Our Environmental Economist, Maisie Auld, tells how a love of hiking in the Californian wilderness gave rise to a career advising businesses on environmental and commercial prosperity.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir
I fell in love with the environment while hiking through the John Muir Wilderness in northern California decades ago. As a naturalist exploring the world in the early 1900s, John Muir understood much more about our natural environment than many do today.
Touch one thing and you’ll quickly learn it is attached to so much more. In this day and age, with the climate changing before our eyes and so many institutions consistently fighting against environmental outcomes, it can be hard to view the world as a glass half full. I was led to Edge Environment because, at Edge, positive social and environmental outcomes are commonplace.
I join Edge as an Environmental Economist with previous consulting and research experience across an array of sectors, including climate change, ecosystem services, international development, transport and energy. I’ll add value to the Edge team through my background in quantitative analysis, science and policy, allowing for an innovative and thorough approach when providing technical input to projects.
As a career, I chose environmental economics to help businesses understand that sustainable choices are often also the most beneficial for both society and their bottom line. Edge understands the benefit of sustainability and is driven to share this expertise with everyone they encounter.
To say the least, I am very excited to be joining the Edge Environment team, whose focus on innovation creates an inspiring atmosphere in which to cultivate ideas and take on new challenges. Sustainability is truly at the forefront of the business, which was constructed on an ideal 10 years ago and has since filled with passionate people seeking to catalyse that ideal. With expertise in supply chain management, life cycle assessment, climate change resiliency and industrial ecology (to list a few…), the Edge team is working to limit the impact our society has on “everything else in the Universe.”
I’ll leave you with one last (if a bit corny) quote from John Muir: “the power of imagination makes us infinite.”