BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards 2023 launch
Join this webinar to find out about CIRIA's BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards 2023 and explore some of the award-winning projects from 2022 that delivered the best examples of biodiversity enhancements in construction and the wider built environment.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards established in 2013 to celebrate the contributions of the construction industry towards biodiversity. The challenge to ‘Do One Thing’ invited the sector to add at least one new biodiversity enhancement – big or small – to a building site, development, or existing structure.
Join us for the launch of this year’s Challenge as we demonstrate how the construction industry is rising to the challenge of doing one thing. Hear first-hand from some of our 2022 winners as they provide an overview of their award-winning projects.
CIRIA Biodiversity Community of Practice
The BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards are led by CIRIA Biodiversity Community of Practice (CoP) which focuses on growing support for the implementation of Biodiversity Net Gain principles within our industry. CIRIA Biodiversity CoP fosters collaboration and knowledge transfer to assist the management of biodiversity across the transport, utilities, housing and development sectors. This network of academia, private and public entities provides thought leadership and key guidance resources for the built environment. For more information and to get involved, please contact Adrien Baudrimont.
CIRIA Biodiversity Community of Practice members
- Balfour Beatty
- BAM Nuttall
- Ecology & Habitat Management (EHM)
- National Highways
- Vertical Meadow
Who should attend
- Learn about the importance of protecting and enhancing biodiversity in construction.
- Get the inside track on some of the winning projects from last year's BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards.
- Gain inspiration to enter the BIG Biodiversity Challenge and achieve industry-wide recognition.
- Learn about CIRIA Biodiversity Community of Practice, its mission and objectives, membership benefits and upcoming events.
- Earn valuable CPD.
Architects, clients, consultants, contractors, developers, house builders, local authorities, planners and master planners, regulators, ecologists, landscape architects, and anyone with an interest in the environment and biodiversity.
Tuesday 28 February 2023
11:00 – 12:45
11:00 Welcome and introduction
Biodiversity Interest Group Community of Practice
Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive, CIRIA
11:05 Introduction to the BIG Biodiversity Challenge and Awards
CIRIA Biodiversity Community of Practice Chair: Dr Martina Girvan,
Head of Ecology and Arboriculture and Natural Capital Community of
11:15 Construction Phase Award Winner 2022
Alistair Law , Founder, Vertical Meadow
11:30 Biodiversity Legacy Award Winner 2022
Josh Smith, SHES Advisor (Environmental), Civil Asset Management,
J Murphy & Sons
11:45 Community Engagement Award Winner 2022
Eddie and Ellie’s Wild Adventures educational programme
Sarah Crush, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Thakeham
12:00 Overall Winner and Innovation Award Winner 2022
Clifton Wastewater Treatment Works Integrated Constructed Wetland
Robert McTaggart, Technical Director, Stantec (Invited)
Chris Mathers, Senior Contracts Manager, BarhaleDoosan
12:15 Showcase your biodiversity achievements
Adrien Baudrimont, Research Manager, CIRIA
12:25 Interactive discussion and Q&A
12:40 Closing remarks
CIRIA members Free to attend
Non-members Free to attend
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