Through our research, the Society for Sustainability and Environmental Engineering (SSEE) conference committee has discovered that engineering’s excitement and passion about sustainability extends to a commitment to understanding what is going on in the broader industry.
What is unique is the level of excitement around sustainability when we are action-oriented as well as looking outside the engineering industry to Escape the Silo!
SSEE 2011 Conference contends that only by ‘escaping silos’ of traditional frameworks is it possible to implement the sustainable outcomes that full-scale industry collaboration can deliver. ‘Escaping Silos’ offers a unique opportunity to effect change and through engagement, demonstrate leadership in the implementation of sustainability.
More than a Conference
‘Escaping Silos’ will showcase pragmatic examples of actions that have overcome change resistance and the elements that contributed to the breakthroughs.
The Queensland (Qld) SSEE conference committee recently hosted a series of workshops in in the lead up to their 2011 international conference to engage with the market. The workshops attracted over 100 key industry experts including CEO’s; Government Officials; Engineers; Planners; Architects; and Academics. The workshops identified five key themes impacting the engineering sustainability leadership potential and, further developed, could lead to a very real sustainable ‘leap forward’.
- Education as a foundation - acquiring formal and long term sustainability skills;
- Socioeconomic imperatives impacting sustainability – measuring wellness;
- Integrated solutions – practical learning in cross disciplinary teams;
- Leadership Engineering – influencing stakeholders and broader society; and
- Overcoming resistance - structuring conversation and pragmatic action around change.
The conference will adopt this general framework to take a closer look at what is influencing the way we undertake and execute projects – and through this how we shape our industrial and social communities.