Chandler Van Voorhis


Co-Founder & Managing Partner


Conservation Plus

Chandler Van Voorhis is widely acknowledge as a leading expert in conservation and ecological markets. He has given a recent TEDx Talk, guest lectured at Princeton & Yale, and authored several publications on the emergence of natural capital, including:

  • “The Rise of Natural Capitalism and the New Frontier of Conservation Finance” in the book

      Wilderness, Wildlands and People: A Partnership for the Planet, published in 2008;

  • "Finding New Ways to Think About the Environment and Economy” in the book

      Global Climate Change:  A Senior-Level Debate at the Intersection of

      Economics, Strategy, Technology, Science, Politics and International Negotiation, published in 1998.


Prior to co-founding C2I, Chandler was co-host of GreenWave Radio, a nationally syndicated radio talk show on the environment and business. In 2002, he was awarded, along with Mr. Crane, the nation’s most distinguished private conservation award, the ChevronTexaco Conservation Award.

Chandler is former President of the Alliance for Environmental Education, an international non-profit that played a key role in getting environmental education in K-8 over the last 30 years.

Currently, he serves on the boards of the American Conservation Legacy Fund & The Center for Natural Capital, and is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

Tim Hess

C2I, Property Owner
Relations Manager

Conservation Plus

Tim’s background has been in planned community development and sales. Tim and his partners are the master developers of Wintergreen, a 10,900-acre year round recreational community with over 6,000 acres of open space located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Being an avid outdoorsman, Tim has had a keen interest in many conservation efforts and has donated and developed numerous properties for conservation use. 


Tim currently works closely with C2-Invest and is a co-manager with Chandler Van Voorhis for Conservation Plus, LLC. This group is involved in large-scale, multi-faceted, wetland, carbon, and species projects in the U.S. Tim is a co-founder of the American Conservation Legacy Fund, a nonprofit group that holds unique properties, such as, the Natural Bridge Caverns in Natural Bridge, Virginia.

Rick Gould


Rick Gould is the founder & CEO of Sand Hill Development Group, Inc. (and Sand Hill Consulting Group, Inc.). Rick spent 16 years at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets as an investment banker focusing on corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions, where he led the firm's world-wide efforts in the aerospace & defense industry, after beginning his business career in resort development and management at Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head Island, SC and Wintergreen Resort, outside of Charlottesville, VA. From 1998 to 2001, Rick ran The Center for Strategic Transactions in Palo Alto, CA at Ernst & Young, where he provided strategic consulting services for both emerging venture capital backed companies, and medium to large cap companies, as well. 


Rick has a B.A. from Colgate University, a B.S. in Hotel Management from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Gordon Smith, Ph. D.


Dr. Gordon Smith and Ecofor focus on integrating operational aspects of sustainable resource use with creating policy incentives that promote maintenance of ecosystem functions, economic growth, and social equity.  An overarching theme of his work is reducing greenhouse gas emissions by combining increased agricultural productivity and resilience with land use planning that conserves forests. His renewable energy work focuses on designing and scaling up distribution of affordable and reliable clean energy systems for households and small businesses. His extensive experience implementing a wide range of emission mitigation, forestry, and construction projects gives him an extremely practical approach to project finance. 


Dr. Smith has experience working around the world to build new markets. He was an early participant in GHG credit markets, and has extensive expertise across the entire spectrum of mitigating GHG emissions including making land uses more productive, managing land use change, modeling emission benefits, standards development for GHG accounting, project development, project and methodology validation and verification, and verifier accreditation.

Dr. Smith is a member of the editorial board of the journal Carbon Management; member of the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute advisory committee; accredited expert with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) in afforestation/deforestation, improved forest management, avoided deforestation (REDD), and agricultural land management; and; member of the AFOLU Technical Committee of the American Carbon Registry (ACR).

Formerly, Gordon was Carbon Development Director for the REDD project developer Wildlife Works. Dr. Smith is the Technical Lead for the Sustainable Lands component of the USAID Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment and Resilience (CEADIR) project. Dr. Smith is the past Chairman of Seattle Mountain Rescue, serves on the organization’s Board of Directors, and is an active operations leader.

Millken Forestry manages endangered species for private and corporate clients throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Experienced and knowledgeable, we conduct endangered species surveys, monitor, band, and offer management options and harvesting plans for protection of endangered species. MFC also prepares Habitat Conservation Plans, biological evaluations, US Fish and Wildlife Services partnerships and other cooperative agreements.

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