29 August 2019
The Society for the Environment (SocEnv) are convening a new Soil and Stone Specialist Group for Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) registrants from relevant professional bodies. The initial aim is to produce a report providing a better understanding of good practice for professionals working with soils and stones.
Martin Ballard CEnv – Group Environment Manager at Willmott Dixon and CEnv via IEMA – explains: “Soil and Stone is a lesser appreciated, but 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 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.”
Not only is this an opportunity to contribute to a substantial and important piece of work, but the group will be a great networking forum to connect and communicate with other professionals.
SocEnv and CABE are, therefore, inviting relevant CEnv registrants to be involved in the Soil and Stone Specialist Group. If interested in joining and contributing to this Group, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 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.