SHIFT enables you to measure, monitor and improve your environmental performance. PLUS you will be able to demonstrate your environmental credentials to stakeholders such as funders and regulators, through formal certification and receipt of one the following awards:
SHIFT will assess your organisation on over 20 different environmental metrics, including your performance on CO2 (kg CO2 per meter squared per year) in your offices and housing stock, water usage (litres used per person per day), how well you are adapting to climate change (flooding, overheating and water shortage risk), the percentage of waste from retrofit works you are diverting from landfill. These measurements have been developed over time with the housing sector.
This assessment is about measuring performance through key performance indicators and driving change. Those key performance indicators you will be measured against are the established national government legislated or departmental targets for environmental performance. Your performance is illustrated relative to your peers and recommendations are provided on how you can improve.
Leading organisations share their work and achievements through independent consultation with other members, as well as through attendance at SHIFT national conferences.
Membership to SHIFT provides your organisation with an array of benefits:
SHIFT membership entitles members to attend all SHIFT events. The award winning events bring members together with leading experts in the field to share best practice and plan actions. These events are tailored to address current challenges in the sector as well as challenges identified by SHIFT members directly and through the assessment process.
Dates for 2014 will be announced shortly
27th February 2013
Adaptation and climate change - London
5th June 2013
Retrofitting 2013: Practical steps and funding options - Stoke-on-Trent
3rd July 2013
Building to low carbon cost effectively - London
17th July 2013
Report Launch THE REVIEW: UK social landlords - environmental performance 2012/13
6th November 2013
Measuring and reducing fuel poverty - Manchester
20th November 2013
Homes 2013 - SHIFT awards
“Being a SHIFT member underlines an organisation's commitment to sustainability which is why we were keen to get on board. One of the key benefits is that businesses are able to have their performance independently evaluated. We work hard to limit our impact on the environment and this has been recognised with silver status from SHIFT.” David Bennett, Chief Executive, Sanctuary Group - SHIFT Silver member
“SHIFT has been a really excellent discipline for Catalyst to follow. The comprehensive assessment process has been a valuable tool to help embed sustainability & sustainable practices within the company, from the strategic management level right down to the detailed planning work required to enhance the performance of our stock, both our existing and new homes.
Sustainable Homes have blazed a trail by developing this process & right from our involvement in the very first assessment Catalyst has seen huge benefits from putting our practices under the spotlight and undertaking these assessments. We would highly recommend any RP to consider joining SHIFT to get the benefits of their [Sustainable Homes] considerable expertise in sustainability as well as benefiting from the shared experiences of other SHIFT members.” Phil Thompson, Head of Development, Catalyst Housing - SHIFT Gold member
“Energy prices are rising and we face challenging carbon reduction targets. I’m delighted to see SHIFT members taking action to understand their environmental impacts, including energy use, through independent assessment – and then working to reduce them.” Gregory Barker, MP, Minister of State for Climate Change
“Climate change is already having a significant impact...and it is vitally important that we all understand our environmental impacts and continually work to improve them. SHIFT does this admirably for the housing sector." Robert Napier CBE, Chairman, Homes & Communities Agency
“At AmicusHorizon, we’ve found the SHIFT events to be very well organised. We’ve also found the opportunity to network with housing sector experts and leaders within the green agenda incredibly useful. The low carbon retrofit event in Birmingham was most enjoyable. We’ve greatly appreciated being able to share best practice at these national events and I’d highly recommend joining SHIFT to others.” Patrick Chauvin, Director of Asset Services, AmicusHorizon - SHIFT silver member
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