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Julia says protecting the natural environment is key at AECOM

Julia says protecting the natural environment is key at AECOM

 October 15, 2018

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The talented women at AECOM get involved in helping solve complex environmental challenges and working to help reduce or eliminate risks in order to protect the natural environment. 

A strong advocate for sustainablity is Julia at AECOM who is always encouraging people to help save the environment.

Julia Torralbo finished her MEng in Civil Engineering in Spain and moved to Cornwall in the UK to work for AECOM as a Graduate Engineer in September 2017. Julia and a team of approximately ten people from AECOM UK's Plymouth office are co-located with one of AECOM’s clients within a Technical Services Framework.

Julia admits that this wasn’t what she was anticipating when she first applied to AECOM, however she is delighted by the experience as it has provided her with a great opportunity to meet and really get to know the client.  

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Working in the British countryside

Julia is part of the South West Traffic and Local Roads team and she has been involved in various highway and traffic design projects during the first year of her professional career with AECOM. “Working in the countryside has so much to offer,” says Julia. “The countryside offers really interesting projects in terms of infrastructure development. Plus Cornwall is such a beautiful area; I can either explore nature or relax outside every time I leave the office”.

Volunteering opportunities at AECOM

Each year AECOM provides employees in the UK and Ireland with two paid community days. Julia could not wait to get involved with some really worthwhile initiatives.

“The activities I have taken part in might sound a little bit different to what people think of volunteering, but actually they are really important for the environment” says Julia.

The first activity consisted of oyster bashing with Natural England in the Helford River to improve the habitat of various local species threatened by the invasive Pacific oyster. The second activity was beach cleaning in one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall, Whitsand Bay, helping Surfers against Sewage.

It was the second activity which impacted Julia the most since it made her realise how important it is that we take our rubbish home, no matter how small it is. “The first thing I thought when I arrived at the beach was that there wasn’t so much to clean, but when I approached the rocky areas or when the tide changed, you can’t imagine the amount of rubbish I could find!” Julia and the rest of the team did a really good team effort and filled a dozen of rubbish bins that day!

And a final thought from Julia is: “I encourage everyone to be heroes of the environment for one day”.

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