Fit for the Future is a network of charities, heritage organisations, cultural venues and others working to deal with the risks brought by climate change. Members are protecting their land, buildings and operations from climate-related threats while also reducing their environmental impact.
We set up the Fit for the Future Network with the National Trust in Wales, who won our prestigious Gold Award in 2012 for reducing energy consumption by a whopping 40% across its estates. We knew we had to find a way to help others learn their secrets — if you can make a castle energy efficient, any other building should be a piece of cake.
The premise is very simple: this network should be powered by showing, talking and learning together. By visiting other members, seeing work in practice and sharing experiences.
Fit for the Future is now a network of more than 600 people from more than 100 organisations in the not-for-profit sector and beyond. Its members are working together to make their organisations climate-friendly, adaptive and resilient. The Network is run by a central team who make connections between members so they can share knowledge and experience. It operates on the principle that, more often than not, the solution is already out there when it comes to making buildings, land and whole organisations more sustainable.
The board, chaired by Sir Ed Davey, was set up in 2016 to support the strategic development of the Network as it continues to grow. Board members represent organisations from within the Network including the RNLI, National Trust, RSPB and The Crown Estate.