AECOM Blog: Nine Things a Director of Sustainable Development Vows to Change

Aug 28, 2014 10:00 AM ET
Campaign: Thought Leadership
Ben Smith, AECOM’s director of sustainable development for design, planning & economics in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is committed to change during the next 12 months.


Ben Smith, AECOM's associate director and sustainability team leader for the company’s planning, design and economics operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is committed to change during the next 12 months. Whether it’s growing veggies with his children or studying the ethics of his investments, he’s determined to give it a go. So what sparked this light bulb moment? In a recent blog post, Melbourne, Australia, based Ben explains:

"A few weeks ago, I took part in the Climate Reality Project’s Leadership Training Corps in Melbourne. The project — with former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore as its founder and chairman — is a non-profit organisation aiming to educate, advocate and act on climate change through its growing network of international supporters. 

"After listening and reflecting, I was left wondering what I might be able to do to also help catalyse some action."

Learn more about how Ben plans to use this experience to commit to nine changes over the next 12 months.

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