Working Group Sustainability

The Sustainability Working Group promotes and encourages sustainable practices and decision making in the field of geotechnical and geoenvironmental science.

Strategic Plan

  1. To advocate and promote sustainable good practice within geotechnical and geoenvironmental industry.
  2. To influence and educate the AGS Membership and its clients on sustainability benefits, interventions, risks and aspirations within the field of geotechnical and geoenvironmental science to the benefit of both its members and the UK in general.
  3. To provide and signpost best practice sustainability guidance to the AGS Membership and its clients.

AGS Sustainability WG Terms of Reference and Modus Operandi

The Sustainability WG has identified a list of references which can be viewed here.


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AGS Annual Conference 2024

The AGS Annual Conference 2024 will be taking place on Thursday 25th April at One Great George Street in Westminster, London. This…

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Assessing the Possible Sustainability Benefits of using Instruments and Monitoring on Site

Overview The AGS has asked each of its working groups to discuss sustainability issues at their meetings and the Instrumentation and Monitoring…

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COP27 and a ‘Way Forward’

Between 6-20 November 2022, the COP27 (‘27th Conference of Parties’) conference was held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. This built on discussions…

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Net Zero – The Use of Timber Piles

Introduction As the construction industry works towards a ‘Net Carbon Zero’ future, we are asked to take a hard look at current…

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Responding to the UK’s Soil Crisis – Sustainable Soil Management & the Future of Soil Reuse

“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself” President Franklin D Roosevelt, February 1937. Summary Humans have relied on soil for millennia…

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Brownfield and Biodiversity Net Gain – opportunities and risks

Biodiversity net gain (BNG) is an approach to development that aims to leave biodiversity in a measurably better state than before. BNG…

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New SoBRA Guidance on the Incorporation of Future Climate Change Effects into Controlled Waters Risk Assessments of Land Contamination

Overview In May 2021 a SoBRA sub-committee was established to develop guidance to help practitioners in the land contamination sector to account…


AGS Sustainability WG Leader Alison Nicholson Buro Happold, Ground Engineering
Andy O’Dea Cognition Land and Water Limited
Chris Swainston
Darren Makin SOCOTEC
AGS Contaminated Land WG Leader Geraint Williams ALS Laboratories (UK) Limited
Helen McMillan RSK Environment Ltd
Jai Shah Ramboll UK Ltd
Jono Wright Strata Geotechnics
Joseph Birnie Card Geotechnics Limited
Luke Deamer Keller
Marian Markham Jacobs UK Ltd
Marla Gillow Ramboll UK Ltd
Neil Parry Geotechnical Engineering Ltd
Sam Setchell Jackson Drilling
Samantha Finch Fugro Limited
Sarah Cook Leap Environmental Ltd
AGS Chair Vivien Dent Specialist member / Environment Agency
Will Fardon Chemtech Environmental