Creating Energy Solutions for Information and Communications Technology
Nilmini Rubin, vice president for International Development at Tetra Tech, recently discussed the interdependence of internet access and affordable, reliable electricity on the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) blog. In her post, Nilmini explains the importance of both renewable and traditional energy sources and both grid-connected and off-grid energy to drive the connection of more than four billion people who do not have access to the internet.
Building an enabling framework to increase investment, transparency, and access to electricity across Africa
Ignacio Rodriguez, director for power sector and energy reforms at Tetra Tech, was part of a Tetra Tech delegation that attended the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ignacio shared insights as part of a panel discussion of the importance of the regulator as an independent entity. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.
Helping USAID organize and launch the Women’s Empowerment Fair with the support of Afghanistan’s First Lady
On April 25, 2017, Afghanistan’s First Lady Rula Ghani launched the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Women’s Empowerment Fair in Kabul, Afghanistan. This event showcased the work undertaken over the past ten years by a number of projects and organizations including the Tetra Tech-implemented USAID Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) project and the USAID Initiative to Strengthen Local Administrations (ISLA).
Providing significant, positive contributions to local communities by sparking interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Environmental Data Resources (EDR) presented Tetra Tech with the 2017 Property Risk, Insights, Strategy & Markets (PRISM) Award for Community Service at the second, annual PRISM Industry Awards in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May. EDR’s PRISM Awards honor high-level project work, leadership, recent business growth, innovation, and community service. The Community Service Award recognizes Tetra Tech’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program for demonstrating extensive service to local communities with a measureable, positive impact.
Combining our experience, tools, and expertise to solve problems confronting coastal communities in the Asia Pacific region
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For the past 20 years, Tetra Tech has been Leading with Science in coastal fisheries management in the Asia Pacific region. As vulnerable coastal populations compete with international fisheries fleets for increasingly scarce marine resources, Tetra Tech is working to empower local communities to develop and implement management plans to monitor and enforce coastal activities.
Using our technical expertise to achieve consistent top rankings from Engineering News-Record
For the 14th year in a row, Engineering News-Record (ENR) has ranked Tetra Tech #1 in Water in its “Top 500 Design Firms” issue. Tetra Tech also advanced to the #5 spot out of 500 firms in the Design Firm ranking for 2017.
Working to divert, treat, and recycle stormwater to protect the beaches of Santa Monica, California
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Tetra Tech is using advanced water quality modeling tools to help increase drought resiliency in Santa Monica.
The Santa Monica Pier and Pico-Kenter project aims to protect the coastal beaches and ocean water quality in Santa Monica, California. Stormwater and urban runoff that flows into the 106-acre pier watershed contains pollutants, such as metal and bacteria that can affect the overall quality of the ocean water, as well as lead to potential health and environmental risks in the future.
Enhancing marine biodiversity conservation and fisheries management efforts while strengthening leadership capacity
The Indonesia Sustainable Ecosystems Advanced (SEA) Project supports the Government of Indonesia to improve the management of fisheries and marine resources and to conserve biological diversity. Tetra Tech is implementing the SEA Project, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The SEA project is targeted at national, provincial, and local levels, with a focus on the provinces of West Papua, Maluku, and North Maluku that lie within Indonesia’s Fishery Management Area (FMA) 715.
Assisting governments and other decision-makers to take advantage of publicly available satellite imagery, geospatial data, and maps to inform decision making
Changing climate and strained ecological systems in West Africa intensify pressure from population growth, urbanization, and conflict over resources, all of which pose a substantial threat to economic growth and people in the region. Communities face recurring droughts, floods, food insecurity and famine, and population displacement. The effect of precipitation and long-term shifts in temperatures on hydrogeology, crop pests, and land use are more difficult to model and predict.
Combatting wildlife trafficking, increasing coastal resilience and reducing deforestation, forest degradation, and biodiversity loss
Many of West Africa’s 340 million residents are facing serious risks due to a rapidly changing climate. A series of interconnected direct and indirect drivers of resource degradation—illegal and unsustainable logging, wildlife poaching and trafficking, poverty, population growth, and weak governance—threaten the sustainability of key transboundary resources; undermine the ability of the region’s human and natural systems to respond and adapt to anthropogenic shocks and stressors; and in turn, compromise sustained and broad-based economic growth.