Dear SEI Community,
This is our time. Amidst the myriad challenges of the last year, hope has emerged. The new administration announced plans to “tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad, create jobs, and restore scientific integrity across the federal government.” Now it’s our job to make sure this happens.
SEI has awaited this moment for nearly 25 years. We saw some climate action begin to emerge under the Obama administration, but the strong commitment we’re hearing this time around is unprecedented. We must remain vigilant to ensure we see real results.
We’ve learned an enormous amount about implementing the kind of environmental programs Biden is planning to launch, and here’s what we know: Every community in this country is going to need a flexible, tailored approach - there’s no “one size fits all.” Programs must not only be community-centered, but designed to usher in equity, lifting people out of poverty and into high-paying green careers.
Largely thanks to the virtual connections being made during this global pandemic, communities are being redefined. Ours, for instance, has expanded by leaps and bounds. Without the limitations of a physical presence, we’ve been able to offer our education and workforce development services nationally and internationally. It’s a new frontier, and it’s exciting.
While the pandemic has hugely impacted all of us, the redefining of community, geography, and how we work is an everlasting silver lining. Incredible opportunities have emerged alongside rapid innovation, and my belief is that we’re going to emerge from this stronger and more resilient.
If you’re part of a school, college, government agency, or business that could use a partner in creating this resilient future, we’d love to connect to share the lessons we’ve learned and, together, envision what’s possible. Please get in touch.