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Blue Earth Consultants, LLC Celebrates its 10-Year Anniversary

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Blue Earth Consultants, LLC is delighted to announce 10 years of creating sustainable solutions to complex, multi-faceted marine and terrestrial issues around the world. Dr. Tegan Hoffmann established the firm in 2005 with a mission to provide globally the best ideas and consulting services for foundations, non-profit organizations, university and research institutions, government agencies, and the private sector to improve resource management, sustainable practices, and environmental and social resiliency.

In the past 10 years, our team has completed more than 125 projects for over 60 clients across a variety of sectors. Through our efforts, we increased effectiveness and capacity of over 250 organizations and created or enhanced over 1.5 million square miles of marine and terrestrial protected areas.

For our 10-year anniversary, we are excited to share key achievements and milestones for each year. Click below to learn more!

2005 Project Highlights and Milestones

Tegan Hoffmann established the firm as T.C. Hoffmann and Associates and started working with four clients in 2005

  • Signed first contracts with United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization World Heritage Centre Marine Programme and The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Performed due diligence and made recommendations to The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation on a portfolio of more than 50 large-scale protected area projects
  • Facilitated and drafted a five-year business plan for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization World Heritage Centre Marine Programme
  • Worked on the Central Coast Regional Profile and led the development of an adaptive management, monitoring, and evaluation framework for the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, in collaboration with the California Resources Agency and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, as part of the phase one Marine Life Protection Act Initiative team
  • Worked with Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University, and the Center for Ocean Solutions Planning Committee (comprised of members from Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Lab, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) on the development of the Center for Ocean Solutions business plan
  • Supported a stakeholder process that led to the establishment of the 408,250 km2 Phoenix Islands Protected Area World Heritage Site in Kiribati

2006 Project Highlights and Milestones

Completed 10 projects, with 7 out of 10 building our monitoring, evaluation, and learning service area

  • Assisted The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation with establishing a new way for field programs to develop regional action plans and we developed a monitoring, evaluation, and reporting framework for a $200 million, four-year program
  • Researched and wrote a report for the Morgan Family Foundation providing an overview of marine conservation in three regions: Coral Triangle, Wider Caribbean, and U.S. West Coast
  • Worked with the United States Agency for International Development-funded Marine Protected Area Network Learning Partnership to make recommendations on a marine protected area mangers evaluation and learning tool for the World Wildlife Fund

2007 Project Highlights and Milestones

T.C. Hoffmann and Associates expanded the team to three members and initiated five new client projects

  • Assisted California Ocean Science Trust in identifying challenges that hinder collaboration between the water quality regulatory and academic communities; recommended mechanisms to foster communication; and facilitated the development of a three-year business plan
  • Developed a monitoring and evaluation plan for organizational leadership training programs for scientists, including the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program for the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University
  • Drafted a charter and bylaws for the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature’s Gulf of California Marine Endowment regional committee and facilitated discussions on donor participation, fund prioritization and distribution, monitoring and evaluation, and fund operations manual revisions
  • Developed a state-of-the-art tool to assist The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation with a transition from individual deal review to portfolio-level oversight, monitoring, and evaluation for more than 35 projects administered by the Global Conservation Fund focused on protected area creation and long-term financing around the world

2008 Project Highlights and Milestones

Completed over 21 projects globally to date, including projects in Africa, Mexico, South America, and Southeast Asia; started five new client projects

  • Assisted the Center for Ocean Solutions with developing the Pacific Ocean Scientific Consensus Statement, which aligned 380 scientists around priority key threats to the health of the Pacific Ocean, impacts of these threats, and identified a path forward for action
  • Conducted an independent assessment of the APEC Marine Resources Conservation Working Group
  • Assisted with the planning and facilitation of a two-day meeting for the Aquatic Invasive Species Risk Assessment for California Ocean Science Trust
  • Conducted a feasibility assessment and supported development of a three-year business plan for a fee-for-service program/unit within Heal the Bay

2009 Project Highlights and Milestones

Opened a new office in Jack London Square, Oakland and collaborated on seven new client projects

