31 December 2018
2018 was a busy year for Fit for the Future, and we'd like to thank all our members and supporters for making it a successful one too. Hundreds of practitioners have been linked up to share knowledge and to get projects off the ground in order to become climate-friendly, adaptive and resilient organisations. We identified lots of opportunities to do even more for our members and build on what we offer in 2019. We'd like to take this opportunity to share some of our plans, and to wish you all a very Happy New Year. Let's forge ahead in 2019 and harness the power of people and practical solutions to achieve vital positive change.
In 2018 we offered members solid introductions to a range of core topics, from climate-change adaptation and mitigation to energy management. Due to popular demand, we will now be taking a number of these to the next level by introducing work streams. Each work stream is a series of themed events that will enable members to progress their understanding in one particular topic area throughout the year.
The climate change adaptation stream is a great example of how this will work. In 2018 we hosted a popular introductory seminar and site visit at National Trust's Tredegar House, where members were introduced to the impacts of climate change and how organisations can start to develop adaptation strategies. We also ran a strategy workshop at our annual membership conference, The Network Harvest. So that members can build on this knowledge, a new work stream brings members a number of follow-ups to ensure progression and practical application of what's been learnt. These will include:
We will also be providing work streams focusing on other key topics. For energy management, for example, the stream will initially focus on how organisations can identify the most effective and appropriate energy saving and generating measures, and how they can develop a framework for activity through installation and management. We'll then go on to provide information and support on data collection, analysis and reporting processes and systems for a complete look at energy management throughout the year.
Along with these work streams we'll be delivering all of our core services:
As ever we will continue to develop partnerships and associations with other networks to add value and diversity to the network. To bring in interesting speakers with valuable/unique knowledge and experience and provide opportunities to attend external events. A lot to be confirmed/finalised soon so watch this space!
We are always keen to welcome new organisations onto the network bringing new members to add to the diversity and depth of knowledge and experience in the network. Providing members with more opportunities to network and make strong and beneficial connections and partnerships.
As ever we aspire to make the network of great value to your organisation and to also be interesting and fun. To be hands-on, practical, accessible and interactive. Thank you so much for your ongoing support and we look forward to working with you in 2019. Please get in touch if you have any further ideas about how we can best help your organisation to become climate-friendly, adaptive and resilient this year. Onwards and upwards!