Certified Environmental Practitioner of the Year

Su and President Jon Womersley

Press release – 3 November 2014

Hobart, 30 October 2014 – The title of Environmental Practitioner of the Year 2014 has today been awarded to Su Wild-River, Director of the Canberra-based consultancy Wild-River & Associates, at the Annual Conference of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. The award was granted to Dr. Wild-River by the Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) Scheme during a gala dinner at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, Tasmania.

Alan Chenoweth, Chair of the CEnvP Board, said:

“Su has worked for over 20 years as a leading and innovative environmental practitioner. She has contributed to the environmental field as a scientist, manager and educator on a range of projects relating to water catchments and rivers, biodiversity, emissions reduction, climate change resilience, environmental strategy and risk and natural resource management. Experienced and capable practitioners of Su’s calibre deserve our appreciation of their efforts to make our planet greener,  cleaner and more sustainable, and by inspiring  others to enter  and commit to the environmental field.”

Dr. Wild-River’s academic credentials as a scientist, teacher and mentor are  illustrated by comments from her students, who have said that she has “an amazing ability to mentor, motivate and educate” and is “gifted with the ability to teach…she keeps me on track, especially at times when I am lost and overwhelmed. Her positive attitude and accomplishments give me inspiration and keep my motivation high.”

Dr. Wild-River has won many other awards for her work on promoting sustainability, including with the Australian National University Sustainability Program, which she has co-led for 14 years. She also makes science accessible to the public through her blogs that translate technical writing into plain English and is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.

The title of Environmental Practitioner of the Year is awarded annually by the CEnvP Board, to an environmental professional who has demonstrated excellence in their field and made an outstanding contribution to the environmental profession.

Dr. Wild-River received the award during the Annual Conference of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ). This year’s conference ‘Living on the Edge’ explores 21st century solutions to environmental challenges, providing an opportunity for academic and professional exchange between environmental practitioners and featuring a range of professional perspectives from environmental management and policy to tourism and communications.

The EIANZ is a not-for-profit professional association for environmental practitioners from across Australia and New Zealand. Formed in 1987, the EIANZ certifies the proficiency of environmental practitioners, promotes independent and interdisciplinary discourse on good practice environmental management, and is an advocate for ethical professional practice and sustainable environmental outcomes. This year also marks the 10 year anniversary of the CEnvP, established by EIANZ in 2004.

Note to editors: Photos available at: http://www.cenvp.org


Alan Chenoweth, CEnvP Board Chairman 07 33102433

CEnvP Office: Tel. 03 9001 6948


  2 comments for “Certified Environmental Practitioner of the Year

  1. Peter McAdam
    November 3, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Congratulations Dr WildRiver. We deserved I’m sure. You’re such a great advocate at every level and we are all proud to be your associate!

    • November 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you Peter. I am very proud to be your associate as well. It’s very pleasing and encouraging to get the award. I feel inspired and energised to continue on the sustainability leadership pathway. Cheerio.

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