Moving on

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Last year I took the decision to close Greenmetrics after 11 happy years. Over the years I’ve had a great mix of long and short term contracts and advisory roles, and I’m grateful to all my clients and partners for such an interesting portfolio of work – from complex carbon footprint reporting, through airport community engagement to EMS development in banking and transport, as well as sustainability and CSR (corporate social responsibility) training for UK and European businesses, and plenty of interesting research and project evaluation.

I’ve always loved covering interim posts, and covered The Aquifer Partnership‘s project manager’s maternity leave in 2018. It’s a great project, focusing on preventing groundwater pollution in the Brighton chalk aquifer, across rural and urban projects.

I ended up staying on as partnership development manager, working with the Environment Agency, South Downs National Park Authority, Southern Water, Brighton & Hove City Council and the Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere. It’s all about collaborating to achieve more together than each individual organisation could individually, which means delivering practical projects on the ground that meet common environmental objectives, such as nitrate reduction and regenerative agriculture in farming, and sustainable drainage (SuDS projects or rainscapes) in the city.

I’m still chair of trustees for the amazing Moulsecoomb Forest Garden & Wildlife Project, which means working in the community garden every week, as well as behind the scenes on policy, training, fundraising and general coms – you name it!

So between TAP and the Forest Garden I’m pretty busy, so Greenmetrics is now formally closed, and I’m so grateful to all the lovely clients, partners, businesses and people I’ve worked with over the years. I’m lucky to be able to make a living from what I love doing.

Susie Howells

April 2021

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