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Sustainability specialists are concerned with environmental impacts, and also the longevity of any sustainability schemes across the lifespan of a project until its end of life.
Average salaries are in the region of £35,000.00 to £50,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer
Sustainability Specialists are concerned with environmental impacts, and also the longevity of any sustainability schemes across the lifespan of a project until its end of life.
Sustainability specialists often work in a consultancy role, working alongside other departments to ensure best practice is utilised across every area of design and construction.
As a Sustainability Specialist, you would have a focus on safeguarding efficiency at the best value, to enhance the wellbeing of the end-users. A focus on low-carbon engineering is becoming increasingly important, and an interest in developing technologies benefits Sustainability Specialists.
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Angus A G Berry is a group sustainability graduate at Mott MacDonald.
My role involves supporting the global head of sustainability. I work to drive young professionals to embrace sustainability through the Young Professional Excellence Sustainability Network.
I like that the role allows me to cut across traditional business silos and interact with a number of stakeholders. I am working alongside group practice managers and the head of sustainability to drive a concept and business strategy that I am personally passionate about.
My working day involves interacting with people from across the company. I am in contact with managers, strategists and young graduates. I work on a number of projects at the same time – from promoting sustainable projects to working on new business initiatives.
Not coming from an engineering background, I have had to learn to communicate the benefits of working in a sustainable way in a language that everyone in the business can understand.
Before joining Mott MacDonald I was completed a Masters Degree in Environmental History at the University of St Andrews, and a BA Degree in History from the University of Sussex.
I believe that a career in sustainability allows me to pursue projects and paths concerning social and environmental justice. In 10 years’ time I hope to be able to say that I have made a difference and that I can continue to make a difference.
For those seeking to work on the sustainable side of construction I would advise that you have a strong personal commitment to delivering change. Without a strong desire to see change you could easily lose heart in your ambitions.
Most positions will require a BSc Honours Degree in surveying, engineering or construction in England; the equivalent L6 NVQ / HNC in Wales, or the Scottish equivalent. For a senior position a Masters Degree in a related subject could be needed, or chartered status with a relevant body.
However, experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications might be considered; for example, extensive experience with modelling software is particularly desirable, as is additional training in sustainability, such as an Accredited Level 5 Energy Assessor qualification.
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According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 16,240 Construction Professionals and Technical staff (which includes Sustainability Specialists), every year between 2017 - 2021. The majority of this demand will be in Scotland followed by a fairly even spread across North East, East England, Wales, Northern Ireland and West Midlands.
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