Advising Local Governments on Climate Adaptation Strategies
I currently work for Adaptation Services Group (ASG), based in Boulder, CO. We work in partnership with ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability. As an associate advisor, my main role is to create climate adaptation plans and risk assessments for local governments. I run climate models, analyze them, and determine apparent risks, while taking into account community values.
MENV exposed me to a breadth of environmental subject matter, so I was able to learn a little bit about a wide range of sectors including transportation, land use planning, energy, and business. This helped me to figure out exactly what I wanted to do after graduating. I think that the exposure to professionals in the field and having the opportunity to network with them was also extremely beneficial.
My favorite course was an Energy Systems and Technology Class with NREL scientists. Having the opportunity to learn from practitioners in the field and use some of my more scientific and mathematical skills from undergrad made this class really enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it to any MENV student regardless of what track you’re in.
I would definitely recommend networking and job searching the summer before you graduate. I started applying for jobs the June before graduation and it was challenging to find a position that I really wanted. I would recommend to start making connections and actively pursuing your interests and “dream job” as soon as you can. Give out your business cards, go to any career-related events, make yourself known and put yourself out there.
I’m a first generation American; my immediate family is from Jamaica. I grew up with a blend of Jamaican, Indian, and American influences and I think that this has shaped a lot of my interests and values and who I am today.