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Changing Streams has appointed a leading environmental engineer to help support its mission to reduce the use of plastic across the construction industry.
Environmental consultant, campaigner and UNESCO special envoy Georgia Elliott-Smith has joined the expanding team to help develop a new series of programmes for members to support them in their ambition to reduce their plastic consumption.
Georgia started her career at Bovis in 1995 as one of the first environment managers in the UK construction industry. She has over 25 years’ experience in the industry as an environmental engineer, chartered environmentalist and active campaigner for change.
Following a life-changing Antarctic expedition, she was awarded the honorary title of UNESCO Special Junior Envoy for Youth & the Environment, a role that has led her around the world, speaking to young people about environmental issues.
She is currently working with MPs, activist groups and NGOs to drive a more circular economy, as well as leading a legal challenge demanding the UK government upholds the Paris Agreement and effectively reduces industrial greenhouse gas emissions.
Her role at Changing Streams will include supporting the team to develop a series of new programmes which will be rolled out to members to give them the insights and practical knowledge they need to make lasting change.
Georgia has a vast amount of experience working on-site with construction businesses and suppliers. By identifying practical measures, conducting workshops, auditing existing practises, reviewing designs and implementing recommendations she has rolled out successful programmes to help contractors significantly reduce carbon emissions and waste.
Managing Director of sustainability consultancy Element Four, Georgia said: “As an active campaigner for circularity, carbon action and climate change, I am extremely dedicated to making strong, meaningful action in industry. When I met with Neal and the team at Changing Streams there was a clear synergy between the works we were doing and I am delighted to be able to play an active role in helping them deliver real change for the industry.
“I believe in going above and beyond and really pushing the boundaries of what industry should be doing. To do this, we need to support contractors and their supply chain at every level. We know every member will have different challenges to overcome, some will be developing new projects or doing major refurbishments, while others may be in the operation phase operating a portfolio of properties. My role is to help the team create a programme of activity which can be tailored for each businesses’ individual challenges, so we can help them hit the ground with some practical applications and immediate recommendations, before looking at how they can take the leap into some of our bigger academic projects.”
Established by building entrepreneur Neal Maxwell, in partnership with The University of Liverpool, Changing Streams aims to reduce the use of plastics in buildings and throughout the built environment supply chain.
Founder of Changing Streams Neal Maxwell said: “An important part of our growth plans is to engage with key figures from major organisations within the sector and Georgia coming on-board is a major milestone. She is perfectly suited to be a valuable and vital part of our team and we are very excited to start devising and implementing new programmes to existing members, which will help us in our bid to eradicate the use and abuse of plastic materials within the construction sector.”