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ESC – Sustainability and the Circular Economy - webinar series - session 1

Sustainability in the ESC Industry

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DATE Thursday 23rd July, 30th July, 6th August, and 13th August
TIME 10am to 11am (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
PDH credits 1 per webinar

IECA Australasia would like to invite you to a series of webinars exploring ESC, sustainability and the circular economy. The series will begin on Thursday 23rd July and will run every week for approximately 4 weeks. We have a great line up of speakers and topics, please see details below. You will need to register for each webinar separately.

Sustainability and the Circular Economy are current buzz words in all industries. At the last 2 IECA Aust. conferences there was discussion around the use of ESC products and what happens to them on the completion of a project. If you are in the game of ESC it can be fairly safely assumed, you have the environment at heart. So, creating enormous amounts of land fill does not sit comfortably with you. This online workshop series highlights how the ESC industry is addressing this issue.

We currently have 4 sessions planned:

Session Topic Speaker Date Time
1 Sustainability in the ESC Industry Sarah Wilson, Lendlease Thursday July 23rd 10am
2 An introduction to a circular economy Shonelle Gleeson-Willey,
Moss Environmental and IECA Aust Director
Thursday July 30th 10am
3 Is Biodegradability the Future of Erosion and Sediment Control?

Brad Stuart

Terra Lana Products Ltd

Thursday August 6th 10am
4 Plant breeding and species selection for sustainability. Guilherme Barcellos, PGG Wrightson Turf – Duraveg Thursday August 13th 10am

Session 1: Sustainability in the ESC Industry

Erosion and sediment controls (ESCs) have the purpose of conserving soil and the downstream environment. Some ESCs, especially when incorrectly applied, don’t fulfil this purpose. While there might be evidence of localised benefits when the control is in use, we must also consider impact during its cycle through sourcing materials, manufacturing, transportation, installation, use and end-of-life. Do the benefits of the control outweigh any potential footprint it leaves behind?

When we consider that some ECSs don’t have a net benefit we should not dismiss the value of ESCs, but rather use it to highlight the importance of the ESC industry in providing sustainable options and educating the supply chain and end-users.

We are not at the point where we can easily calculate the net benefits of ESCs but this presentation will explore the current position on sustainability of the ESC industry. We will discuss the successes, failures, opportunities and challenges faced by the industry as we pursue sustainable outcomes.

Meet the presenter: Sarah Wilson, Environmental Manager, Lendlease Engineering.

Sarah started in the civil construction industry in 2011 as a Graduate Environmental Advisor after completing a B. Environmental Science and B. Applied Science (Hons) at the University of Canberra. Sarah has continued in the industry in environmental, sustainability and community roles. Sarah has worked in NSW, the ACT and QLD on a variety of large-scale infrastructure projects including the construction of motorways, tunnels and a dam. Each project, with its unique environment, has provided erosion control challenges such as recovering from floods, working in a tidal zone, areas with acid sulfate soils, constrained urban catchments and rugged terrain.

Sarah is currently the Environment and Community Manager on a rail upgrade project in the Blue Mountains.

In 2018 Sarah received the IECA Australasia Chapter Young Professional Scholarship which has provided her with an opportunity to attend the 2018 and 2019 conferences and gain an insight into the inner workings of IECA.


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