A TEAM OF young British engineers flew to Australia last month, with the aim of galvanising other youthful professionals and world leaders into action over sustainability in development.
Four members of the ICE's Graduates and Students National Committee - Jim Bell and Jason Harriman (Mott MacDonald), Helen Field (Maunsell), and Fiona Geddes (Environment Agency) - attended the International Young Professionals Summit on the Gold Coast.
The IYPS brings together 1835 year old professionals to develop workable solutions related to its four themes of eliminating poverty, enhancing social capital, reducing environmental destruction and embracing sustainable practices.
Its recommendations were presented to world leaders, meeting nearby in Brisbane for the 2001 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2001), from 6-9 October.
At IYPS, workshops and discussions tackled nine action areas within the four key themes, such as education, appropriate technology, population and health, transport, and housing and infrastructure.
On day one the ICE team ran a sustainability workshop focused on transport, housing and infrastructure tackling issues raised by the ICE Environment and Sustainability Board report Civil Engineering Sector Strategy (CESS). This identifies immediate actions needed to improve the sustainability performance of civil engineering.
Four groups focused on the practical steps that can be taken by business, government and institutions, the community, and the individual. Education will be stressed as a priority.
While in Brisbane the ICE team linked into the Commonwealth Young Professionals Network, a forum founded in 1997 to tackle sustainable development.