program & project portfolio


what I do

I restore and conserve ecosystems by increasing planning and operations effectiveness with nature-based solutions, leadership, project management methodologies, and systems-thinking.

EXPERIENCE SUMMARY

In the past 15 years, I have acquired work experience which includes: 

  • +12 years in stakeholder management 
  • +10 years in environmental sciences
  • +7 years in finance 
  • +7 years in project management
  • +4 years in agriculture
  • Largest program to-date: $270M USD 
  • Largest division co-managed: +2,000 employees 


I have worked in different countries with multi-cultural and multi-ethnic groups. 


Subject areas I have been working and studying in, and have participated in a total of +130 courses and trainings in: 

  • ecology & climate
  • conservation & restoration of land & watersheds
  • regenerative agriculture & soil science
  • sustainable development
  • project management
  • finance

(My completed courses and trainings list is available here for download)


Additionally, I am a certified:

  • Project Management Professional® (PMI)

  • Sustainability Associate® (ISSP)

  • Arborist® (ISA)

  • Drone/Remote Pilot (USFAA Part 107)


In June 2020, I will graduate as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Sustainability Management.

Certifications & Licenses

A FAVORITE PROJECT QUOTE:

"EXPECT THE BEST, PLAN FOR THE WORST, AND PREPARE TO BE SURPRISED."
~ DENIS WAITLEY

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Paradise Camp Fire wildfire Tetra Tech environmental disaster recovery drone mapping arborist Benoit Clement

DISASTER RECOVERY PHASE 3: DEBRIS REMOVAL

A wildfire destroyed 95% of the Town of Paradise. We removed 3.1M tons of hazardous materials and debris for the State and Federal agencies to allow for commercial and residential owners to rebuild or sell.

Paradise Camp Fire wildfire Tetra Tech disaster recovery Benoit Clement-1

DISASTER RECOVERY PHASE 2: VEGETATION MAPPING & ASSESSMENT

Almost all of the Town of Paradise's school district buildings and commercial properties were destroyed by a wildfire that burned 95% of the city. We needed to identify and map hazardous trees for removal from school district and commercial properties.

La Casa De Maria Rain Garden Watershed Progressive water conservation habitat restoration stormwater rainwater Benoit Clement

WATERSHED & HABITAT RESTORATION & STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

Improves instream flow to a critical southern steelhead habitat on Ysidro Creek through capturing stormwater to be used for landscape irrigation and increases groundwater recharge, rehydrates soils of fragile oak woodland upland habitat.

Ojai water conservation grant program city Benoit Clement

WATER SECURITY PROGRAM, GRANT, & OUTREACH

Wrote successfully awarded grant for a conservation program I developed to increase water security for the Ojai Valley by integrating the City of Ojai and multi-sector partnerships

program & project SPECIFICATIONS


"Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning." 

~ Winston Churchill

PROJECT: INDIGENOUS AGROFORESTRY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MODEL

AGROFORESTRY / INDIGENOUS DEVELOPMENT / ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION-CONSERVATION

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Project Context

Indigenous communities are often located in critical ecosystems and key biodiversity areas, living in poverty, with little or no access to education nor sustainable economic opportunity, leaving them to sell land and timber for sustenance.

Project Objective
Create a model for a pilot project that aims to improve the livelihoods of local communities by using agroforestry as a nature-based solution for restoring and conserving ecosystems, creating local economic gains, strengthening culture, and allowing for sustained competitive participation in local and global market economies.

Project Highlights

  • Agroforestry as a nature-based solution
  • Culturally-sensitive and strengthening
  • Based on successful SALD model
  • Restores/conserves ecosystems
  • Provides economic gains for indigenous communities

PROJECT: marketing communication strategy plan

ENVIRONMENTAL SHARED VALUE & MARKETING COMMUNICATION

Organization Name
SUSTAINABILITY MANAGEMENT SCHOOL (SUMAS)

Client
DOI TUNG DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

Location
Chiang Rai, THAILAND

Project Role/Title
Communication Strategist & Environmental Subject Matter Expert

Project Objective
Identified key environmental value creation points in their circular supply and value chain for their market communication strategy.

Project Description
With desire to expand the market share of its consumer goods to new countries, Doi Tung sought communication strategies for its marketing plan.


Project Features
Survey Doi Tung facilities in Chiang Rai, Thailand and learned about their history, supply chain and value chain management.

