The Society for the Environment is celebrating a strong start to 2017, having registered its 9,000th Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) on Wednesday 5th April. Plus, in the first quarter of 2017, the Society found that females made up almost 58% (57.72%) of the new registrants, which is the highest percentage of female registrants to date.
Since the Society obtained its Royal Charter in 2004 it has seen fantastic growth in the numbers of people becoming Chartered Environmentalists. The Society aims to increase the visibility of environmental professionals through a range of events and activities geared towards promoting the significance of their knowledge and work.
This continued growth has also seen a consistent increase in the percentage of new registrants being female. The percentage peaked at 57.72% within the first quarter of 2017, the first time that females have represented over half of the new registrants in a quarterly period. The Society is optimistic that this trend of a near equal gender split will continue through quarter two and beyond.
Chair of the Society, and Chartered Environmentalist number 22, Dr Peter Matthews CBE OBE said, “I was present when the Society was first conceived and I am thrilled to have returned as Chair in 2015. I am pleased to see so many people believe in the importance of environmental professionalism and recognising the associated skills. I can’t wait to welcome the next 9,000 Chartered Environmentalists, and Registered Environmental Technicians, to our register, as well as further increasing the overall percentage of female registrants.”
Head of Licensing, Registration and Standards at the Society, Geoff Atkins, said, “I am pleased that we have passed 9,000 registrations over the course of our history. We are seeing some interesting trends, including the average age of new registrants dropping year on year and an increase in the number of women becoming Chartered Environmentalists. This shows it is a robust, respected and most importantly relevant professional registration to obtain. We strive to be an inclusive organisation.”
The new registrants join existing registered environmental professionals from 68 countries and working within a wide spectrum of sectors, who all seek to apply environmental best practice to their daily work activities.
On World Environment Day (5th June), the Society will be hosting and promoting a series of events and activities to highlight the importance of environmental professionals and the critical work they do.