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Going Green Working Group Conference 2017: 'Being Green in 2017 - Proactive initiatives to deliver sustainability in your organisation'

Monday 18th September 2017 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

This event is for anyone with an interest in successful sustainability initiatives in a variety of organisations - with a focus on pro-environmental behaviour and the psychology of behaviour change. Through a range of case studies and workshops you can find out about what has worked and why.

As this event is open to anyone to attend it is an opportunity to meet and network with both psychologists and sustainability professionals.

This event is open to BPS members, DOP members, psychologists and non-psychologists, sustainability professionals, students and academics. It will offer delegates the opportunity to:

  • hear and learn from case studies of successful pro-environmental behaviour change projects in organisations

  • participate in skills and knowledge development workshops
  • Speakers

    Dr Jan Maskell
    Carbon Conversations - an overview of the group process to share ideas about carbon reduction
    In this workshop Jan will introduce the Carbon Conversations process and give an opportunity to experience some of the activities that are part of the group work. Carbon Conversations is a series of meetings where members explore the basic climate change problem, their responses to it, their ideas for a low-carbon future and the four key areas of the footprint – energy, travel, food and consumption.

    Sandra Norval
    Presentation - Towards a One Planet Railway, inspiring a large organisation Description
    Sandra Norval will tell us how she developed an award winning strategy, designed to engage and inspire 6500 employees in the UK's largest rail franchise.

    Workshop - The Four Elements Coaching Model, values led coaching for sustainable business
    In this practical workshop Sandra Norval will lead us through her coaching model which is designed to identify values and strengths, find courage and identify actions.

    Prof Stephen Sutton
    The work of the BPS Behaviour Change Advisory Group and the wider context on behaviour change

    In this session, I will describe the work of the BPS Behaviour Change Advisory Group. I will set this in the context of recent initiatives on behaviour change, and discuss several more general issues; for example: Are the same kinds of behaviour change interventions appropriate for -- and effective in – different behavioural domains (e.g. health and ‘non-health’ domains)? How can we develop more effective interventions? How can we engage with and influence policy-makers?

    Kate Simpson - Carbon Conversations for infrastructure projects

    Please note, this event is credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking. If you need an invoice, please submit your booking form and contact us. Registration fees can be found on the event booking form.

    If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


    Monday 18th September 2017

    Please note this is a draft agenda and is subject to change

    10:00Sandra Norval, Catalicity. Case Study - One Planet at Govia Thameslink
    10:45Kate Simpson - Carbon Conversations in a utility company
    11:45NUS (tbc)- Sustainability for Students
    13:15Workshop 2 - Coaching for sustainability - a process for embedding sustainability, Sandra Norval, Catalicity
    13:15Workshop 1 - Carbon Conversations - an overview of the group process to share ideas about carbon reduction, Dr Jan Maskell CPsychol
    14:30Professor Stephen Sutton - Behaviour Change Advisory Group - achievements and plans
    15:30Going Green Working Survey 2017

    Speakers and Facilitators


    Dr Jan Maskell

    Jan Maskell works with individuals and groups facilitating development and change. She is a Registered Occupational Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience of working with public, private and not-for-profit organisations with a focus on management and leadership development - following her early career in building design. She applies her knowledge and experience of positive psychology, has a passion for learning, and promotes the role of psychology in behaviour change at a personal and organisational level.
    She lives in an eco-community and promotes this as an example of sustainable living through outreach work with academics and practitioners.

    Sandra Norval

    Sandra Norval is an award winning sustainability strategist who studied elements of psychology during her time on the One Planet MBA. This knowledge has been fundamental in shaping her work from the Towards a One Planet Railway whilst working with Govia Thameslink Railway to the models developed for her business, Catalicity. The term catalicity is used by scientists to describe the propensity of a catalyst to enable change and her clients now benefit from her psychology inspired approaches to help them increase their own catalicity

    Prof Stephen Sutton

    Stephen Sutton is Professor of Behavioural Science at the University of Cambridge. He trained in social psychology at the London School of Economics and computer science at City University. He was awarded his PhD by the University of London in 1981 for research on the effects of ‘fear appeals’. He held posts at the Institute of Psychiatry and University College London before moving to the University of Cambridge in 2001. At Cambridge, he directs the Behavioural Science Group’s research programme which focuses on the development and evaluation of interventions for physical activity, smoking and medication adherence, using brief face-to-face interventions delivered by healthcare professionals and ‘digital’ interventions. He holds Visiting Professorships at the University of Bergen and University College London. He is a member of several NICE and MRC committees, chairs the British Psychological Society’s Behaviour Change Advisory Group, and sits on several national and European funding panels.

    Kate Simpson

    Kate is a Senior Sustainability Consultant for Sweco, a leading engineering, environment and design consultancy planning communities and cities of the future. A member of the Infrastructure Carbon Practitioner’s Network with extensive experience in carbon management for infrastructure projects she is heavily involved in promotion of sustainability best practice and has won awards for her work including Energy Champion in the 2015 Energy Institute Awards. Kate has experience in stakeholder engagement, partnership working and social enterprise; applying a broad range of skills from engineering to facilitation in order to devise innovative solutions to carbon management and other sustainability challenges. Client project roles include Project Manager for Carbon and Sustainability for the Anglian Water @one Alliance and Sustainability Manager for the BAM framework delivering the British Antarctic Survey's station redevelopment and refurbishment programme.


    BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

    The British Psychological Society, 30 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4UE