The Network makes sure all of its members have the practical support they need to get the job done and make a difference with their environmental projects. Because it’s non-commercial, you can always be sure that you are receiving honest, impartial advice. We provide:
The Network team connects you with fellow members who have undertaken similar sustainability work and can offer advice based on their challenges and successes. Whether its improving energy efficiency in older buildings, installing a renewable technology or trying to get funding for your project, there will be someone in the network who has already done it and can offer crucial advice.
It could all start with an informal chat about your ideas on the phone. That’s how Gavin from Canal & River Trust was introduced to Garry from the National Trust when he wanted to develop a hydro project and needed some advice. Following from that initial chat, Gavin was able to secure funding to develop the Canal & River Trust’s first in-house hydro power project. Read the full story here.
When you join, you’ll receive a free peer consultancy from a fellow Network member. Perhaps they are from a similar
not-for-profit and are further ahead with sustainability work, or have already a completed a project similar to one you’re about to start. They will come along and review your site or building, offering impartial advice based on their own experiences.
Here’s a case study of when Jamie from NUS met Al from CAFOD to give you an idea of what these consultancies are about. They’ve proved extremely popular with members, saving them time and money, and meaning they can be sure of honest, impartial advice without having to bring in consultants.
Our hundreds of members freely share many of the resources and templates they have used when planning and implementing environmental projects. This is of great benefit to members, as it means they don’t have to start from scratch and spend unnecessary time and money developing their own versions. By sharing what worked, and what didn’t work so well, members move forward more quickly and don’t repeat the mistakes someone else has already made.
On hand support
That’s what we’re here for! Contact the Network team and let us know what you’re working on and how we can help. We use our inside knowledge of our hundreds of members and their projects to find you the best solutions and opportunities to collaborate. We operate on the principle that if we don’t know, we can soon find out.