Stormwater Education Consultant, Port of Skagit County. Development/implementation of cutting-edge stormwater pollution prevention education/outreach project; 2008.
Consultant, One Cert, Inc. Extensive
consulting for organic certification agency vis a vis international and domestic
Research Fellow, Institute for Environmental Research and Education. Collaborative development of innovative community-based sustainability projects in western Washington. Focus on energy and resource policy, development of creative partnerships. 2004-2005
unique “bridge research/consulting” role in groundbreaking, four-nation,
$1.4 million study of environmental values, policy, and
globalization in the U.S., Japan, China, and India.
Improved communication among Japanese, U.S., Chinese,
and Indian researchers, and U.S. research administrators.
Performed fieldwork, co-wrote book chapter, edited/translated (Japanese-English) pioneering research
Bound, Inc. Consulting and research for Japan-based,
international sustainability consulting firm.
Developed innovative strategy for “eco-business.” Formed
international, interdisciplinary consulting teams. Performed research, published articles, translated
leading-edge environmental concepts into understandable terms.
Accepted offer to join Board of Directors.
Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA International). Extensive consulting for largest organic certification agency in North America on international certification and food policy issues. 2002
Kyoto Seika University. Developed Washington-based environmental studies curriculum for forward-thinking Japanese university. Created field courses, established network of U.S. and Japanese universities, enabled cost reductions. 2000-2002
Lake Biwa Museum of Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Collaborative research within an innovative four-nation study of "Lakes: Now and Then" in Japan, Malawi, the U.S., and France. The study was a groundbreaking effort to compare changing attitudes toward lake environments in vastly different settings. 2001-2002
U.S.-China Environmental Fund. Laid groundwork for new Natural Areas program. Developed leading-edge curricula and sustainability templates for National Environmental Protection Agency of China. 1996-98, 2000
Internship/Volunteer Services. Located internships for Japanese students wanting to study and practice sustainable agriculture and environmental work in the U.S. Assisted U.S. professional seeking volunteer opportunities in Japan, China, Thailand. 2000
Japan-U.S. Community Education and Exchange. Performed comprehensive needs assessment for nonprofit organization that facilitates exchange between Japanese and U.S. nonprofits. Report led to innovation: increased networking, addition of key board members, move to the forefront of U.S.-Japan nonprofit collaboration. 1999
Wisconsin Environmental Business (name subject to confidentiality agreement). Performed intensive market research for Wisconsin agricultural firm seeking to enter the sustainable agriculture market of Japan. 1998
New York Real Estate Firm (name subject to confidentiality agreement). Assisted New York real estate firm to resolve impasse with Japanese client, leading to multimillion dollar sale. 1998
Antioch College (Japan). Developed “Japanese Political Change” and “Japanese Nonprofit Organizations” curricula. Coordinated and served as Visiting Faculty in Japan program. 1998
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Washington, D.C. Evaluated two inventive EDF projects: a multi-state, multi-stakeholder effort to prevent pollution and reduce industrial waste, and the EDF Sustainability Kit, which helps citizen groups do effective work on sustainability issues. 1997
Biwa Research Group, Shiga, Japan.
Collaborative research with international researchers re: interest
group influence upon resource policy process.
National Wildlife Federation. Helped formulate Japan strategy for U.S. environmental nonprofit. 1989-90
Japan Environmental Exchange, Kyoto, Japan. Developed popular, original environmental field program for Japanese and non-Japanese adults; performed language/cultural interpretation and “cultural bridging”. Participants carried out field research on Japanese environmental controversies. 1988-1989
Wisconsin’s Environmental Decade Institute. Research on waste reduction, recycling, and treatment, solid waste policy, dioxin and heavy metals emissions, groundwater protection. Data helped catalyze passage of innovative Wisconsin solid waste law. 1986-1988
Meadows Organic Farm. Broad spectrum of work
for organic vegetable farm in New York
State: e.g., marketing, planning, soil building, fertilization, cultivation,
pest control. 1985
Marine Biodiversity Preservation:
Helped international nonprofit organization concerned with marine environments
and aquaculture to develop culturally-sensitive approach to advocacy in Japan.
Presented workshops on “Environment and Psychology: Fear, Empowerment, Vision” to counselors in Wisconsin.
Was asked to publish workshop content in national publication, and give
additional workshops. 1997
Atwood Clean Air
WI: Helped local citizen
organization develop strategy re: how to influence policymakers and business, and reduce
harmful air emissions. 1996-97
Violinist Jin Matsuno:
Provided Japanese-English language and cultural
interpretation for Japanese violinist during concert and friendship
tour in Estonia. 1994
Lectures in Japanese:
Gave dozens of Japanese talks on important
environmental issues and cultural perspectives, in university,
business, civic group settings. 1991-1995
Otokoyama Thomas A. Edison Society: Provided Japanese-English language and cultural interpretation to Japan’s Otokoyama Thomas A. Edison Society, the Edison Birthplace Association (Ohio), and other nonprofits engaged in intercultural exchange. 1989-1994
Background of Dr. Steven M. Hoffman
Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996. Specialization: Natural Resource Issues and Politics of Japan and the U.S..
M.S., Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988. Specialization: Improving Wisconsin’s Natural Resource Policy and Practice.
B.A., Political Science, Haverford College, 1981.
of Interest Groups Upon Environmental Policy Process in Japan,
University of Wisconsin Press (forthcoming).
in Osaka: The Inspiration of a Japanese Ecobusinessman,
with Mao Sato, (forthcoming).
Hoffman’s Planet Weekly,” weekly environmental column
for Planet Bound, Inc. Articles
included: "Comparison of Sustainable Agriculture in Japan and the U.S.”;
“Environmental Business Successes in the U.S. and Europe”;
and “Pesticide Residues in Food: A
Japan-U.S. Comparison”; Planet
“Comparing Japanese and U.S. Environmental Policy Process,” article
in Shiga Prefectural Research Report on the Lake Biwa Soap Movement, Shiga Prefecture, 1994.
Researcher’s Corner,” monthly environmental column for
Japan Environmental Exchange. Titles
included: “Public Service and Voluntarism – Comparing Japan and the
U.S.”; “Citizen Participation
in Environmental Controversies–A Japan-U.S. Comparison”;
and “What Is An ‘Environmental Solution?’”; Japan Environmental Exchange, Kyoto.
Against Municipal Waste Incineration,”
report prepared for the Wisconsin Environmental Decade Institute -- utilized