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

Contacts:

Alan Chenoweth, CEnvP Board Chairman 07 33102433

CEnvP Office: Tel. 03 9001 6948

http://www.cenvp.org

STEPS training – professional writing module

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The STEPS program aims to provide a pathway to skilled and ethical practice and potential certification for early career environment professionals. See: https://www.eianz.org/careers/the-steps-program This year is the launch of the STEPS program and also the first year that EIANZ is running STEPS training.

Su will be running the first ‘professional writing’ module, in Melbourne on 17 November. Here is a link to the flyer for my training module: https://www.eianz.org/document/item/2477

Su will also run a session in Brisbane on Tuesday 10 February.

Book now to secure your place.

Papers in the Landcare Perspective

Part of Su Wild-River’s work as  Landcare Support Officer for Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council was to publish the quarterly publication “The Landcare Perspective”. Here are eight new short papers from that publication.

Wild-River (2014) “Heritage and the Land” in The Landcare Perspective. Autumn 2014. URL:  http://www.uppershoalhavenlandcare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Landcare-Perspective-Autumn-2014-compressed.pdf. p4.

Wild-River (2014) “The one stop shop is open for business wiothout green tape: what do all of these three-word slogans mean for Landcarers?” in The Landcare Perspective. Autumn 2014. URL:  http://www.uppershoalhavenlandcare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Landcare-Perspective-Autumn-2014-compressed.pdf pp6-7.

Wild-River (2014) “Extreme weather events and communities workshop, focusing on fire” in The Landcare Perspective. Autumn 2014. URL:  http://www.uppershoalhavenlandcare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Landcare-Perspective-Autumn-2014-compressed.pdf. p18.

Wild-River (2014) “An update on the carbon farming initiative” in The Landcare Perspective. Autumn 2014. URL:  http://www.uppershoalhavenlandcare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Landcare-Perspective-Autumn-2014-compressed.pdf. pp19-20.

Wild-River (2014) “A plan for managing Araluen Creek” in The Landcare Perspective. Winter 2014. URL http://www.uppershoalhavenlandcare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Landcare-Perspective-Winter-2014-print-final-compressed.pdf. p14.

Wild-River (2014) “The Bank Job Continues” in The Landcare Perspective. Winter 2014. URL http://www.uppershoalhavenlandcare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Landcare-Perspective-Winter-2014-print-final-compressed.pdf. p15.

Wild-River (2014) “Have a wine about swine” in The Landcare Perspective. Winter 2014. URL http://www.uppershoalhavenlandcare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Landcare-Perspective-Winter-2014-print-final-compressed.pdf. p17.

Wild-River (2014) “Results from the Landcare Executive Workshop and Xmas in July” in The Landcare Perspective. Winter 2014. URL http://www.uppershoalhavenlandcare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Landcare-Perspective-Winter-2014-print-final-compressed.pdf. p17.

Submission into House of Representatives Inquiry into Streamlining Environmental Regulation, and “One Stop Shops”

Here’s my submission into the House of Representatives Inquiry into Streamlining Environmental Regulation, and “One Stop Shops”. And here’s a link to all of the other submissions. http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/House/Environment/Green_Tape/Submissions

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Here I am hosting the EIANZ Canberra forum on the “One Stop Shop”. Thanks to Kushla Munro, Alan Bradbury, Robert Jessup and James Prest for being in the panel.

One Stop Shop panel

Interesting times in the environment sector.

Submission to Senate Enquiry into EPBC Act Offsets

Senate Inquiry

Despite the challenges, Australia is still a great democracy. To celebrate, I made a submission into the Australian Senate Inquiry into Environmental Offsets under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. I faced some time pressure (nothing new there), and so I wish there were fewer typos, and more points made. Nonetheless, I’m pleased to have had my say. Next up, the House of Reps Inquiry into streamlining environmental regulation, ‘green tape’, and one stop shopsdue on 30 April. What would you say to that one?

Register now for the ACT EIANZ One-Stop-Shop Q&A forum

The Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand, Australian Capital Territory Division is hosting a One-Stop-Shop Q&A forum on Wednesday 7 May from 1-5pm.

This Q&A forum will allow environmental professionals and others to ask questions to a panel of government officials and legal experts on the Australian Government’s new One-Stop-Shop for streamlining environmental approvals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The One-Stop-Shop means that state and territory governments will soon be assessing and approving projects involving nationally protected matters. If you are involved in EPBC Act approvals, or want to know how the new system will operate, this is a “Must Attend” event.

Follow this link to book your seat.