Towards Zero Plastic in Construction - Online

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Workshop 1 | 2 December 2020, 16.30 - 18.30 | Addressing Plastic in the Construction Sector 
Workshop 2 | 9 December 2020, 16.30 - 18.30 | Reducing Plastic in the Construction Sector 
Please note workshops are booked as one course and cannot be booked separately.

The construction industry is second only to the packaging industry as the UK’s biggest producer of plastic waste, generating approximately 50,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste each year. This waste ends up in landfill, in the oceans and exported abroad to be processed by other countries.

But we really need to address this issue so that the building industry can play its part to reduce plastic waste.

The Green Register and Changing Streams are pleased to present a two-part course which will enable companies to play a key role in reducing plastic and carbon.

Expert trainers Leo Aspden, Changing Streams, and Dr Wendy Jones, University of Liverpool and Changing Streams, will present two live online workshops with a focus on interactive learning and practical solutions for positive change.

How will business, industry and individuals benefit from this two-part training course?

You will learn:
• The problems associated with the current and future forecasts of the use of plastic
• The impact that our dependence on plastic is having on the environment, our vital ecosystems, on human health and its economic cost
• Together we will identify, explore and create action plans for positive solutions to effect change

Course Structure

The course consists of two two-hour interactive workshops which will be delivered online using the Zoom platform.

Workshop 1, 2nd December 2020: Addressing Plastic in the Construction Sector
95% of construction industry professionals said that the industry needs to reduce its consumption of plastics and packaging (source: survey by the Considerate Constructors Scheme / CCS.) This workshop will look at the problems associated with the current and future forecasts of the use of plastic, and the impact that our dependence on plastic is having on the environment, our vital ecosystems, on human health and its economic cost.

Workshop 2, 9th December 2020: Reducing Plastic in the Construction Sector
This highly interactive workshop will help companies and professionals within the construction sector to reduce their dependence on plastic and to develop practical sustainable alternatives.

These training sessions will have several Q&A breaks to allow participants to ask questions of the speakers.

Why this is important

The dependence on plastic is impacting our environment – our health – our economy. Over the last 70 years, our world has become so dependent and wrapped up in plastic that its impact is damaging our environment, polluting our oceans, lands, rivers, and the air which we breathe. In spite of the claims of recycling, this still leaves unimaginable quantities of microplastics which are killing marine life in vast numbers and potentially damaging our health. Over the next 20 years our use of plastics is expected to double, and by 2050 estimates suggest that emissions from global plastic production will more than triple, to the equivalent of 615 coal plants.

About the Trainers

Leo Aspden

As an award-winning high growth business consultant and executive/leadership coach, Leo Aspden has more than 30 years experience of working with business leaders, executives, and teams in coaching, leadership development, business strategy and marketing. Leo is deeply passionate about improving the quality of how individuals and businesses achieve their goals and find their true purpose, helping to improve the quality of what they do, and how they feel about doing it. We face the greatest challenges of our time with climate change, preserving biodiversity and creating healthy living and working environments and the work of Changing Streams is central to this.

An approved high growth business coach on the Growth Accelerator programme, and former NWDA high growth coach providing tailored programmes of coaching, and leadership development to business leaders, senior executives and management teams across the north west. Working with the Business Growth Service Leo successfully delivered leadership and management coaching and training, and as NW Ambassador for SME businesses he worked with key business support and industry groups to provide training workshops for first-line management to senior board members, partnering with RBS, Lloyds TSB, New East Manchester, and Business Bolton, Business Link, Chambers of Commerce, Business Growth Hubs, the Manufacturing Institute, as well as accredited study centres.

In 2006 Leo founded the award-winning management consultancy reach-mc, specialising in business strategy, marketing expertise, executive coaching and leadership development. With significant experience of the construction sector, the built environment, building materials manufacture and supply, Leo recognises the need to achieving a better quality of sustainable construction must also address the impact that our dependence on plastic is having on life and the environment.

Dr Wendy Jones

Dr Wendy Jones is a scientist with many years experience of business development on both sides of the academic-industry interface. She has lived and worked in the NW of England for the last 40 years, mainly in clinical nutrition and life sciences but also in developing corporate partnerships for UMIST in computation and construction science. At SHS in Liverpool she was responsible for registration of the first probiotic organism approved for food use in the UK, and for development of her company’s intellectual property portfolio.

Wendy has held board positions with the Wirral Health Authority and at Blackburne House (women’s technology education centre in Liverpool) where she was deputy chair of the board, and for the last 5 years had a voluntary position as Honorary Secretary of her local sailing club on the Wirral.

As a sailor, gardener and grandmother, Wendy believes that it is extremely important to minimise damage to the environment for future generations.  Currently, she is Company Secretary of Changing Streams and contributes to the work of the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust as an Associate Manager. Recently Wendy has also been awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship at the University of Liverpool. She is keen to put my scientific and business expertise to use in support of the objectives of Changing Streams.

This event is held in partnership with:


Changing Streams is a not-for-profit organisation working with colleagues in the built environment, public sector and innovators in academic research to reduce our dependency on plastic in the built environment, both in new components and materials and in the destination of waste.

December 2nd, 2020 4:30 PM through December 9th, 2020 6:30 PM
Online Training
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Members £ 40.00
Non-Members £ 60.00

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