Putting the spotlight on sustainability this Earth Day

Apr 19, 2023

To celebrate Earth Day 2023 (22 April), EngineeringUK has today published a webinar exploring how environmental sustainability can inspire young people into engineering and technology careers.

Hosted on the Tomorrow’s Engineers website, the webinar is designed to support those designing and delivering STEM engagement activities for young people. Led by EngineeringUK’s Head of Environmental Sustainability, Mike Hardisty, it showcases why and how environmental sustainability can be used to inspire more young people to consider a career in engineering.

Mike explains, “Research shows that young people care about the environment, and many even suffer from ‘eco-anxiety’. At the same time young people often aren’t aware of the connection between climate change and engineering solutions and, as a result, may be missing out on considering a career in engineering.

“Putting environmental sustainability at the heart of STEM engagement programmes and showcasing the central role engineers have in achieving net zero, has the potential to inspire more young people to pursue a career in the sector. We encourage the engineering community to check out the resources we have developed to support them with their outreach activities and to inform young people about green careers.”  

EngineeringUK is also publishing its environmental sustainability policy and environmental commitments this week. The policy and plans detail its commitment to measuring, reporting and reducing all environmental impacts.

Mike explains details of the net zero commitment, including reducing Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions:


EngineeringUK aims to measure and evaluate the full value chain of carbon emissions, including The Big Bang Fair, an annual STEM inspiration event for young people. Molly Imrie, Senior Events Manager, explains how environmental sustainability is embedded in the planning and delivery of the event:


Watch the webinar ‘Environmental sustainability: using it to inspire young people into engineering and technology’.

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