Mott MacDonald Water for Schools initiative wins coveted CIWEM Award

Posted: Tuesday 13th April 2010

Mott MacDonald hydrogeologist James Glover, based in Cambridge, has won the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) Young Members Award for his work educating pupils from Swavesey Village College and Willingham School, both in Cambridgeshire, in water and environmental awareness.

James conceived and developed the Water for Schools project to help pupils to understand environmental issues at an early age and encourage them to take responsibility for their actions. Pupils are engaged in a number of practical projects, such as making rain gauges from soft drinks bottles to measure rainfall, the results of which are then studied. James has made a positive impact which has led the two Cambridgeshire schools to permanently adopt Water for Schools, which is now in its third year.

James gains funding from Mott MacDonald each year to assist with the project, which is mostly undertaken in his own time. James is also taking part in Mott MacDonald’s Young Professional Excellence initiative.

As a result of the success of James’s ground-breaking project, Mott MacDonald is considering launching similar initiatives in the Netherlands and in Bangladesh as part of its overall commitment to corporate responsibility and best practice in sustainability.

Mott MacDonald environment division manager, Ian Allison says: “We are extremely proud of James and his remarkable achievement in winning this prestigious award. His dedication and vision, both in and out of work, demonstrate perfectly the culture of professional excellence that Mott MacDonald looks to encourage and nurture.”

This is the second year in a row that a young professional from the Mott MacDonald environment division has won this coveted award, which demonstrates the quality and professional standing of its staff. Elizabeth Guilford, also a Cambridge-based hydrogeologist, received the award last year for her work in the tsunami hit Indonesian province of Aceh.

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