SocEnv Awards open for nominations

The Society for the Environment (SocEnv) is welcoming nominations for the 2022 edition of its annual awards.

Designed to recognise outstanding individuals who have innovated, inspired, and have gone beyond what's expected in their recent work to protect, preserve, or enhance the environment, there are two awards up for grabs – the Environmental Professional of the Year and Registrant Newcomer of the Year.

Dougal Driver CEnv, Chair of the Awards Judging Panel, said: "The SocEnv Awards are vital in showcasing all of the outstanding talent from within the environmental profession. Environmental professionals around the world work in a range of sectors and these awards reflect that diversity perfectly. Last year, a record number of nominations were received from disciplines as varied as consultancy, training, chemical and operational engineering, water supply, health and social care, resources and waste, energy and environmental management, and the built environment.

"The continued outstanding nature of nominations in the last couple of years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, is particularly impressive – demonstrating the resilience and hard work of the environmental professional community. We look forward to receiving another inspiring set of nominations this year."

Last year's Environmental Professional of the Year award winner was Dan Reading CEnv, Head of Sustainability at Right Formula. Reflecting on his achievement a year on, Dan said: "I've always viewed the Environmental Professional of the Year Award as the highest accolade for an individual in our profession, so it was a huge honour to win it in 2021.

"In terms of career benefits, you certainly gain additional profile, but I find its greatest value is that it provides additional credibility when operating with clients and industries where assurance is paramount. The award reinforces the fact that I am an experienced Chartered Environmentalist which I've also found has opened extremely valuable collaboration opportunities within the environmental sphere. I would encourage all Chartered Environmentalists to apply to showcase what they have been working on in the last year."

Lara Young CEnv, Group Climate Change Director at Costain, was the recipient of the 2021 Registrant Newcomer of the Year, and reflects on her win: "It was a huge honour to be named Registrant Newcomer of the Year in 2021. To be recognised for your expertise and dedication is an amazing feeling – and for this recognition to come from my peers was especially humbling. I am truly grateful for all the help I have received over my career so far. 

"This award came on top of what was an amazing year for me and my team at Costain, including also being named as Energy and Carbon Leader of the Year at the Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards.

"As well as recognition for my achievements so far, the award makes me excited for what's to come in my career. 

"I would encourage all those who have gained their CEnv, REnvP, or REnvTech registration in the last year to enter the 2022 Registrant Newcomer of the Year award. It's a great way of showcasing your great work as you move through your career journey, as well as providing inspiration to others in our collective efforts to tackle the Climate and Environmental Emergency."

Nominees for both awards must be registered as a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), Registered Environmental Practitioner (REnvP) or Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech). However, nominations can be submitted by anyone, including self-nominations.

Please visit to complete the nomination form – where you can also find out further details, including the full entry criteria and conditions and learn more about the previous awards winners. There are no costs to submitting a nomination.

Nominations for the SocEnv Awards have been extended and are open until 16:00 BST on 29 April 2022.

The highly commended finalists and award winners will be announced by means of a free online celebration event on Wednesday 8 June 2022. Register your free attendance to help celebrate outstanding professionals.

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