We carefully select programs and initiatives that can successfully advance our mission while working within our resource constraints and the community landscape. Blue Planet Foundation uses a “strategy screen” of criteria to filter potential opportunities. First and foremost is impact: will the proposed initiative help us to clear the path to 100% renewable energy? We then analyze if the proposed initiative is within our core competencies and resource allocation. Finally, we select initiatives that will maximize opportunities for broader collaboration and growth.
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Hawaii is an amazing and unique set of islands. It is a microcosm of diverse cultural, biological, social, technological, and economic systems. It’s also the best place on the planet for clean energy, overflowing with nearly every renewable energy resource—yet no indigenous fossil fuel. Anchored in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaii is surrounded by thousands of miles of ocean. If you look closely at the globe with Hawaii at the center and then draw back, you will see that the Earth is truly a “blue planet.” We envision a world of abundant, renewable energy that sustains all life on Earth. The waves of this transformation are starting right here in Hawaii and can spread across the planet—the planet that Astronomer Carl Sagan refers to it as “the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
Henk Rogers is the video game designer, entrepreneur, and clean energy visionary who founded Blue Planet Foundation in 2007. One of Henk’s personal missions is to end the use of carbon-based fuel worldwide. Henk currently serves as one member of Blue Planet Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is also among the hundreds of individuals who contribute financially to support our gamechanging work. While Henk is not involved in the day-to-day operations of the Foundation, he doesn’t hesitate to offer his ideas for initiatives or activities—from outlandish to genius. Henk’s extensive network and travel also helps to spread the clean energy message globally.
No. Blue Planet Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity. We are solely focused on our nonprofit activities of advocacy, building awareness, and fostering action. We understand the confusion, however, as there are other companies or organizations that share the “Blue Planet” moniker. While our founder, Henk Rogers, is also the founder and CEO of Blue Planet Energy, a company that sells batteries for energy storage, Blue Planet Foundation has no relationship with the company. Similarly, Blue Planet Foundation is unrelated to Blue Planet Surf (a stand up paddle surf shop based in Honolulu), Planet Blue (a clothing store), and The Blue Planet (an excellent BBC nature documentary series).
No. Blue Planet Foundation is not a private foundation and does not award grants or invest in renewable energy projects. Rather, as a 501(c)(3) public charity, we are often the recipient of grants and public donations to help us achieve our mission of clearing the path for 100% clean energy. We are a neutral, technology agnostic community outreach and advocacy nonprofit working to help Hawaii transition away from fossil fuels.