|Jessica Hawley '01|
|Client Account Coordinator and Sustainability Consultant at EBI Consulting.|
Jessica Hawley ’01 majored in Biology. Right after graduating she started working at EBI Consulting, an environmental engineering, due diligence and sustainability consulting firm. Over the last 11 years she has held many positions at EBI and currently holds a position as Client Coordinator and Sustainability Consultant. Throughout her years of experience, Jessica has gained a wealth of knowledge about the commercial real estate industry and her clients’ needs and, with this experience, she has helped EBI expand their service lines into the sustainability and energy services sector. As a Sustainability Consultant, Jessica educates her clients about greening their buildings and operations while also saving money in operating costs by implementing sustainability and energy efficiency projects.
Presently, Jessica is working on a variety of sustainability projects, including a Green Operations and Maintenance plan for a local public housing authority and a LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance™ feasibility project for a real estate investor. The feasibility report will be used as part of the investor’s due diligence process to help determine if the building they are looking to purchase can achieve ENERGY STAR or LEED EB O+M certification. Another recent project includes general sustainability consulting for a national Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that is trying to green their real estate portfolio and to develop a sustainability vision and action plan for the upcoming years.
In addition to educating clients about sustainability, Jessica also leads the internal “Green Team” at EBI, educating her co-workers about sustainability as well. Over the last year the Green Team has been working with the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, a local nonprofit, to help EBI become certified as a sustainable business leader. Jessica and her team created an action plan outlining steps that EBI would take over the coming year to make their own internal operations more sustainable.
Recently, they had their headquarters building ENERGY STAR certified. Also as part of the corporate sustainability plan, Jessica is always looking for ways to volunteer and give back to the community. Recently, they organized a company volunteer event at the Boston Local Food Festival, a Thanksgiving food drive, a Toys for Tots drive, and a Habitat for Humanity build day for EBI employees.
Though Jessica is greatly involved in sustainability as a career, she also tries to bring sustainability home with her. She always enjoys being outside and in nature. In the summer Jessica likes to garden and grows her own vegetables. Being drawn to a sustainability related career was just natural.
As an undergrad, Jessica was not directly involved in sustainability, but did take many environmental studies courses. Her research project was environmentally focused, looking at habitat degradation’s effect on and contamination in fisheries. She says the relationships she had with her professors at Ithaca opened up many opportunities that she would never have considered as a Biology major, and she had wonderful mentors to guide and encourage her. Jessica says she will always have sustainability incorporated into her lifestyle and job.
Her message to Ithaca students: “Don’t forget that [you] have the ability to change the world; [you] are our future leaders and can create the change needed. Don’t be discouraged, continue to educate others around you on sustainability & push sustainability issues to the forefront. Slowly but surely it will happen!”
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