I’m fortunate to work with engaging and collaborative colleagues to reach common goals for protecting human health and the environment. ERG allows me to combine my passion for water with my experience in environmental science and policy to support decision-makers, both locally in New Mexico and nationwide.
Joanna Kind is a senior environmental scientist in ERG’s Santa Fe office. Since joining ERG in 2005, she has provided a wide variety of water efficiency, water quality, and ecological expertise to multiple project teams supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For example, she has supported EPA’s Effluent Guidelines Program, conducting environmental assessments that analyze the impacts on human health and wildlife from industrial discharges to surface water. Joanna also works in the field of aquatic invasive species management, assessing the risk of introducing nonindigenous aquatic species into the Great Lakes from ballast water. In the field of water efficiency, she provides technical support for outdoor water efficiency to EPA’s WaterSense program. Joanna has also provided support for EPA’s long-term stormwater planning efforts, conducted National Environmental Policy Act reviews for project applications for EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program, and supported EPA in determining detection techniques for toxins from harmful algal blooms in drinking water sources.
Joanna serves on numerous committees that develop international standards in the fields of green building and water-efficient products, for which she provides expertise in landscape water conservation. From 2009 to 2017, Joanna served on multiple technical advisory groups to the U.S. Green Building Council that were working to develop the basis for the water efficiency portion of the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design V4 Rating System. She has served and currently sits on numerous other national standard-setting committees, including committees of the International Code Council and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, for which she supports development of standards for water-efficient irrigation products.
Joanna holds a B.S. in biology from Murray State University and a dual M.P.A-M.S.E.S. degree in aquatic ecology and environmental policy and natural resource management from Indiana University. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring all that New Mexico has to offer through hiking, camping, skiing, and rafting. She coaches her daughters’ youth sports teams and strives to get kids moving while having fun.