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YPiE Spotlight: Meet Olivia Christino

Updated: Aug 11, 2023

Name: Olivia Christino

Title: Project Assistant

City/Town of Residence:

Manchester, NH

Why did you decide to work in the clean energy industry?

Sustainability has always been an interest of mine, but more in the areas of economic development. When I was presented with the opportunity to work in the renewable/clean energy industry, I saw it as a chance to expand my experience and knowledge in an area of sustainability that I hadn't given much thought to yet.

What interested you in working at your current employer?

The general direction I was headed towards coming out of college was the direction of project management and sustainability. Chapman sparked my interest because they offered experience in both of these areas, although it was not the exact type of sustainability I had in mind. I never saw myself in the construction industry, but I've really enjoyed learning about sustainability through a construction 'lens.'

Describe the work you do in more detail.

A typical day for me depends on which stage my projects are in. For instance, there are different tasks for the beginning, middle, and end stages of each project. My work generally consists of assisting a project manager as we move a project along each stage. This includes building relationships with subcontractors, developing budgets, organizing schedules, and executing logistics.

What aspect of your job excites you most? Why?

I love being able to see how my efforts make a direct impact on a job. It’s encouraging to see the value in my work and to see how it leads to the company’s success as a whole.

What makes you hopeful about the clean energy transition in New Hampshire?

It is reassuring to see New Hampshire take a step in the right direction in regards to clean energy and sustainability. I am excited to see where these efforts are headed and the impact they are going to make!

What interested you most about being part of YPiE?

I am always looking to expand my experience and opportunities in the clean energy field. YPiE seems like a perfect place to network with like-minded individuals, collaborate ideas, and to keep sustainability moving forward.

What advice would you give to someone that is new to the industry or fresh out of college?

Never underestimate the amount of ways that you can improve the renewable/clean energy industry – the different ways you can make an impact are endless!

What do you like to do when you aren't working?

When I am not working, I like to be outdoors whether it’s to go for a run, walk, hike, ski, kayak, or play volleyball. I also enjoy cooking and baking.

Fun Facts:

Coffee or Tea? And how do you take it?

I like both coffee & tea, but if I had to choose just one, I would definitely go with coffee. I like a strong dark roast with a little bit of almond milk.

Fave Musician/Band/Music genre

Favorite band would have to be NeedtoBreathe.

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