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Design-Driven Solutions for People and the Environment

 

 

 

 

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Design-Driven Solutions for People and the Environment

 

 

 

 

We make lives and the environment better through science, human-centered design, and innovation.

We focus on outcomes, incentives, and sustainable finance. Our foundation is science, yet we work and collaborate outside of science to design and implement new solutions and ventures. We work across sectors to integrate behavioral science, finance, human-centered design, markets, natural science, and technology to solve problems. 

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What We Do


What we do

We seek collaborators from all sectors to implement high-impact ventures around the globe. We specialize in designing frameworks, instruments, and programs that are outcome-based, financially sustainable, entrepreneurial, and promote economic development and livelihood improvement.

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What We Do


What we do

We seek collaborators from all sectors to implement high-impact ventures around the globe. We specialize in designing frameworks, instruments, and programs that are outcome-based, financially sustainable, entrepreneurial, and promote economic development and livelihood improvement.

  • We combine science and human-centered design to create new ways of approaching environmental problem solving.

  • We fundraise and collaborate to design and pilot innovative models that deliver new value to local stakeholders and incentivize biodiversity conservation outcomes.

  • We work with foundations to evaluate programs and develop new environmental and livelihood improvement strategies.

  • We work with entrepreneurs to create new products and services that have biodiversity co-benefits.

  • We work across sectors and disciplines to integrate environmental benefits into new and emerging markets. 

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Leadership


LEADERSHIP

Josh Donlan | Founding Director

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Leadership


LEADERSHIP

Josh Donlan | Founding Director

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Josh leads ACS by building interdisciplinary teams to tackle problems in novel ways. He founded ACS in 2006. Trained as a scientist, Josh holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and an M.A. from University of California. He has worked on environmental and social issues in over a dozen countries, including the management of invasive species, environmental restoration, conservation finance, and incentive-based approaches to environmental conservation. Josh has published over 80 scientific and public articles on environmental topics, including those receiving widespread attention in the media. Josh served as the Chief Scientist for Project Isabela in Galápagos Islands, one of the world’s largest island restoration project. He also played a pivotal, early role in the NGO Island Conservation, whose mission is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. He served as a key advisor to the Chilean and Argentinean governments on the restoration of Tierra del Fuego.

Josh has been recognized internationally for his contributions and innovations. He has held fellowships with the Fulbright Commission, Guggenheim Foundation, Alcoa Foundation, and the Copeland Fellowship in Global Sustainability at Amherst College. Josh is a Technical Expert for the United Nations Environment Programme—Convention on Migratory Species Secretariat, and co-chaired the committee for recommendations for the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity from the UNESCO International Year of Biodiversity Science Policy Conference in 2010. He has been invited to talk about biodiversity conservation and nature to over 50 audiences in sixteen countries over the past five years. 

His current interests are focused on discovering where entrepreneurship, design, and human behavioral change can intersect to create and scale new ventures that improve the environment and the lives of people.

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Associates


Associates

We build custom teams for all our projects. Our associates span cultures and disciplines - from scientists to practitioners to entrepreneurs. 

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Associates


Associates

We build custom teams for all our projects. Our associates span cultures and disciplines - from scientists to practitioners to entrepreneurs. 

Alfredo @ San Francisco, USA

Alfredo @ San Francisco, USA

Damien @ San Francisco, USA

Damien @ San Francisco, USA

Drew @ Salt Lake City, USA

Drew @ Salt Lake City, USA

Chris @ Hobart, Australia

Chris @ Hobart, Australia

Cristían @ Santiago, Chile

Cristían @ Santiago, Chile

Gloria @ Córdoba, Spain

Gloria @ Córdoba, Spain

María @ Córdoba, Spain

María @ Córdoba, Spain

María José @ Lima, Perú

María José @ Lima, Perú

Mike @ Blacksburg, USA

Mike @ Blacksburg, USA

Stefan @ Santiago, Chile

Stefan @ Santiago, Chile

Tom @ San Francisco, USA

Tom @ San Francisco, USA

Viviana @ Ithaca, USA

Viviana @ Ithaca, USA

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What we are doing now


What we are doing now

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What we are doing now

  • Proactive Strategies for Protecting Species
  • A Conservation Landscape Assessment of Panama Bay, Panama
  • Designing Market Solutions with Artisanal Fishing Communities for Economic Benefits and Marine Protection
  • Human-Centered Design For Environmental Problem Solving
  • Saving the Dugong
  • Understanding Seafood Fraud
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Publications


PUBLICATIONS

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PUBLICATIONS

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You can make a contribution today on our secure site by clicking on the donate below.

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Advanced Conservation Strategies is a registered 501C3 non-profit organization in the United States. We rely on financial donations from people like you in order to design and create new, innovative biodiversity conservation programs - many of which attempt to leverage new and emerging markets in order to eventually achieve financial sustainability. Thus, your donation will help the environmental sector move away from relying solely on philanthropy.

Donations are tax-deductible (our IRS EIN is 20-4002778).

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Contact


Getting in Touch

 

We maintain offices in Utah, Virginia, and Cordoba, Spain. 

We would love to hear from you.

Drop us an email

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Contact


Getting in Touch

 

We maintain offices in Utah, Virginia, and Cordoba, Spain. 

We would love to hear from you.

Drop us an email