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An Eventful Couple of Months

Posted By Phil Underwood, 18 October 2017
Updated: 18 October 2017

An update from the Society’s Marketing Executive, Phil Underwood

CEO of Aroboricultural Association, Stewart Wardrop congratulating new CEnv Simon Cox at the Amenity Conference. 

Since the last issue of our e-newsletter, we have been getting out and about meeting new, aspiring environmental professionals, engaging with current registrants and catching up with the teams who provide the driving force in our Licensed Bodies. Here is a snippet of what we are doing, and why.

The restructuring of the Society’s team in March (including my appointment) was designed to put dedicated resource into the key areas of the organisation.  My responsibility includes building awareness of environmental professionals, especially promoting the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) registrations. 

For this blog, I wanted to draw focus to the brilliant events that I have recently attended, which include: 

  • CIEEM Summer Conference (22nd August), Southampton
  • Arboricultural Association’s annual Amenity Conference (11th – 13th September), Exeter
  • RWM (12th – 14th September), Birmingham
  • Flood Expo (27th – 28th September), London
  • IAgrE Landwards Conference (11th October), Harpenden. 

At each of these events I was given the opportunity to showcase the CEnv and REnvTech registrations in a number of ways, including a space for banners and information. Current CEnvs provided positive, off-the-cuff feedback at all of the above events, delighted to see that the Society is increasing its reach. 

Paul Cobbing CEnv speaking at Flood Expo 2017. 

Alongside a physical Society for the Environment presence at the events, I was very pleased to find that there were CEnvs providing expert talks or chairing sessions at all of them! This allowed me to not only learn from their talks, but also highlight their registration as an environmental professional to delegates. The Society is very keen to champion the work of environmental professionals, as well as utilise them as inspiration for aspiring CEnvs and REnvTechs – they are, without doubt, the best people for the job.

Professor Jane Rickson CEnv, provided an engaging talk regarding the role of soil in reducing carbon emissions at the IAgrE Landwards Conference. Following Jane’s talk, I discovered that she is the incoming President of IAgrE, which will certainly be getting another mention in the coming months! 

A total of six CEnvs gave knowledgeable talks at Flood Expo, including Alastair Moseley CEnv who attracted an audience that spilled out into the corridor. Whilst at RWM, Dr Gev Eduljee CEnv, then External Affairs Director at Suez, provided insight into waste community engagement projects as part of an expert panel. Gev’s then incoming successor to his role at Suez, Dr Adam Read CEnv, presented about innovative partnerships later in the RWM programme. 

Alongside the numerous CEnv talks, I had the pleasure of watching Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment (HonFSE), His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, address the delegates at the Arboricultural Association Amenity Conference and officially open the event. 

John Jackson CEnv chairing a panel discussion at the Arboricultural Association Amenity Conference. 

Outside of the lecture theatres I have met some inspiring individuals, including the highly experienced environmental professionals and those at the beginning of their careers planning to make a positive environmental impact. I even had the honour of hand delivering a CEnv certificate to new registrant Simon Cox CEnv at the Arboricultural Association conference – read about this here

I have been reliably informed that we are now attending far more events and engaging with many more individuals than we have done in recent years. This communication channel provides a huge amount of benefits to ourselves, our Licensed Bodies, registrants and aspiring environmental professionals. We discuss opportunities, collect feedback, showcase the benefits of professional registration, guide future applicants, build relationships and promote the role of environmental professionals. It’s also great fun. 

I look forward to seeing you at an event soon! 

Tags:  CEnv  Chartered Environmentalist  Conferences  Events  Registered Environmental Technician  REnvTech  Society for the Environment 

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Earth Overshoot Day: It's Getting Earlier!

Posted By Phil Underwood, 02 August 2017

Between the turn of the calendar year and today, Wednesday 2nd August 2017, we will have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year. Does this surprise you?

This means that humanity uses more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests and the wider natural environment can sequester.


What is Earth Overshoot Day?

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. We maintain this deficit by liquidating stocks of ecological resources and accumulating waste, primarily carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Earth Overshoot Day is hosted and calculated by Global Footprint Network, an international think tank that coordinates research, develops methodological standards and provides decision-makers with a menu of tools to help the human economy operate within Earth’s ecological limits.

The basic calculation (it has rather more complexities than it may look on first glance):

(Planet’s Biocapacity / Humanity’s Ecological Footprint) x 365 
= Earth Overshoot Day

To find out more about who the day is calculated, visit the Earth Overshoot Day website


It's Getting Earlier and Earlier

This year is the earliest Earth Overshoot Day has ever been, which we think is cause for concern, despite what some think about the accuracy of the calculations. It is a warning sign nonetheless!

The graph below illustrates the annual Earth Overshoot Day date changes since 1969. But, past Earth Overshoot Day dates keep changing - find out why.


Tell Us What You Think

We would be very interested to hear what registered environmental professionals think to the validity of this calculation, what can be done to reduce our ecological footprint, and how it is effecting their daily working lives. Email Phil Underwood with your thoughts, comment below or Tweet us @SocEnv_HQ

Tags:  Earth Overshoot Day  Environment  Footprint  Overshoot Day  Resources 

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Society for the Environment Welcomes 9,000th CEnv to the Register

Posted By Lee Revis, 19 April 2017

This month, the Society for the Environment celebrated the addition of it's 9,000th (and quite a few more) new Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) to it's register.

The Society gained its Royal Charter in 2004 and in its first year registered 66 Chartered Environmentalists and this has grown to the Society registering over 400 new Chartered Environmentalists in 2016.

To mark the occasion, we pulled some interesting and insightful facts about Chartered Environmentalists from the register, which can be found in the infographic below.

The Society is very much looking forward to welcoming the next 9,000 Chartered Environmentalists, alongside the ever growing numbers of Registered Environmental Technicians (REnvTechs). 

For information on how to become a Chartered Environmentalist, please click here

Tags:  CEnv  Chartered Environmentalist  Environmentalist  Registered Environmental Technician  Registration  REnvTech  Royal Charter  SocEnv  Society for the Environment 

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