Before Monica Flores became an official ambassador for Arcadia, she was an unofficial ambassador, using her social media accounts to tout green energy and encourage others to sign up. “I’m really grateful to have an account with Arcadia,” she says. “I want to do whatever I can to support them.”
That’s because Arcadia fits perfectly into Monica’s goals in life: to make a measurable positive impact on the world and to use technology to strengthen communities.
All of us taking that one step, starting today, this week, this month, means we contribute to a livable future for the generations to come.
She’s been working toward those goals in different ways for years. In her work as a technical project manager for Lullabot, a design and digital agency, she supports using Drupal, a content management system, to share information and build community. She also speaks at conferences and on panels aimed at women in technology to teach them how to use open-source software to create their own stores, websites, informational blogs, and communities. “The way that people think about open-source is instead of having a giant corporation with hired staff that’s working on code, you have people who need to solve for their own problems writing the code and then bringing the code back to the community,” she says.
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In addition, Monica is a board member (and former employee) of Green America, a non-profit that works to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. It was through Green America that she first learned about Arcadia–the site published a story about Arcadia’s CEO, Kiran Bhatraju. Then, in 2019, her son worked as an intern at Arcadia and told her that she needed to switch over. She followed his advice. Now that she’s participating in the wind energy program, she can’t imagine going back. She says she loves the way Arcadia uses technology to make sustainability available to all.
“When I was learning about solar power, I thought, ‘We can’t afford to put solar panels on our roof. It doesn’t face the right direction. We can’t do it at all.’ And that’s not the case with Arcadia,” she says. “You can invest in solar funds, you can invest in clean energy. You don’t have to do it on your own. It’s about all of us working together.”
Plus, she adds, Arcadia makes it easy to take an important step toward addressing one of the biggest problems facing our society right now: climate change. “We talk about climate change, climate catastrophe, climate urgency. But this is an actual, doable, tangible, relatable activity we can do. Enough people take it seriously that they’re ready to put their money where their mouth is,” Monica says. Supporting clean energy is one easy way, she believes, that we can all make an impact.
Monica says that the ticking of the clock motivates her to take action. Life is finite, and she wants to make a positive difference any way she can. To make the biggest impact, she says, all of us have to work together. As an ambassador with Arcadia, she’s working to rally others to do just that.
“I really feel that proverb ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together,’” she says. “It’s one simple step to make the switch, and all of us taking that one step, starting today, this week, this month, means we contribute to a livable future for the generations to come.”