Greenhouse Pioneer: Chloe Hampson, Fit for the Future Network
You have heard of Tinder but have you seen Fit for the Future Network? It matches sustainability challenges to problems already solved, saving almost 15,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2015. We talk to Chloe Hampson who is behind this collaboration and knowledge sharing network. What drives you? I am driven by efficiency, whether it be efficiency of resources, money, time or energy. Where one of our project partners has laboured to overcome a problem, I match them with someone who could benefit from the knowledge. For example, connecting the sustainability manager of an 18th Century house with another to learn how to retrofit lighting. The National Trust taught The Canal and River Trust about overcoming stumbling blocks to installing hydro, dramatically accelerating the project. What is the campaign/innovation you are most proud of this year? Fit For The Future started publishing progress reports in January, which puts monetary value on the efficiency savings they have achieved. For example, the RNLI energy has saved money equivalent to the cost of 10 inshore rescue boats from its efforts. This reporting system has changed the language of sustainability and is highly effective as a communication and a change management tool. What are the key characteristics that inspire change? Demonstrating value – the three points of change incorporates inspiration and pragmatism:
- Being positive– showing leadership with a can do attitude.
- Transparency - what are the barriers, what lessons were learnt.
- Providing pragmatic solutions and the tools to deliver change.