“I have always believed strongly in the importance of professional qualifications in my field of ecology and environmental management. It is about much more than simply the technical capabilities of individuals; it means achieving equal status with longer established professions and thereby being better able to influence decisions in policy, planning, project management and delivery.”
David Stubbs is an internationally recognised authority on sustainability in sport and global mega-events. He is best known for having led the award-winning sustainability programme of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, widely recognised as the most sustainable Games in modern times. Through his leadership as the Head of Sustainability for the London 2012 Organising Committee, his team pioneered many key processes, methods and standards that have become sustainability best practice in the event sector – such as the now widely used event sustainability management systems standard ISO 20121:2012.
Since 2012, he has worked as an independent sustainability expert with a continued focus on sports and major events. He is the principal sustainability advisor to the International Olympic Committee, working on evaluation of candidate cities, advising organising committees and providing strategic advice to the IOC itself. He has also advised the World Economic Forum (Sustainable Forum initiative for their Annual Meeting in Davos), UEFA (Euro 2016 sustainability programme) and currently Formula 1 and the FIFA World Cup organisers in Qatar 2022.
David’s career started in conservation biology, initially through a three-year study of the population ecology of tortoises in southern France. This led onto the establishment of a major conservation programme, which continues to this day and has had a strong influence on French national conservation policies.
For several years he specialised in the environmental issues affecting the golf course industry and led the first efforts to “green” the Ryder Cup, in 1997.
He is a founder member and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), and in 2013 he received the CIEEM Medal (the institute’s highest award) and became the first CEnv of the Year.
David became a Chartered Environmentalist through membership of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
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