Ariam believes that having trees, plants, flowers, and wildlife in the neighborhood makes people FEEL better and their presence contributes to how well they score on tests or how stressed or anxious they feel and that these elements are associated with higher levels of educational attainment and earning potential.
She and her team at Grounded Strategies research on why some neighborhoods have abundance of trees, plants, and flowers and some have more trash on streets and are unsafe and unstewarded green space and take actions to improve the conditions of the neighborhoods.

This series of sustainability career webinars is offered at a 6th grade level of vocabulary. They are intended for K-12 students, and are open to any age. These informational interviews are intended to expose students to the variety of jobs available in the field. After the adult describes a normal day at their job, what they love about their job, its challenges and what it took to get there for about 15 minutes, the dialogue becomes open to student Q & A. Chatham students are welcome to attend, but please allow K-12 students to have the priority for asking questions, and please try to also keep vocabulary at a 6th grade level to help make the workshop age inclusive.