5 June 2019
We are delighted to welcome six diverse new organisations to our membership this spring: The Landmark Trust, Historic Churches Scotland, Virgin Trains' Green Champions, Royal Yachting Association, Mission to Seafarers and Bradford Trident.
The Landmark Trust is a charity that rescues important buildings that would otherwise be lost, from castles and cottages to medieval long-houses and lighthouses. They look after over 200 buildings across Britain, Italy, France and Belgium- historic places that were in danger but have been sensitively restored and made available for holidays.
The sustainability challenge is linking up diverse buildings in diverse locations, which are managed by a broad team in order to achieve energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The Trust is in the process of looking at their green initiatives and putting a coherent plan in place, which is where Fit for the Future comes in. They are also starting to think about an EMS as a way of coordinating what they are aiming to do.
The Trust is particularly looking to:
HCS is a charity that saves historic churches at risk. They work with communities to secure the future of their churches through expert conservation and creative regeneration. The charity currently have 7 churches in their care, chosen for their historical significance. The age of the buildings make it tricky to care for them a sustainable way, which is where Fit for the Future come in. We will be linking HCS up with similar organisation in the network to provide practical solutions and advice.
The Virgin Trains Green Champions are Virgin Trains employees who have volunteered to take on the additional Green Champion role. The Champions work with local teams to find new and innovative ways to improve impact on the environment in the endeavour to ensure Virgin Trains is a sustainable business.
Initial sustainable actions will focus on low cost behavioural measures such as waste reduction & recycling/reuse, energy management and sustainable procurement. The team are taking steps to:
The RYA aim to become a lead voice for sustainability in the boating sector, and have recently appointed an Environment and Sustainability Manager to their ranks. The Green Blue, a joint initiative between the RYA and British Marine to promote sustainable environmental practice in boating, was launched in 2005. A beach clean on May 8th of this year kicked off a new sustainability programme which seeks to limit the impact of sailing events on the environment and raise awareness of environmental issues.
The Mission to Seafarers are a welfare charity, providing help and support to 1.5 million merchant seafarers across the world. They provide a service in around 200 ports across 50 countries, with their International Headquarters in London and over 70 frontline staff. The organisation have already signed up to attend our Developing Policies and Strategies for Sustainability event in July, and we are very much looking forward to working with them on their sustainability journey.
Bradford Trident community council own 7 buildings of different ages within Bradford. The team want to take steps to:
The Fit for the Future team area already linking practitioners from these organisations with fellow network members who have relevant knowledge and expertise. Fit for the Future has over 100 organisations in its members from the not-for-profit, heritage, public and cultural sectors. See the full list of members, or find out how to join us to become more climate-friendly, adaptive and resilient.