This is a joint blog update from SocEnv’s Chair, Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv, and Dr Emma Wilcox, Chief Executive.
Welcome to the Autumn update.
In our previous updates we have reported on the hugely positive governance review SocEnv has recently enjoyed. With a new Board taking responsibility for SocEnv’s governance, we have assured our registrants and wider contacts of our sound governance (more details on these changes can be found on our website).
In September, these changes reached full fruition with the holding of the first Board Strategy Away Day – in which SocEnv’s direction and priorities for the coming twelve months were set out.
SocEnv’s key focus remains on championing environmental competence through professional registration. Over the next year, our activities will therefore focus around channelling the expertise of our Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) registrants to the maximum benefit of the environmental profession – and society as a whole.
Integral to this is maximising the role of environmental professionals in the response to the Climate and Environmental Emergency. The skills, experience and competence of environmental professionals is key if we are to successfully address the challenges in front of us – via the sharing of good practice and encouraging others to apply expert knowledge into action.
To facilitate SocEnv’s response we have established a separate Sub-Committee of the Board on “Climate” and the first meeting of our new "Advisory Council" – made up of our registrants, Honorary Fellows and Licensed Bodies – will be focused around the environmental profession’s response to the Climate and Environmental Emergency and will take place this December.
To ensure that environmental professionals can translate their competence into real impact, we are also currently surveying our registrants on their 'change agency' – exploring how much of a difference they feel they are able to make, including any barriers setting them back. In addition, we are conducting sector research into the experiences of employers – exploring how their sustainability skills requirements match up against the workforce, as well as the role of Chartership in ensuring staff competence. For more information on this research, please contact Sarah Ridgeon.
In our next update, we will be reporting back on our activity and further ways you can get involved. In the meantime, make sure to stay up to date with developments by following us on social media – you can find us on Twitter @SocEnv_HQ or as 'Society for the Environment' on LinkedIn.