PROGRAM: City of Paradise Wildfire Disaster Recovery Debris Removal

DISASTER RECOVERY / DEBRIS REMOVAL

Organization Name
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Tetra Tech

Client
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), California Environmental Protection Agency (CalRecycle), & City of Paradise

Location
Paradise, California, USA

Program Title
Division Supervisor

Program Context
A wildfire destroyed 95% of the City of Paradise. We needed to remove all the hazardous materials and debris for the State and Federal agencies to allow for commercial and residential owners to rebuild or sell.

Program Objective
Remove all hazardous waste and debris from commercial and residential parcels.

Program Highlights

  • $270MM USD program
  • 3.1M tons of debris removed
  • +14,000 properties recovered
Role Features
  • Supervised and monitored quality of debris removal crews in coordination with local and federal government officials and agencies
  • Over +150 debris removal crews (+1,000 personnel)

PROGRAM: City of Paradise commercial & school districts hazardous tree removal

DISASTER RECOVERY & VEGETATION MANAGEMENT

Organization Name
Tetra Tech

Clients
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), California Environmental Protection Agency (CalRecycle)& City of Paradise

Location
Paradise, California, USA

Program Role/Title
Consulting Certified Arborist & Tree Project Manager

Program Context
Almost all of the City of Paradise's school district buildings and commercial properties were destroyed by a wildfire that burned 95% of the city. We needed to identify and map hazardous trees for removal from school district and commercial properties

Program Objective
Ensure safety of occupants and passersby of the region


Role Features

  • Identified deliverables based on stakeholders’ needs
  • Drafted project charter for mortality tree assessment project of Paradise School District properties
  • Completed tree mortality inspections and inventory
  • Mapped 100 commercial properties with aerial drones and photogrammetry software
  • Created 2D, 3D, and Green Leaf Index maps for the purpose of assessing canopy/vegetative health
  • Drafted textual, visual, data, and information reports

PROGRAM: City of Paradise Wildfire Disaster Recovery Utilities Restoration

DISASTER RECOVERY & VEGETATION MANAGEMENT

Organization Name
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Tetra Tech

Client
City of Paradise

Location
Paradise, California, USA

Program Title
Programme Office Coordinator

Program Context
After a wildfire destroyed 95% of the City of Paradise, the region was left without electricity and gas. Over 100,000 hazardous trees were left standing in the city and needed to be removed as quickly as possible for reinstallation of new utility lines and safety of roadways.

Program Objective
Remove Hazardous Trees from Utility Line Zones and Roadways

Program Highlights

  • Reduced operational costs by $10K weekly 
  • Developed a 1.4K% increase in daily communication time efficiency by having created, launched and controlled a database and information management system to include reporting and information distribution 
  • +25,000 hazardous trees removed in 60 days
  • Trained 30 department leads
Role Features
  • +2,000 employees
  • +44 contractors
  • 900 pieces of heavy machinery ($50MUSD) 
  • Quality management plan
  • Communications management plan 
  • Reports 
  • PMO briefings
  • Daily & weekly standups
  • Data and issue logs
  • QC & QA control

PROJECT: SAN YSIDRO CREEK ENHANCEMENT PROJECT

WATERSHED & HABITAT RESTORATION & STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

Organization Name
Watershed Progressive

Client
La Casa De Maria Retreat Center

Location
Santa Barbara, California, USA

Project Role/Title
Water Resource Specialist

Project Objective

  • Reduce water consumption and expenditures from offsite sources
  • Reduce water consumption from ecologically sensitive sources, such as San Ysidro Creek 
  • Decrease nutrient loading in San Ysidro watershed 
  • Decrease nutrient importing for plant production 
  • Decrease hydrograph during storm events 
  • Recharge of groundwater and base flows for landscape availability and ecological benefits
  • Increase stewardship and leadership opportunities
  • Increase independence of water resources for La Casa de Maria Retreat Center

Project Description
Improves instream flow to a critical southern steelhead habitat on Ysidro Creek through capturing stormwater to be used for landscape irrigation and increases groundwater recharge, rehydrates soils of fragile oak woodland upland habitat.


Project Features

  • Rain garden
  • Vertical inclusion infiltration basins (dry wells)
  • Overflow points
  • Native plantings 

PROJECT: RUSH CREEK COMMERCIAL GREYWATER INSTALLATION & RESTORATION

Commercial Greywater System, Erosion Control, & RESTORATION

Organization Name
Watershed Progressive

Client
Rush Creek Lodge

Location
Yosemite, California, USA

Project Role/Title
Water Resource Specialist

Project Objective

  • Stabilize eroding slopes devastated by wildfire
  • Minimize greywater treatment expenses
  • Restore natural habitat
  • Recharge groundwater table
Project Description
This land restoration project stabilized slopes from soil erosion through reforestation of planted trees irrigated by the installed greywater systems.

