Gordon Peabody, Founder and Director, Safe Harbor Environmental Services

Gordon Peabody, Founder and Director Safe Harbor Environmental Services

Gordon Peabody, Founder and Director Safe Harbor Environmental Services

“Living on the sea offers an intimate embrace with the primal elements that shape our lives. Our Coastal Resources and Coastal Communities need each other to survive.”  

Peabody lives aboard a sailboat for up to six months each year. 

We have intentionally structured this Web Site for educational use. We offer support to High School and College students and Community Groups with up to 20 environmental education presentations each year.  We have an active Intern Program, taking on board two part time interns each semester. We now offer College Credit for Interns in our Program. We suggest checking out our publications page, for some great choices in further learning. Since we are an environmental consulting group, we also provide restoration plans, permitting and management services for Coastal and Wetlands projects. Safe Harbor offers free initial consultations: gordonpeabody@gmail.com

  • Peabody was Chair of a Conservation Commission on Cape Cod for almost 5 years.
  • Peabody chaired the Herring River Technical Committee, tasked with reviewing all existing scientific materials and developing a conceptual salt marsh restoration plan for the 1,200-acre Herring River diked estuary on Cape Cod. This would be the largest estuary restoration in New England.
  • Peabody and Green Architect from Aline Architects in Orleans (Joy Cuming), were Visiting Professors for Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin.
  • Peabody wrote, edited and published “An Applicant’s Guide to Conservation Commissions”.
  • Peabody edits and publishes annual “Conservation Commission Directory” for the Outer Cape, including deadlines, requirements and contact information.
  • Peabody has written and published 28 educational  booklets on the Innovative Environmental Techniques developed by Safe Harbor
  • Peabody is founder and Editor of OCEAN Newsletter (Outer Cape Environmental Awareness Newsletter), an e-newsletter with a readership of nearly 4,000 subscribers.
  • Peabody is a contributor to the Western Australia Water Journal, which covers an area equal to about half of the US.
  • Peabody is Editor and manager of SafeHarborEnv.Com, the environmental educational web site of Safe Harbor. The site receives up to 12,000 visitors each month.
  • In 2010, Peabody was a member of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Technical Advisory Committee tasked with revising erosion and sediment control guidelines and techniques. Safe Harbor’s innovative systems were incorporated.
  • At the largest environmental conference in New England, (Annual Environmental Conference for Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions) in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Peabody presented workshops to Massachusetts Conservation Commissioner members, Commission Agents and environmental professionals: “Using Sustainability to Make Better Conservation Commission Decisions”; Using Sustainable, Innovative Strategies for Reducing Vista Conflicts.
  • Peabody sponsored “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, a Learning Conference for Environmental Professionals, to review failed environmental projects on Cape Cod.
  • Peabody has assisted with Emergency Certification and Emergency Response Plans for coastal communities following winter storms. Peabody has been experimenting with innovative, bio mimicry restoration techniques, utilizing the wind energy within resource system to power successful coastal restoration.
  • Peabody received a grant for his successful experiment to restore a barrier dune, Peabody’s integrated Biomimicry system collected 24 vertical feet of new sand in 26 months, reconnecting eroded profiles.
  • Peabody is certified Coastal Invasive Vegetation Manager.
  • Peabody published “Risk Reduction Strategies for Environmental Projects, in the (AMWS) Association of Massachusetts Wetlands Scientists Newsletter. The article reviewed failed environmental projects on Cape Cod.
  • On July 22, 2015, Peabody was invited by NOAA to present a National Webinar on Safe Harbor's Biomimicry coastal restoration system, The presentation is available in their archives.
  • Peabody wrote an article for the (AMWS) Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists Newsletter titled “The Role of Uncertainty in Climate Change Decisions”.