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December 2017

Posted By Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv, 13 December 2017
Updated: 13 December 2017

A Year to Remember for the Society for the Environment

2017 has been a year of new beginnings, milestones and growth for the Society for the Environment. From welcoming new members of the team to championing World Environment Day, the last 12 months have provided a host of new opportunities and a strong platform for the Society midway through its strategy to 2020. 

My December blog post seems to me to be the perfect opportunity to highlight the Society’s accomplishments in 2017. 

Quarter one saw females make up over half of new registrants – the highest percentage of female registrants in a quarter to date. We are strong advocates for equality, making this milestone cause for celebration. 

A matter of days after the above milestone, the Society registered its 9,000th Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) since its introduction in 2004. Current registrations total just shy of 7,500. 

In March the Society recruited two new team members in two newly created job roles. These were Dr Tatum Matharu as Policy and Parliamentary Lead and Phil Underwood as Marketing Executive. Since joining, Tatum has taken a lead on the Society’s work within the Environmental Policy Forum (EPF), managed and created the Society’s response to the Industrial Strategy and is now developing a strategy for policy work until 2020. Phil has been successful in developing relationships with key partners, he introduced our e-newsletters, increased the Society’s presence at partner events and has continued to increase registrant engagement levels and opportunities. They are both proving to be valuable assets for the Society. 

One of the first challenges for our new colleagues was to welcome members of the European Network of Environmental Professionals (ENEP) to a Cardiff based general assembly and side event hosted by the Society. We continue to collaborate with our international counterparts and hope to further develop international engagement in 2018. 

During the warmer months of the year, we were delighted to present the 2017 Environmental Professional of the Year award to Dr Phillippa Pearson CEnv for her outstanding work and commitment to professional environmental practice with Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and beyond. 

This month we met our target to register over 400 new CEnvs in the calendar year, which is testament to the work of the Society’s team and their hard work. As a result, the Society continues its run of year on year increases in registrant numbers since the launch of the CEnv register – something we are extremely proud of. 

Also in December, I had the privilege of presenting Professor Jim Longhurst CEnv with an Honorary Fellowship of the Society (HonFSE). An HonFSE is awarded to those who have shown exceptional contributions as a publicly recognised champion for the environment and rendered outstanding service to sustainability and/or to the Society. Well-deserved recognition for Jim!

The achievements and highlights above represent just a snippet of the positive work completed in 2017. I look forward to continuing our work to promote CEnv and REnvTech registration, engage with registrants, influence policy, safeguard our standards and provide opportunities for collaboration into 2018. 

Lastly, on a topical side note from 2017, I am very pleased to see the huge viewing figures for public facing programmes with an environmental focus such as Blue Planet II. The work that Sir David Attenborough and the team are doing can only inspire people from all walks of life to care about the environment and subsequently help to protect it. Will the series turn people towards a career in the environmental or sustainability in 2018? Only time will tell, but we hope so. 

Wishing you a happy and successful 2018. 

Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv - Chair of the Society for the Environment.

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October 2017

Posted By Professor Will Pope HonFSE CEnv, 19 October 2017
Updated: 13 December 2017

An Introduction and Views on a Bright Future Ahead

To begin my first newsletter update, I want to take the opportunity to briefly introduce myself as the newly elected Chair of the Society for the Environment – an organisation that I have been involved with from the very beginning. In fact, I had the honour of being a founding Council Member in 1999 and Chair between 2001 – 2005. During this time as Chair, the Society was successful in gaining its Royal Charter. This is therefore my second spell as Chair of the Society. 

I gained my Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registration in September 2004 through the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) following the Society’s success in gaining a Royal Charter earlier that year. The experience that made me eligible to become a CEnv comes from managing and developing environmental technology companies over many years, alongside being an active member of the IES Council and numerous other roles. 

Since the inception of the CEnv registration, I have continuously championed the registration to peers, colleagues and associates with the aim to showcase their expertise in their roles that impact the environment. A professional, Chartered registration provides credibility and a standardised benchmark of knowledge and competence. I am therefore proud to be involved in steering the organisation towards its aims outlined in the 2020 Strategy. 

Since my election as Chair at the Society’s AGM in July, I have been delighted with the positive, proactive work that is being completed and planned for by the Society’s team. The team is striding forwards with its policy work by working collaboratively with stakeholders on a number of key projects. The engagement levels with our 24 Licensed Bodies, registered environmental professionals and aspiring registrants are ever increasing, and the continued refinement of the CEnv and REnvTech standards is great to see. 

We have spent some considerable time developing the Governance Review and the task and finish group which the Society’s Council requested. We'll hear more about this at a consultation session for Council members on the 9th November, which I am looking forward to – please encourage as many of your Council members as possible to attend.

We have also: 

  • worked hard to develop and implement our strategy for engagement with fellow environmental professionals throughout Europe and indeed around the world; we expect outcomes from this work in the early part of 2018
  • developed and issued a number of communiques with colleagues regarding Brexit and related "EU Withdrawal" issues, seeking to protect and enhance the hard-won environmental gains of recent years.

We are aware of challenging times ahead, but I won’t dwell on the potential implications of Brexit, and indeed the upcoming GDPR, in this update. However, I do encourage you to sign up to the Society’s e-newsletter to keen up to date with the latest goings-on and our responses to key items. Please be aware that current and new CEnvs and REnvTechs will not automatically receive these newsletters, so please opt in here

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