An introduction to climate emergency
Date & Time

22 April 2021
18:00 - 19:30 GMT

Price
Free
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An introduction to climate emergency

Lecture
Date & Time

22 April 2021
18:00 - 19:30 GMT

Price
Free

Availability ONLINE ONLY

An online presentation on the climate emergency and our profession’s response to it.

Will Arnold and Margaret Cooke presents an introduction to the climate emergency, the Institution’s response to it, and the resources available to engineers who want to contribute towards the global solution.

A summary will be given of our current understanding of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss, along with a look at the possible future scenarios that are expected to play out during the rest of this century.

As structural engineers, we play a critical role in responding to the crisis, with the construction industry responsible for a significant percentage of global carbon emissions.

The talk will outline what the Institution is doing to tackle the climate crisis, outlining the resources that we have made available for the practising engineer to utilise in this changing world, including a review of the Structural Carbon Tool released in March, and provide examples of the realities of trying to match sustainable design with other project demands.

Speakers

Will Arnold, Head of Climate Action, Institution of Structural Engineers
Will previously worked as a practicing structural engineer at Arup for over ten years where he was responsible for key aspects of ambitious architectural projects across Europe, America, Asia and Africa. 

Will leads the Institution’s response to the climate emergency, bringing this action into all aspects of the Institution’s work including the publication of best-practice emergency guidance to help its members meet the needs of the changing world. He believes that as an industry, we must recognise engineering’s role in resource use and energy consumption, and the impact of our projects upon people, climate change and habitats.

In addition to his role at the Institution, Will sits on the Climate Emergency Task Group, is a judge for The Structural Awards, and is a member of the Engineering Advisory Group for The Structural Engineer journal. He has been a Chartered Member of the IStructE since 2014, and was presented with the Institution’s Young Structural Engineering Professional Award in 2017.

Margaret Cooke, Director, Integral Engineering Design
Margaret leads the conservation and re-use side of the business and is a Conservation Accredited Engineer. 

On the early stages of all the conservation projects, Margaret provides the strategic direction. She has good working relationships with heritage funders and is highly experienced in liaising with Historic England and other statutory authorities.

Margaret remains visible once the project is on track, supporting the project engineers, providing her knowledge and expertise to both the Integral team and the client. Her creative skills stem from her wide knowledge of historic construction techniques and her experience and willingness to solve problems. She believes that good design emerges from a really solid understanding of the client brief and spending time on the early stages of the project.

Margaret is the Cathedral Engineer for Wells Cathedral, a trustee for Clifton Suspension Bridge and a trustee for both Theatre Royal Bath and Bath Theatre Trust.
 

Contact

Email - [email protected]

Name - Nick Ball

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