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Series 4: A Sustainable Built Environment

The fourth series of Webinars@SocEnv had the umbrella topic of "A Sustainable Built Environment".Three individual webinars for this series provided cross-disciplinary knowledge transfer opportunities for environmental professionals and beyond. 

We heard from Chartered Environmentalists from professional bodies, universities, major infrastructure projects and independent consultancies. Sub-topics under the umbrella theme included professionalism in arboriculture, the role of research, materials for High Speed 2 (HS2) and SuDS.

While our CEnv speakers and those linked with their work are specialists in their field, they provide the perspectives from different sectors, which makes for an interesting debate.

Missed any of the webinars in this series? You can view the recordings for free via the links below!


Part 1

Recorded 11.02.2020

Professionalism in Arboriculture – The Key to Successful Urban Trees

Trees and tree planting have never been as high up the public agenda as they are now, in large part as a result of the climate crisis and an increased awareness and acknowledgement of environmental issues.

In the 2019 UK election all of the major political parties made increasingly extravagant planting commitments and tree planting is frequently now being referenced – somewhat misleadingly – as the solution to climate change. Whilst the increased profile of trees is to be welcomed, the link between the importance of trees and the importance of tree professionals has seemingly not yet been established in the public and political mind. In the scramble to promise millions, or billions, of new trees, attention often seems to focus on woodland and forest creation. This is undoubtedly important, but at the same time we must ensure that we do not lose sight of the immense value of the urban forest – those trees in our towns and cities, closest to where people live and work. And if we, as a nation, want to enjoy the benefits of healthy urban forests then arboriculture must be acknowledged as the profession responsible for successful urban trees.

We must ensure that those professionals working in arboricultural contracting, consultancy, management, training, production, policy and research are properly recognised, supported and respected, and that their expert advice is heeded by decision makers and budget holders. In this presentation John Parker will outline some of the problems and opportunities associated with professionalism in arboriculture, and will make the case that if we really care about urban trees, then we must also care about arboriculture and arboricultural professionals.

By John Parker CEnv - Technical Director @ Arboricultural Association

Changing the Game for a Sustainable Built Environment – Innovation, Collaboration and Playing in Teams

  • Sustainability and innovation – what is the link?
  • Obstacles faced by people who want to innovate 
  • Why collaboration is essential to make innovations work
  • Conditions that optimise collaborative processes
  • Personal skills for good collaboration. 

By Lynne Ceeney CEnv - Managing Director @ Lytton Consulting Ltd


Part 2

Thursday 27th February 2020

Laying the Foundations for Healthy Homes and Buildings

An overview of the growing importance of healthy homes and buildings seeking to explain why chartered environmentalist need adopt a wider sustainable development view of professional practice. This presentation will argue that the battle for society is at the bottom housing tier with the need to raise up the many out of unfitness rather than creating dream homes for the wealthy. This section will also explain how practitioners can undertake research via a professional doctorate (DProf) balancing a career whilst being a researcher.

Andrew will be joined by two Anglia Ruskin University colleagues - Dr Maryam Imani and Professor Keith Jones - to provide further insight into their work as a research team and the role of research / Professional Doctorates (DProf) in tackling environmental issues. These two additional talks will focus on resilience-informed Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) management and the challenge of improving the resilience of the built environment to disaster events. 

By Andrew D Thompson CEnv FRICS - Senior Lecturer in Building Surveying @ Anglia Ruskin University

Part 3 - HS2 Special

Thursday 12th March 2020

Soil Management and Sustainable Construction on HS2

HS2 is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in the UK and its construction will involve the movement of a large volume of soil.  The sustainable re-use of soils is a key mitigation measure for the project and this talk will look at the role of soils in sustainable construction and the strategies applied on HS2 to enable restored soils to be used for agriculture and landscape planting. 

By Vaughan Redfern CEnv - Principal Environmental Consultant @ Atkins / HS2 Ltd

Carbon Management on HS2

This webinar talk will outline the role HS2 will play in supporting the transition to a net-zero GHG economy by 2050 and present the carbon management approach being applied to minimise the carbon footprint of the scheme.

By Mark Fenton CEnv - Climate Change Specialist (Carbon) @ HS2 Ltd


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