Society for the Environment
The Society for the Environment (SocEnv) is an umbrella body that can license its member institutions to confer chartered status on sustainability and environmental professionals worldwide. It was established in response to the need to encourage the highest levels of professionalism in the field of sustainability.
The Society aspires to be the leading and co-ordinating body for professionals working in sustainability and environmental matters and a pre-eminent champion of a sustainable environment. The Society will achieve this by nurturing and harnessing the combined resources, knowledge, expertise and achievements of the professional and learned bodies which are its members.
“The Society for the Environment has a key role to play in co-ordinating and representing the views of the environmental professions on how best to meet the challenges of climate change, and of development within environmental limits” - Jonathon Porritt former chair of the Sustainable Development Commission and notable environmentalist
Each of the member institutions will retain its unique identity and remain a centre of excellence within its field. SocEnv attained Royal Chartered status on 6 May 2004 and issued the first licenses to enable the award of Chartered Environmentalist in September 2004.
Becoming a Chartered Environmentalist
To become a Chartered Environmentalist an individual must be a member of one of the Member Institutions and demonstrate (through qualifications and experience) competence, knowledge and engagement in sustainable environmental management and development.
The Constituent Bodies
The constituent and associate bodies represent over 400,000 environmental practitioners drawn from a wide range of professions, each with a track record of pre-eminence in its particular field and of particular achievements. This is a substantial and diverse group of people who in their working lives confront a full range of sustainability issues. The Society provides an independent forum for debate for all - reflecting its inclusive nature. Where there is no consensus, it will publish a range of views. The society actively promotes innovation and inspiration in tackling the environmental problems that exist across the globe.
The Current Constituent Bodies are:
- Arboricultural Association (AA)
- Association of Building Engineers (ABE)
- Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)
- Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
- Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM)
- Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)
- Energy Institute (EI)
- Institute of Agricultural Managers (IAgrM)
- Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF)
- Institution of Engineering Designers (IED)
- Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM)
- Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
- Institute of Fisheries Management (IFM)
- Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3)
- Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE)
- Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
- Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
- Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES)
- Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
- Institute of Water (IWater)
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Society of Environmental Engineers (SEE)
- Society of Operations Engineers (SOE)