Project Highlights

  • 14,500,000 million litres of greywater recycled annually back into landscape
  • 80% of greywater is gravity fed requiring zero energy input
  • 95% of outdoor irrigation water comes from recycled water sources
Project Features
  • Gravity fed branched drain greywater systems for guest villas, staff housing and main hotel
  • Laundry to Landscape greywater system 
  • Low Impact Development (LID) stormwater measures 
  • Water-efficient native landscaping 

PROJECT: Regenerative Agriculture SOIL Microbiology Experiment

REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE

Organization Name
Center for Regenerative Agriculture Non-Profit Organization 501(C)(3)

Client
Steel Acres Farm

Location
Ojai, California, USA

Project Role/Title
Project Manager 

Project Objective
Increase crop yield

Project Description
Farm crop experiment to observe the effects of soil microbiology on the growth and yield of crops.

Project Highlights
Concluded that actively aerated compost tea (AACT) can have a positive influence in the growth and yield of crops. 

Project Features

  • Conducted quantitative microscopy analysis of compost teas, soils, and crop species involved 
  • Recorded yields
  • Analyzed results 
  • Trained interns
  • Cultivated soil and compost teas

PROJECT: The Permaculture Life Educational Mobile App & Website

SUSTAINABILITY & SELF-SUFFICIENCY EDUCATION

Organization Name
The Permaculture Life (my concept)

Location
Ventura, California, USA

Project Role/Title
Founder & Developer

Project Objective
Increase security and sovereignty of food, water, and shelter for underserved communities

Project Description
Developed free mobile app, plant database, blog, and social media accounts to disseminate information on how to grow food, optimize water resources, and build natural shelters.

Project Highlights

  • Acquired +40,000 followers& +1,000 downloads in first few months
  • Garnered attention of investors
Project Features
  • Mobile app
  • Plant database
  • Blog
  • Social media presence

PROGRAM: "Save Our Water, Ojai" Campaign

WATER SECURITY PROGRAM, GRANT, & OUTREACH

Organization Name
Ojai Valley Green Coalition Non-Profit Organization 501(C)(3)

Location
Ojai, California, USA

Program Title
Grant Writer, Program & Partnership Developer

Program Objective
Increase regional water security in face of severe drought

Program Role
Wrote grant request for a conservation program I developed to increase water security for the Ojai Valley by integrating the City of Ojai and multi-sector partnerships

Program Highlights

  • Successfully awarded grant from the City of Ojai to initiate water security program
  • Developed multi-sector partnerships to support program
  • Launched community outreach and education program
  • Set precedence for future adopted initiatives of water wise and climate resilient landscape projects
Role Features
  • Grant request & proposal drafted & awarded
  • Water security program planning, development, & launch

PROJECT: MARSHALL Landscape  Installation

EDIBLE & SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING

Organization Name
Permaculture Design Experts (my company)

Client
T. Marshall

Location
Newbury Park, California, USA

Project Role/Title
Project Manager

Project Objective

  • Maximize food production
  • Maximize landscape water retention
Project Description
Renovate Existing Landscape & Install New Features

Project Highlights

  • Edible forest garden established
  • Food production sufficient to supplement neighboring residents
Project Features
  • Soil composition testing & analysis
  • +12 varieties of fruiting species
  • Installed water catchment and soil regeneration basins (hugelkulturs)

PROJECT: Harris Landscape Renovation & Installation

EDIBLE & SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING

EDIBLE & SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING

Project Name 
Harris Landscape Renovation & Installation 

Organization Name
Permaculture Design Experts 
(my company)

Client Name
M. Harris

Location
Newbury Park, California, USA

Project Role/Title
Project Manager

Project Objective

  • Maximize food production
  • Maximize landscape water retention
  • Exterminate pest infestation
Project Description
Renovate Existing Landscape & Install New Features

Project Highlights

  • + 600 edible plant species 
  • + 160 different edible species 
  • Captured pest infestation and composted into rich soil 
  • Food production sufficient to supplement neighboring residents
Project Features
  • New edible garden plots installed
  • Existing hardscape modified for wildlife habitat creation & water retention

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