Blog : Green Collar Careers: Jesse Ware

By Craig | Oct 2, 2014 | in

By Theresa Conn

Jesse Ware is the founder of Futuro, an environmentally friendly construction company. The company takes pride in building healthy, energy independent homes at affordable prices. For Ware, becoming a sustainable builder came naturally; it runs in the family. Ware credits his father for passing down his interest in green construction. “It’s something I grew up with,” according to Ware, “and something I’m excited to spread.”

Theresa Conn (TC): What do you like most about your job?

Jesse Ware (JW): I love my job! I love everything about it. I like building clean, energy-efficient spaces for people to live or work in. I also really like learning about new developments can be applied to my business; the sustainable construction field is booming right now. It’s a good place to be.

TC: Where did you go to college? Does your college education help with your current job? What skills from college most prepared you for the work you do now?

JW: I spent some time at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. I was a little lost down there; I took some Liberal Arts classes, but I wasn’t sure that was what I wanted to do. I came home after a year and spent the summer working with my father. I’m a second-generation builder. Dad was a builder, a real visionary. He was out there in the 70’s and 80’s building energy efficient homes during the energy crisis. I grew up in a household where my father was keeping up on all the new building technologies. That rubbed off on me. I ended up thriving in the construction industry, and I still love it today.

I think the most important skill you can learn in college is how to communicate effectively. In order to run a successful business, you have to be able to connect with your customers. Even if you’re not a business owner, you can be the face of your company at any given moment. Keeping lines of communication open with customers and your own employees is vital.

TC: What do you look for in an employee in this field?

JW: We want people who have solid math and science backgrounds. You don’t need to be a whiz, but it’s important to be able to wrap your head around basic principles. So much of building science is grounded in physics and mathematics. To be an asset to our company, you have to be able to keep up with new trends.

TC: What made you integrate sustainability into your business / go into a green industry?

JW: Two big reasons. One: I believe in it. I really think that sustainable building is the future of construction, both because of public interest and because of environmental need. There’s so many ways that you can design a building to work with the land it’s built on. Two: It’s something I’ve grown up with. My father was integrating sustainability in construction way before it was “cool.” It just makes sense.

TC: What are you most proud of in your business as relates to sustainability? 

JW: I’m proud that we’re able to build homes that are healthy for people to live in, energy independent, and long lasting. It’s the backbone of what we do.

Futuro is a green-certified business in the Green Alliance, check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

To connect with or learn more about Futuro Builders:
73 Court St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
603.294.4222
info@greeneggsandhammers.com
www.greeneggsandhammers.com

Theresa Conn is a senior Environmental Conservation and Sustainability major at UNH and a writer for the Green Alliance.