  • Supported The David and Lucile Packard Foundation with the coastal ecosystem-based management program and development of a new science subprogram strategy
  • Evaluated the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Marine Fisheries subprogram on policy grantmaking within the U.S. West Coast
  • Assisted with the coordination and implementation of a set of social science grants in Oregon to support the State of Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan revision for permitting renewable ocean energy in state waters
  • Supported a user needs analysis and recommendations for California Marine Protected Area Monitoring Enterprise to inform development of OceanSpaces, a website, which aims to facilitate data integration and synthesis and increase the flow of monitoring data into decision-making
  • Conducted a strategic assessment of opportunities and feasibility of merging and funding Rare’s Fisheries Fellows and Pride Campaign programs in the Gulf of California
  • Developed a $30 million dollar capital campaign strategy for the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature’s Gulf of California Marine Endowment

2010 Project Highlights and Milestones

Collaborated on 18 client projects globally, expanding our service areas in meeting design, stakeholder engagement, and technical facilitation and strategic and business planning

  • Conducted a study to synthesize portfolio-scale lessons learned from 20 government and private foundation strategic ocean conservation grant-making programs throughout the world for The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Assessed Oregon’s institutional arrangements for nearshore research and management and made recommendations for a new Oregon structure and mechanism based on four model case studies for the state’s legislatively mandated Nearshore Research Task Force to consider; this informed the Oregon’s legislature in their establishment of the Oregon Ocean Science Trust
  • Conducted research to identify priorities and opportunities for funding marine fisheries conservation on a global scale for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Facilitated the process and technical working groups for scientific revisioning of the wild fisheries and aquaculture criteria guidelines for Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program
  • Conducted a mid-term independent assessment of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Belize Program
  • Featured in Pacific Standard, discussing the role of science integration for decision-making

2011 Project Highlights and Milestones

Changed name from T.C. Hoffmann and Associates to Blue Earth Consultants, LLC and expanded office in Jack London Square, Oakland to accommodate growing team

  • Presented at the 2011 Northwest Mexico Conservation Science Symposium in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Presented at the Coastal Zone 2011 Conference, “Winds of Change – Great Lakes, Great Oceans, and Great Communities” in Chicago, Illinois
  • Developed a background document that analyzes the institutional, policy, scientific, and technical context for taking action on Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning in California for California State Coastal Conservancy and California Ocean Protection Council
  • Conducted a mid-term independent evaluation of three Gulf of California grantee organizations for The Walton Family Foundation
  • Conducted “real-time” monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of a national Community Fisheries Network and developed a report presenting a definition, set of criteria, and metrics for a sustainable community fisheries standard for Ecotrust and Island Institute
  • Conducted case study research of successful implementation of marine protected area networks and large marine protected areas for Resources Legacy Fund
  • Supported facilitation of a one-day San Francisco Bay regional National Ocean Policy public listening session as a subcontractor with Eastern Research Group for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Coordinated and facilitated a two-day workshop, sponsored by the World Bank, to gain insights from leaders in the business and financial sectors on innovative financing options and viable tools; developed a framework to evaluate innovative options for encouraging private investments in coastal and marine ecosystems
  • Produced a seven-session ecosystem services seminar series, “Ecosystem Services: From Theory to Policy to Action,” targeting the foundation community for Coastal Quest and The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Published a comprehensive assessment of science integration in the Gulf of California region for Coastal Quest, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and The Walton Family Foundation
  • Conducted a mid-term independent assessment of the Oak Foundation Mesoamerican Reef Program

2012 Project Highlights and Milestones

Blue Earth Consultants, LLC team grew to eight staff members and initiated 20 new client projects

