Managing Director of Element 4 Group Ltd & UNESCO Special Envoy for Youth & the Environment

BEng Hons Environmental Engineering

An environmental engineer and Chartered Environmentalist, Georgia started her career at Bovis in 1995 as one of the first Environment Managers in the UK construction industry. In 1997 following an expedition to Antarctica, she became a YK Special Junior Envoy for Youth & the Environment, a role that involved speaking to thoughts of young people around the world on environmental issues. 

Since establishing sustainability consultancy Element 4 in 2003, Georgia has worked with organisations such as the bank of England, Nike, LandSec, Deloitte, Accenture, Mace, and DEFRA to deliver more sustainable projects and business practices.

Georgia Elliott-Smith headshot

A critic of traditional approaches to environmental and CRS, Georgia has developed an approach she calls "disruptive sustainability" – dumping the KPIs, cutting out the bland reports, and making sustainability everyone's job. She is currently challenging the UK government in the high court over upholding the Paris Agreement and reducing national CO2 emissions.

In addition, Georgia is at the vanguard of the healthy building movement, working to achieve WELL & Fitwel on numerous schemes. She has more Fitwel certified projects than any other consultant globally and is one of only two Fitwel Champions in Europe. 

Having facilitated many hundreds of workshops, training, and CPD seminars at all levels of management and technical detail, Georgia delivers lively, highly engaging, and practical sessions that shake up what you think you know about sustainability.

Host of the Enviro Mental podcast, campaigner, and regular media contributor, Georgia frequently speaks at industry conferences and on panels on the topics of sustainable business, environmental justice, and wellbeing in property. 

Her top tip for graduate success

"Don’t just respond to job adverts – hunt down opportunities where others aren’t looking. Network like mad, research potential employers, and approach them speculatively. Attend their events, read their articles, and refer to things they have said. Make every contact informed, enthusiastic, personal, and unique. It’s a lot of work, but it will pay dividends and you will stand out as a serious prospect, even if that employer doesn’t have an immediate position available. Don’t ever send a "Dear Sir/Madam" letter, copying and pasting from other applications – it will be thrown away immediately."

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