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CEnv Opportunity | Join the New 'Soils and Stones' Task Group

21 August 2019   (0 Comments)

An invitation to join the new ‘Soil and Stone Specialist Group’ facilitated by the Society for the Environment for registered environmental professionals. The initial aim – to produce a report to support a better understanding of good practice for professionals working with soils and stones. 

To provide context and background information, Martin Ballard CEnv – Group Environment Manager at Willmott Dixon – explains; “Soil and Stone is the lesser appreciated and most valuable environmental asset that provides the fabric and foundation for sustainable built and natural environments. Several sectors are involved in the use and movement of soil and stone for development, infrastructure and non-infrastructure investments, as well as land profiling for forestry, flood defence and agricultural management.

The treatment of soil and stone is technically challenging, with engineering standards for materials being used as basis for recycled soil and stone materials. The understanding and awareness of the quality for soil and stone is often misunderstood and mismanaged. 

It is proposed that a specialist group consisting of interested Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registrants from across professions and policy/technical representatives from interested Licensed Bodies be formed, to focus on tasks set for the group over 12-18 months, and meet in that period to

  1. share experience and practice; 
  2. review guidance and ensure consensus;
  3. identify common issues and opportunities available across engineering, contracting and agricultural sectors, for the sustainable and compliant management of soils and stone, and;
  4. produce a report on a recommended set of reference materials available for professionals working with soils and stones – with an environmental good practice focus.”

The Society is therefore inviting relevant Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registrants to be involved in the Soil and Stone Specialist Group. If interested in joining and contributing to this Group, please email phil.underwood@socenv.org.uk including a brief background of your work / interest.


Deadline for expressions of interest – Monday 9th September 2019. 


Following confirmation of those interested, the Society will look to co-ordinate a date for the first meeting, which will likely take place in the Midlands area before the end of October. 


Professional bodies licensed to award the Chartered Environmentalist registration:

Society for the Environment
EC1.1 Enterprise Centre, Puma Way 
Coventry, West Midlands CV1 2TT.
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