  • Conducted a needs assessment across audiences within The Nature Conservancy, which identified key challenges and barriers encountered in partnerships as well as internal and external opportunities to improve partnerships
  • Assisted a coalition of conservation organizations with the development of products analyzing and describing the conservation benefits of regional land use planning and drafted a supplemental chapter in the Sustainable Community Strategy for nine San Francisco Bay Area counties
  • Assisted with interagency implementation planning for a successful marine protected area network in California for the California Natural Resource Agency
  • Conducted research for Oceana to map the current status of fisheries governance, policy, and funding in two countries and conducted a funder assessment in one additional country
  • Assisted our strategic partner, Coastal Quest, on a project supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Henry Foundation to develop a sustainable financing business plan for the Soufriere Marine Management Association in St. Lucia
  • Produced a meta-analysis on the banking sector’s approach to identifying, considering, and mitigating their financing activities’ impacts on natural resources and ecosystems for Coastal Quest and The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Provided professional facilitation services for a two-day meeting regarding needs and opportunities for advancing a natural and social science foundation for coastal and marine spatial planning in Hawaii for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission

2013 Project Highlights and Milestones

Achieved GSA and B-Corp certifications, completed over 100 projects to date, and supported clients in the U.S. West and East Coast, Hawaii, Mexico, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Indonesia

  • Provided logistical and planning support to California Ocean Science Trust as they co-hosted the State of the California Central Coast Symposium; presented and provided a panelist for a discussion, “Opportunities for Effective MPA Network Implementation of the State of the California Central Coast Symposium”
  • Work highlighted in MPA News – Global News and Analysis on Marine Protected Areas, May/June 2013 issue
  • Work highlighted in Marine Ecosystems and Management’s June/July 2013 issue, which features news and analysis on ocean planning and ecosystem-based management
  • Work highlighted in United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Centre Marine Programme Annual Newsletter
  • Assisted the Monterey Bay Aquarium with prioritizing ocean policy opportunities that the ocean conservation policy initiative could consider and supported strategic planning for the Conservation and Science Division as it began to consider merging efforts on policy, sustainable seafood, and conservation research into one unified and integrated effort
  • Assisted the University of Miami and its partners, Royal Caribbean International Cruises Ltd. and The Ocean Fund, by performing a situational analysis to assess the validity of the business model and value proposition that OceanScope has to offer
  • Developed a regional marine protected area monitoring and evaluation plan for five Eastern Caribbean countries for The Nature Conservancy and the World Bank
  • Worked with faculty to define coastal sustainability and identify themes and issues that a new coastal sustainability degree program could focus for the University of California, Santa Cruz

2014 Project Highlights and Milestones

Signed first contracts as prime with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and California Department of Fish and Wildlife; collaborated on 11 new client projects

  • Presented three projects, including lessons learned from private and public ocean conservation donors around the world, sustainable financing for two marine protected areas in St. Lucia, and key elements for implementing successful MPA networks at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s 2014 World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia
  • Presented two talks and one tool demonstration at Social Coast Forum in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Facilitated development of “The California Collaborative Approach: Marine Protected Areas Partnership Plan” with a drafting oversight group comprised of representatives from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Ocean Protection Council, California Fish and Game Commission, California Natural Resource Agency, and California Ocean Science Trust
  • Conducted an assessment of seascape-scale MPA investments within the Gulf of California, Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape, and Bird’s Head Seascape for the Walton Family Foundation
  • Developed a strategic plan and monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan for Helmsley Trust’s Conservation Program to determine best conversation investment opportunities within Baja California Sur and the broader Gulf of California region
  • Performed in-depth landscape analyses of multi-/bi-lateral development, relief agencies, and organizations, private foundations, and the current and projected investment in five countries for Oceana
  • Worked in collaboration with Georgetown University on a new $20 million initiative, the Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI), to support GEI as it seeks to engage in strong and effective internal and external partnerships
  • Assisted with the development of a marketing and communications strategy and implementation plan and building partnerships to support marine reserve communications for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Researched funder prospects aligned with the mission of the Global Sharks and Rays Initiative, a multi-institutional effort led by Wildlife Conservation Society and its partners
  • Contributed to the update of the 2005 California State Wildlife Action Plan for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife with Ascent Environmental
  • Developed and implemented an evaluation tool as a mechanism to assess the effectiveness of the annual “Marine Outreach and Education Virgin Islands Style: Improving Fishing Community Awareness and Compliance Project” fisher registration workshops for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Currently assisting California Department of Fish and Wildlife in developing an updated version of the Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas, which describes how California Department of Fish and Wildlife will manage the statewide network of marine protected areas established through the Marine Life Protection Act
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