As current students of the Msc in Carbon Management, we have been given a student membership to the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). Being a member gives you access to a lot of information and documentation, invitations to interesting events and training sessions, and professional recognition when looking for a job. That is how recently I got to take part in one of their Climate Change & Energy Position Statement Workshops.
This workshop is an opportunity to influence IEMA’s policy calls for Government and wider policy makers. It is also an opportunity to collaborate with and to learn from peers and colleagues active in this important area of practice. Climate change requires action and leadership at all levels and environment and sustainability professionals make a vital contribution within businesses, organisations and communities. IEMA is committed to support its members in leading the way on climate change and sustainability.
During this session, a mix of student and professionals got a chance to discuss which IEMA actions can be improved or changed to help its members in their projects. Being a student, this gave me the chance to interact with professionals with very different points of view on current policies and opportunity areas for policy improvements. To the rest of the students, I definitely encourage you to take advantage of this membership and engage with the events that IEMA is constantly organising. Being part of the IEMA network is an opportunity that should not be wasted.