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Graduate praises level of sustainability debate in United States

H&V News Graduate of the Year Morwenna Wilson has been impressed with the level of debate on sustainability in the United States.

She made her comments while attending the winter meeting of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in Chicago.

Morwenna, who works for Arup, said: “It is clear that sustainability is as much of a pre-occupation for engineers in the US as it is back home.

“In fact, it came up in every session I attended.

“There is also far greater awareness of our industry among members of the public in Chicago than there is in the UK. You can discuss hvac issues with security guards and shop keepers here – they all have an opinion and are concerned about the rising cost of energy.”

Morwenna, who works for Arup, was a guest at the conference as part of her prize for winning the graduate award which is sponsored by Denco Air Conditioning and organised by the CIBSE/ASHRAE Group.

She gave a short talk to over 300 members of ASHRAE Student Chapters representing colleges from all over the US before being presented with a special commemorative plaque by CIBSE/ASHRAE Group vice chairman Ewen Rose.

Morwenna was also introduced to the Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) group and participated in a number of technical sessions.