What do you do in your current role?
As an online marketing intern, I researched and wrote about innovative environmental projects all over the world. In addition to writing and sharing stories about these projects, I helped The Ground_Up Project’s finance team. Leveraging the great work that The Ground_Up Project has already done, we worked to engage impact investors, foundations, and other investors in our mission.
What’s the best part about working with The Ground_Up Project?
For me, the best part was diving into the amazing world of green enterprises. Researching all of the different projects and people working to make a difference was inspiring and encouraging. With many outlets focusing on the doom and gloom of climate change, spreading the word about people making impacts all over the world is a thrill.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by the entrepreneurs who see the challenges affecting themselves and those around them and, instead of mourning over the difficult and the overwhelming, they see possibility and action. I was often struck by the simple solutions provided by Ground_Up Project entrepreneurs. The ideas that change the world don’t always have to be groundbreaking, they just have to be acted upon.
The ideas that change the world don’t always have to be groundbreaking, they just have to be acted upon.
Why is it important to drive environmental change with small business?
Small businesses can relate to and solve the everyday challenges of their own environments. I do not believe that environmental change is not going to happen through uniform policies, it needs to be adaptable and flexible. Small businesses are a great way to do this.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned so far?
I think that the most valuable lesson I learned is that the motivations behind environmental change are diverse. Projects I researched had many different inspirations. Whether it be solving challenges facing biodiversity, public health, economics, or education, each project saw the environment through the context of their own world. When dealing with such a complex challenge, this was eye-opening and encouraging for me.
How can people get involved?
Tell us about projects near you. Read our blog and share individual projects that inspire you. Talk to those around you about the environment and how small businesses are helping to solve its challenges. One of the great things about The Ground_Up Project is that it is an unbiased, nonpartisan approach to climate change so use it as an opportunity to get the conversation started.