Danielle Kopecky & Phil Underwood
20 May 2020

Celebrating an Environmental Chartership Landmark

We are delighted that the milestone of the 10,000th environmental professional registered as a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) by the Society for the Environment has been reached this week with the registration of one of our IES members.

The 10,000th CEnv registered has been confirmed as Sarah Poulton, Principal Consultant at WSP UK. Sarah, who gained her CEnv registration via the IES, explains why the achievement means so much:

“Becoming chartered was always something I aspired to achieve during my career; when I first joined the brownfield regeneration sector straight out of university I saw it as the golden milestone you achieve to demonstrate professional competence and expertise – but the thought of getting there was actually quite daunting!

After becoming a member of the IES, I signed up to complete the CEnv in a Day workshop which was recommended to me by a number of colleagues and really helps focus your application.

Being a Chartered Environmentalist is a committed journey and one which I am excited to be part of. I believe becoming a CEnv provides opportunities to explore beyond your known professional field, and helps broaden your approach to environmental challenges, which I think is particularly important when faced with a changing world and the environmental and societal changes we’re already faced with.

It feels fantastic to be the 10,000th professional registered as a CEnv by SocEnv, and to have helped achieve this milestone! I’m really glad to be part of such an active and inspiring community who between us have such a wealth of expertise and knowledge from backgrounds all across the board, but at the core have the same commitment to environmental protection. In the short time since becoming chartered, I have already connected with a number of other Chartered Environmentalists across the industry, and we are already working on some pretty exciting things so watch this space!”

Reacting to the news, Dr Emma Wilcox, Chief Executive of the Society for the Environment, said:

“This is a landmark moment for the Society and the profession as a whole and an important milestone in our vision for a future where environmental professional registration is an industry norm.

We need registered environmental professionals – now more than ever. As we aim to move out from the global restrictions enforced as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we must do so in a way that recognises the urgent need for action in response to the Climate and Environmental Emergency. Consideration for the environment must be present in all key decisions as part of a fully sustainable recovery, and through their demonstrated expertise and commitment, registered environmental professionals have a huge part to play in making the case for and helping deliver the necessary action.”

Routes to Chartership

The IES offers two routes for members to achieve the Chartered Environmentalist registration: our self-guided route and unique CEnv in a Day workshops. These workshops offer IES members the opportunity to complete the full process in one informative and rewarding day, offering a supportive, fast and rigorous approach to achieving Chartership.

Our workshops tour the UK providing frequent opportunities for our members to take part, however currently all workshops are being delivered online to support our members during the current crisis. With just five candidates per workshop, these are designed to provide participants with tailored one-to-one support and assist them throughout the whole process. To date, we have supported over 450 candidates through this route to Chartership. Secure your place on a forthcoming workshop and complete your Chartership through this rewarding route.

We also host bespoke workshops for organisations who have several employees looking to become Chartered. If you are interested in hosting a bespoke workshop for your organisation, please get in touch with Rhianna Jarvis (rhianna@the-ies.org).

Please see our website for more details.