Treading Lightly

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About me

Industry Engineering
Occupation I am a chartered civil engineer specialising in solving problems with the ground (from slope failures to foundations) and working predominantly in the rail industry.
Location York, North Yorkshire
Introduction Can an ordinary person make a difference to the biggest challenges of our times? I believe so, and this blog is the story of how I am trying to embed sustainable practices within civil engineering. I'm proud to be a civil engineer because over half of the UK's carbon emissions and other pollution arises from the infrastructure we all use rather than being under individual control. We also build for the long term: what I design today will be operating for at least the next 40 years and potentially the next 100 years - so that means that as the designer of that infrastructure, it had better be good! I have recently been elected a member of the ICE Council, where I hope to put our code of ethical practice into practice and help the industry adapt to the new century, where oil is expensive and in short supply and carbon budgets are reducing. Can we rise to the challenge? I think we can!