IamAn Environmental Scientist in Atlanta, GA. The city has announced a goal to have 100% clean energy by 2035. AMA
Hey Reddit, Atlanta has announced a goal to have 100% clean energy by 2035. I'm an environmental scientist living in Atlanta, GA. I have submitted proof to the mods as I must keep my company affiliations anonymous.
My work encompasses renewable energies, handling the growing issues of our landfills, and water quality. We live in a world that is allowing asbestos back into the trade industry and a ruler that broke ties on working to combat greenhouse emissions.
After Trump broke ties with the Paris Agreement, the city of Atlanta responded by being the biggest southern city to commit to 100% clean energy. The financial and legal complexities of this goal are astronomical. I'm here to honestly answer your questions as we hope to make this goal a reality. AMA!
Link to Atlanta's 2035 goal: https://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2017/05/atlanta-commits-100-renewable-energy-2035
*Proof submitted to mods AMA to begin 7:45 ET (8/8/2018)
Edit: Wow this blew up overnight! Excited for everyone's interest and involvement. I have meetings most of the day, but I will try to answer as many questions as I can get to. Keep them coming!
Edit 2: I've been asked a lot of questions about making it in this career field, so I'll just put a little comment in up here. My best advice to you all is to get certifications in whatever area of environmental science you are interested in working in. If it's wetlands, WPIT. If it's hazardous materials, CHMM. Also, consider getting a graduate degree. A master's degree with a certification or two will really help you stand out. It's a rewarding field to be in.
Edit 3: Alright guys, thanks for all the questions but it's time to sign off. Hopefully this AMA not only spread the word for our 2035 goal but also made an individual impact in encouraging environmental consciousness. Thanks Reddit!