I grew up in a small town in New Mexico—a mountain getaway known for its hiking, camping, and skiing. Some of my earliest memories are of long winter storms and deep snows. However, over time, snowstorms became less frequent and resulted in less impressive accumulation. Water became scarcer due to reduced runoff, and by the time I entered high school, forest fires were an annual threat in spring and summer months. As a result of experiencing a changing climate firsthand, I decided to pursue a career in the environmental field, vowing to leave the world a better place than I found it.
Last year, I joined Environmental Incentives to support the company’s work on the USAID Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge (SEEK) project. I was motivated to apply by Environmental Incentives’ core principles, which include improving the environment—something that I have had a passion for since those formative years in New Mexico.
In a nutshell, the purpose of the SEEK project is to enhance USAID’s development impact through improved knowledge management, communications, and training. Specifically, my role is to manage the Climatelinks website, which serves as “a global knowledge portal for climate and development practitioners.” Climatelinks is a highly successful example of a community of practice—a group of people with a shared passion and a desire to learn and improve together. Climatelinks sees a monthly average of 15,000 users from all over the world and hosts approximately 1,200 unique resources.