The Smart Group is a science-based company that develops innovative products and sustainable solutions. Our staff is a varied set of ecologists, educators and statisticians with decades of experience in all corners of the globe.
Based on the principles of a triple bottom line, our work balances the environmental, economic, and social responsibilities required to achieve vibrant ecosystems. We believe our science-based solutions for clean water and clean land provide the foundation for healthier people and places.
The Smart Group principals have been providing leadership in science-based sustainable solutions for over
20 years. We have been at the forefront of identifying, developing, and implementing practices,
programs, and products that lead to clean water, clean land, and sustainable solutions.
We have provided advisory services on more than 300 projects around the world in 23 countries.
Get to know the key team members of The Smart Group below.
Dr. Smart earned a doctorate in limnology (freshwater ecology) from the University of Missouri with emphasis on water, watersheds, and ecological toxicology. Dr. Smart has taught at the Univ of Wisconsin at LaCrosse and Duke University; he was Group Leader for Carolina Power and Light’s (now Progress Energy) Water Quality, Water Chemistry and Trace Element Program; and founded The Smart Group, a science-based company that develops innovative products and sustainable solutions. Our focus is clean water, clean soil and innovative products that are based on principles of sustainability.
He has 32 years of experience developing, implementing, and teaching environmental strategies that protect and enhance natural resources while adding value. Many of the 32 years have been devoted to evaluating the effects of and implementing solutions for various pollutants including nutrients, toxic chemicals, physical stressors, and habitat degradation in aquatic ecosystems. He is recognized as an expert in solving problems and managing risk associated with aquatic resources and watershed/water dynamics resulting from various land uses.
Dr. Smart is also a recognized expert in developing and implementing scientifically based sustainability strategies for businesses. He has developed scientifically based techniques, practices, processes and educational guides that promote ‘green’, low-impact, sustainable solutions for many different types of businesses. These have been instituted at more than 300 projects in 22 different countries in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Central America, South America and throughout Mexico and Canada, and 32 different states. Each project focuses on establishing scientifically credible and verifiable practices that provide the environmental structure for the project, and then merging this with real-world, experiential education that connects people with the environment.
One of his latest projects was writing a Sustainability Manual for the 8,000 member Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). This book provided the education and support for club management professionals in corporate responsibility and environmental action.
Mr. Bodie earned a masters in biological sciences from the University of Missouri with emphasis on landscape ecology and environmental management. Prior to this, he conducted research at varied desert, forest, freshwater, and marine locations with the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Lab. Mr. Bodie has authored or co-authored several articles in international scientific publications, including BioScience and Journal of Environmental Management. For the past 12 years, he has focused on science-based, sustainable solutions for companies and key projects as a principal with The Smart Group, Inc.
Mr. Bodie has 17 years experience in the assessment, design, implementation, and oversight of applied ecology in natural and human-managed environments. He specializes in technological design, in creating and implementing strategic environmental plans, and in applying sound scientific principles and current ‘best practices’ to managed environments for government, corporate, industry, and real estate projects. Mr. Bodie has managed >150 projects in 26 US states and 18 countries and territories in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. He has conducted a number of invited seminars on environmental management and third-party certifications.
Dr. Peacock earned a doctorate from the University of Florida. He has 30 years of experience and is an expert in the areas of turf grass nutrition and stress physiology, fertilizer technology and soils interactions, and environmental quality. He has consulted on agronomic issues on several hundred golf courses. He has published over 225 research and popular articles in turf grass management and given over 200 presentations at conferences, workshops, seminars, and short courses in the US, Canada, France, Hong Kong and Japan. He is a Professor of Crop Science specializing in Turf grass Management at North Carolina State University and provides expertise on agronomic issues.
Dr. Peacock has worked with communities and turf grass councils as a member of the USGA Green Section and environmental Research Committee, as a Director of Education for Golf Environment Organization, and with national and local turf commodity groups. He teaches and conducts research in the area of turf grass nutrition and stress physiology, fertilizer technology and soils interactions, and environmental quality. Give customers a reason to do business with you.