Careers At Perkins Eastman

Sustainability Specialist

Department: Studio 1
Location: Washington, DC

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 employee will focus on sustainability efforts including the education of staff, reporting on sustainability metrics, the development of sustainability resources, greening the firmís operations, and creating a case for sustainability for all of Perkins Eastmanís clients. The Sustainability Specialist will also support research initiatives related to sustainability, including measurements of indoor environmental quality factors.

In addition, 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.

Job Responsibilities:

  • 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 Eastmanís own operations
      • Assist with firmwide reporting of sustainability metrics
      • Organize and chair committees as needed related to specific sustainability initiatives
      • Stay up to date with current trends and industry research related to sustainability
  • Sustainability Project Work
      • Assisting 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.
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 year's experience in sustainability.†
  • 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/or performance analysis software such as Sefaira, Insight 360, and Ladybug/Honeybee for Rhino is preferred, but not required.
  • LEED accreditation or comparable sustainability credential required.

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