Meet Connor Donovan, Melink Geo Project Engineer

Connor joined Melink in 2016 to assist in the development of the geothermal division and Manifest system. In the short amount of time he has been here, he has already made an impact in the industry and we know this is just the beginning.


What does your job entail?

Our geothermal business unit is a lean team, so I get to wear quite a few different hats depending on the day.  My primary tasks probably come down to engineering design, project commissioning and then product development for ManifestTM.

What did you do before coming to Melink?

Went to college! This was my first job out of school so before Melink I was spending a lot of time in my Nuclear Engineering classes at Georgia Tech. I also had a few internships, including one for a startup and one for an engineering firm.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Melink?

I really enjoy how everyone is connected to the same mission here. Even though we have a pretty diverse range of business units, it’s great to see that everyone here is genuinely committed to the cause of sustainability. It’s energizing and helps provide a purpose for the work we do every day.

What do you like to do in your time off?

I live downtown so I really enjoy exploring the city and checking out the newest bars and restaurants. I’m also a big local sports fans, so I’m almost always tuned in to the Reds, Bengals or FC Cincinnati.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I used to perform in musicals and was actually part of a barbershop quartet back in middle school.

What are your hopes for our industry?

I hope that geothermal and sustainable design flip the script and start becoming the standard choices of the commercial building industry. Instead of hearing people ask, “why should we include geothermal on this project?” I want to hear more people ask “why can’t we include geothermal on this project?”. When that happens, I think we will know that the sustainability movement has become fully mainstream.

Motto or personal mantra?

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% 

Greater Cincinnati businesses can lead despite Paris climate retreat

President Donald Trump recently withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. The backlash was immediate, significant and deserved.

The agreement was signed by almost 200 countries. This was a landmark achievement in a fractured world. More countries agree on the why and how of fighting climate change than how to battle terrorism.

Furthermore, the agreement was supported by many of the largest and most successful companies in the U.S., including Apple, Google, Microsoft, P&G and General Electric. Most major U.S. universities and many religious groups also urged the president not to withdraw from the agreement.

President Trump justified his decision by saying jobs would be lost. But the opposite is true. The greatest economic opportunity of the 21st century is a global shift to clean energy. The solar and wind power industries are growing by double digits and far outpacing new jobs in coal and natural gas. New batteries and electric vehicles are leveraging these industries. Tesla, for example, is now worth more than GM and Ford.

China, however, is leading the world in clean energy research, manufacturing and deployment. In fact, China’s leadership and investment are resulting in the U.S. becoming increasingly dependent on it. This means our national economy and security are at risk in the name of sovereignty, coal and politics.

More importantly, our global health and environment are at risk. Climate change is universal and irreversible. And it is largely caused by human activity, based on the research of 97 percent of climate scientists around the world. (Despite what they say, politicians, fossil fuel companies and the media do not know more about this than the scientific community.)

The logical extension of our planet warming 4-8 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century is that it will continue even faster next century. This will result in many plant and animal species becoming extinct and higher sea levels slowly flooding coastal cities.

What is our opportunity and risk mitigation strategy? Where government fails us, businesses can lead and win. Pivoting to clean energy will get us on the right side of history. This will make our corporate brands stronger so we can attract and retain the best talent. Renewables will also secure for us the lowest long-term cost of energy, because the fuel sources are free.

Therefore, Tri-State businesses should consider five simple strategies to successfully compete in the 21st century:

– Divest of fossil fuel and utility stocks and mutual funds that impede a clean energy future. Invest instead in clean energy stocks and mutual funds.

– Reduce your enterprise carbon footprint 50 percent by 2025 and 100 percent by 2035. This can be accomplished by investing in energy efficiency, as well as renewable energy, onsite and offsite.

– Purchase clean power rather than brown power from utilities.

Invest in workplace charging stations to promote electric vehicle use by your employees.

– Push similarly high standards and expectations on your supply chain.

Move over, politics. Businesses will step up and save the world. Future generations will thank us for this ultimate legacy.


As seen in the Cincinnati Business Courier.