Jo Carris Nominated for WISE Award

By Rosemary Willatt

Jo Carris promoting the sustainability profession. Photo by Richard Cannon for the Leading Lights campaign

Jo Carris promoting the sustainability profession. Photo by Richard Cannon for the Leading Lights campaign

Useful Simple Projects consultant Jo Carris has been shortlisted for the 2013 Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Excellence Award.  This award is for women in the early stages of their career, who are already showing potential to become a leader in the STEM sector.

In Jo’s 6-year career, she has made a significant contribution to some of the world’s most prestigious projects including the London 2012 Olympic Park, where her interventions took recycling rates from 30% to over 90%.  She has also built capacity for carbon footprinting and mitigation in the Brazil 2014 World Cup Host Cities, and managed the development of the Sustainability Strategy for the Rio 2016 Olympic Park.  In recognition of her role on these projects and her career achievements to date, in 2012, Building Magazine listed Jo as one of the ‘Top 50 Rising Stars of Sustainability’.

She has presented at conferences and workshops in the UK and internationally, including events run by the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, the British Embassy, the UK Green Building Council and Ecobuild.  Jo has also co-authored a chapter in a book and has had 10 research papers published as part of the London 2012 Learning Legacy Programme.

Jo has also contributed to wider industry activities.  She is the secretary for the Institution of Civil Engineers Waste Panel for London, and our company UKGBC representative. In 2013, she supervised a Masters student at Imperial College London and has started supervising an Engineering Doctorate at UCL who is researching the use of unconventional materials in the built environment.

An active STEM Ambassador since 2008, Jo is committed to inspiring the next generation to enter the sustainability and built environment field.  She has been into countless schools across London to run practical sustainability workshops, give careers advice and help run professional development workshops, and give keynote speeches at STEM events. She has also taken part in two key national STEM campaigns; Leading Lights  and DCLG’s Science and Maths campaign.

The award winners will be announced on 14 November at a dinner hosted by HRH The Princess Royal at the Science Museum. Good luck Jo!

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