Board of Directors at the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, where she chairs the Communications Committee.
Nadine spends her free time studying nutrition and Tai Chi, reading, hiking and sea kayaking. She lives in Central Vermont with her husband and two almost grown and flown children.
Check out Nadine's full resume.