Sustainability Specialist

Perkins Eastman Perkins Eastman Employer:
Washington, DC, USLocation:
Tue, Oct 29 '19Posted on:

Perkins Eastman is a global architecture and design firm guided by the belief that design can have a positive and lasting impact on people’s lives. With more than 1,000 employees in 17 locations around the world, we collaborate seamlessly across borders, barriers, and disciplines to connect people and ideas. Whether conceiving of new healthcare models, reviving a local landmark as a boutique hotel, or helping communities become more resilient, we are united in a dedication to progressive and inventive design that enhances the human experience. If everything is design, everything we do is HUMAN BY DESIGN.

The Opportunity:

Perkins Eastman is seeking an experienced sustainability professional who is passionate about design and sustainability.  This individual will be a member of the Perkins Eastman Firmwide sustainability team. The Firmwide sustainability team focuses on sustainability efforts including the education of staff, reporting on sustainability metrics, the development of sustainability resources, greening the firm’s operations, and creating a case for sustainability for all of Perkins Eastman’s clients. The team also supports research initiatives related to sustainability, including measurements of indoor environmental quality factors.

In addition to providing support on firmwide sustainability initiatives, the sustainability specialist will assist with sustainable projects across the firm. Projects vary from small interior fit-outs to large master planning exercises and tasks include sustainable strategy identification and goal setting, third party certification documentation (LEED, WELL, etc), climate analysis, and project performance analysis.                                

Qualities and Skills:

  • Sustainability Firmwide Work
      • Develop and present educational materials around a wide range of sustainability topics
      • Serve as a resource for the firm as a subject matter expert around a variety of sustainability topics
      • Work to improve the sustainability of Perkins Eastman’s own operations
      • Assist with firmwide reporting of sustainability metrics
      • Participate in sub-committees as needed related to specific sustainability initiatives
      • Stay up to date with current trends and industry research related to sustainability
  • Sustainability Project Work
      • Assist with sustainability focused project work including third party certification documentation and performance analysis for projects of a variety of types and sizes
      • Advance high performance design strategies and systems integration in support of sustainable design certifications.
      • Produce effective visualizations and illustrations of projects for presentation to clients, public authorities, and partners.
      • Assist with marketing pursuits and participate in client interviews
  • General
      • Up to 25% travel to both domestic and international offices anticipated


  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Sustainability, Architecture, interior design, Urban Planning, or a related field. At least one built-environment specific degree is required.
  • Minimum of 1 to 3 years of experience in the sustainability field recommended.
  • Passion for sustainability and green building.
  • Extensive knowledge of sustainable design strategies, material selection, and technologies required
  • Concentration on sustainability during undergrad or graduate program highly recommended.
  • Ability to work independently and on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent graphic presentation skills, and the ability to present in front of large groups.
  • Experience with Revit and Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, or common digital rendering and predictive analytics programs is preferred.
  • Intellectual curiosity, eagerness to engage with others, and willingness to contribute to a healthy, vital workplace culture.
  • Experience with the LEED rating system, and managing a LEED project is preferred.
  • Experience with performance analysis software such as Sefaira, Insight 360, and Ladybug/Honeybee for Rhino is preferred.

How to Apply:

If you would like to join a dynamic, energized, innovative and collaborative environment, where your ideas will be heard and your skills challenged, please visit our career page and apply with your cover letter, resume and/or portfolio (Adobe PDF preferred). No phone calls please.

Link: Human By Design

Perkins Eastman is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and a participant in the U.S. Federal E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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