Jo Carris CEnv AMICE

During my university days, I became interested in sustainable development. The turning point was when I got an internship with Arup in their sustainability team. That’s when I knew I wanted a career in this profession.

Jo Carris
Jo Carris

I thought it would be a good CV and career booster to have a professional qualification. So I did my research and decided to go for chartered environmentalist through ICE – which comes with associate membership. After a lot of hard work, I qualified in 2013.

Becoming a chartered environmentalist has given me a professional status that is valued by my employer and clients.

As a senior sustainability consultant (for Useful Simple Projects) I support clients, designers, engineers and contractors to develop and implement sustainability strategies.

I’m particularly proud to have worked on sustainable solutions as part of the London 2012 Olympic Park project. We achieved so much – from massively cutting carbon emissions and increasing recycling rates to sourcing sustainable materials. Since then, I've built on this experience through the development of sustainability strategies for the Brazil 2014 World Cup and the Rio 2016 Olympic Park.

In 2013 I won the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Excellence Award for my sustainability role on several major projects. It was a great feeling for my achievements in engineering to be recognised.

I’ve also been a schools' ambassador since 2008 and have been featured in national campaigns like Talent 2030. Helping students to understand about sustainability and civil engineering is really rewarding.

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