Today we talk to Rikki-Lea James, a Sustainability Consultant in our Brisbane office.
A conscious change in career direction propelled Rikki-Lea into sustainability, a discipline she is passionate about, because of her desire to live, work and breath our natural environment.
Starting with WSP as a graduate in 2016, Rikki-Lea joined the business because of the diverse portfolio of work we undertake that’s focused on leaving a positive legacy for future generations.
Rikki-Lea explains, “I’m passionate about creating a better world. I think building a career in sustainability is a sure-fire way of making a difference – albeit small – yet every little bit adds up to make a big impact. I believe in the three pillars of sustainability – environmental, social and economic – and see these as essential to creating great places for communities to thrive.”
Whether it’s innovative ways to save water or energy, there are always new technologies and fresh waves of thinking that make the industry an exciting space to work in. Rikki-Lea says, “There is never a black and white solution to any project; it requires out-of-the-box thinking and that is something I really enjoy.
“For example, the application of circadian lighting or lighting designed to support people’s natural rhythms is something I would love to explore further, as it has the potential to enhance productivity as well as improve the health and wellbeing.”
Career highlights to date for Rikki-Lea include being involved in the Parklands and Queen’s Wharf projects which have both received 6 Star Green Star Communities ratings. Parklands also received a 6 Leaf EnviroDevelopment rating. She says, “These ratings validate our expertise in designing sustainable communities. More importantly, they recognise the team’s hard work, give individuals a sense of achievement as well as a reason to celebrate. Every little win adds up!”
Looking to the future, Rikki-Lea aims to enhance her day-to-day work, expand her knowledge and get the chance to work on international projects. She says, “WSP’s culture makes the idea of personal growth a really exciting process – we are future-thinking, altruistic, collaborative and team-oriented.”
These are examples of why Rikki-Lea is locally dedicated.
We employ world class talent, we are proactive leaders, we produce enduring projects born of complexity with international agility and we are always, locally dedicated. #WhyWSP