This is a joint blog update from the Society's Chair, Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv, and Dr Emma Wilcox, Chief Executive.
Jerome Baddley CEnv with the 2019 Environmental Professional of the Year Award at Kew Gardens
Welcome to the Society’s Summer Update, wrapping up what has been a very busy and hugely positive two months for the Society.
June is always an exciting month for us, with the Society having acted as a leading champion of World Environment Day (5th June) in the UK for a number of years. Once again we have been heavily involved in the World Environment Day Awareness Campaign, this year focused around tackling one of the most significant environmental challenges that we face – air pollution. The campaign has been hugely successful, driving public engagement with the issue via social media and the collection of good practice case studies which can be found on our website. As part of the campaign, we also launched the air-pollution themed first podcast of our new series ‘Interviews with Environmental Professionals’, which you can listen and subscribe to here.
The Society’s World Environment Day celebrations were marked by our annual World Environment Day Awards and Lectures. Held on the eve of World Environment Day at the beautiful Kew Gardens, the event was attended by more than one hundred people and saw the presentation of a number of honours and an expert line-up of topical talks. We were delighted to crown Jerome Baddley CEnv as the recipient of our prestigious Environmental Professional of the Year award. Jerome is currently Head of Unit - the National Sustainable Development Unit for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care at the NHS and Public Health England. Amongst his many achievements, he produced the very first NHS carbon reduction plans and the UK’s first city-wide energy and carbon strategy for Nottingham, resulting in significant reductions in carbon use. A full round- up of the event and all those recognised can be found here.
At this year’s Awards and Lectures we also celebrated the Society’s fifteenth birthday and we are grateful to all those who have contributed so much to the Society over the years. We also look to the future, as this landmark marked a new beginning for the Society, with the handing over of responsibility for the Society’s governance to our new Board. The changes implemented in this governance review provide assurance that the Society is well governed. More detail on these changes can be found via our website.
Continuing to look ahead, the results of our Environmental Professionals Survey are now live and reveal a profession looking to the future with optimism. When compared to the results from the last survey in 2017, environmental professionals were more confident of their impact in delivering environmental protection and reported employers placing greater value on professional registration. The role employers play in championing professional registration has been recognised with the launch of our CEnv and REnvTech ‘Employer Champion’ recognition programmes, highlighting organisations that support their staff to excel. You can find out more about becoming an ‘Employer Champion’ here.