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ESG in the built environment – a journey not a destination
The CESW Bath Club are delighted to invite professionals in the built environment to a webinar to discuss the topic of ESG, and how it can be improved and challenged in the industry.
We have a range of local experts, keen to discuss with you their take on ESG.
The webinar will take place on Thursday 9 November 2023 at 12pm – 2pm, via Teams.
Details for the Teams Call link will be sent out on the morning of the 9th November’
Rob Gillies, Global ESG Manager for Buro Happold, will tackle what ESG means from a client and internal perspective in the industry.
Rob is Global Environmental Social Governance Manager at Buro Happold, an international, integrated consultancy of engineers, designers and advisers for the built environment. Based in the Bath-UK office, Rob works as part of the global quality, health, safety, environment and travel team to support the continuous development of Buro Happold’s internal ESG approach. Rob has a background in sustainability and environmental consulting, policy and operations leadership with recent experience in the Automotive, Science and Innovation, Consultancy and UK and European government and public sectors. Rob is a Chartered Environmentalist and member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and in his spare time also Non-Exec Director at Wiltshire Wildlife Community Energy.
Geoff Smith, Director of Shu Architects, will discuss how Passivhaus data and metrics can be used to record and demonstrate if ESG targets are being met (or not met).
Geoff is an architect with over twenty years of experience. In 2019 he founded Shu Architects with his co-director, Claire Humphreys. An interest in low energy residential design led Geoff to become a certified Passivhaus designer in 2019 and the practice has since delivered a Passivhaus certified dwelling. Shu Architects also has experience with listed and historic buildings and is interested in low-energy and Passivhaus retrofit.
Graham Street, Managing Partner of RWK Goodman, will explain what ESG means to a leading law firm and the steps it has taken to lower its carbon footprint.
Graham has been Managing Partner of RWK Goodman since July 2010 and has overseen the firm’s transformation to a modern, dynamic and client-focused law firm, with growing regional and national profile for its specialist work for individuals and businesses. RWK Goodman employs around 550 people and has offices along the M4 corridor and in London. RWKG Goodman pride themselves on their commitment to providing outstanding client service and exceptional value for money, their commitment to developing their people as well as our their with local communities. Prior to being Managing Partner, Graham headed the Construction and Engineering team.
The expert panel will discuss their specific angle on ESG, followed by a wider discussion with attendees and questions at the end.
ESG is a topic which is not going away, and so it is vital the industry pulls together to discuss how targets can be achieved, improvement can be made, and to prevent “tick box” exercises being rolled out. ESG is a journey, not a destination.