Encinitas-based Dudek, an environmental consultant, recently opened offices in Santa Cruz and Honolulu, Hawaii.

The firm has 10 offices throughout California and one in Hawaii. Founded in 1980, the firm now has 300 people in its offices and is the largest local environmental firm in San Diego. The firm plans, designs and gets environmental permits for private agencies and developers.

Ann Sansevero, formerly of AECOM/URS, is the project manager at the Santa Cruz office; Steve Hochart, formerly of CH2MHill in Hawaii, heads the Dudek Hawaii office.

While development declined in business for the firm during the recession, a spokesperson for Dudek said that a dramatic pickup in the energy sector and utilities-scale renewable energy developments, along with water, education and transportation sectors, helped with performance.

The company also expanded to Northern California a couple years ago. Their geographic and industry diversification, continued focus on California, client relationships and firm size allowed them to maintain their success and expand into other offices.

The firm is made up of environmental planners, scientists, engineers, contractors and technical staff who work for private firms and public agencies on projects.

The firm’s major projects include environmental permitting for the Carlsbad desalination plant, environmental compliance monitoring for renewable energy developments in East County and engineering and environmental permitting for the region’s recycled water facilities, according to the company’s release.