More than ever, companies are realizing that helping the Earth can boost net worth. Dominick Brook shows them how as a manager in the climate change and sustainability services department at Ernst & Young. He shared more about making a difference here and abroad.

More than ever, companies are realizing that helping the Earth can boost net worth. Dominick Brook shows them how as a manager in the climate change and sustainability services department at Ernst & Young. He shared more about making a difference here and abroad.

I'm originally from Hertford, England. It's a small town with maybe 30,000 to 40,000 people. It's very quaint and English. The high school was founded in the 1600s.

I went to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. They offer an exchange program with various universities in the U.S. They said, "Do you want to go to Ohio University?" It sounded like an adventure.

I love to take new opportunities, so I went off to Athens for a year. It was a lot of fun. To the rest of the world, the U.S. is a great place to explore. It was a novel experience. I met my future wife there.

When I returned to the U.S., I continued studies at OU. I actually started working there doing economic development research. Then Ohio State law school came along. I applied, and they offered me a position, so I was up at OSU for three years.

At Ernst & Young, I work with clients large and small when they're implementing sustainability strategies. Whether it's renewable energy or energy efficiency, I work with them to figure out incentives to make it more affordable. I work from California to New York and internationally as well.

Ernst & Young has a commitment to environmental sustainability. In April, I went down to Costa Rica with a team of eight people and led them in an Earthwatch expedition. We went down to the rainforest in an area called Tarrazu. This year, we were actually counting honeybees in the morning. Then, in the afternoon, we used more of our business side and worked with a local coffee co-op.

The best advice I've ever received is to treat others as you would want to be treated yourself.

In my spare time, I hike a lot. I head out to the Hocking Hills. Every season, my wife and I do a 12-mile hike from Old Man's Cave to Cedar Falls to Ash Cave and then back. I still do a little mountain biking, but not as much as I used to.

Three things I can't live without are my wife, good music and good food.

Know someone doing cool things around Columbus? E-mail John Ross at jross@columbusalive.com.