ARCH members have made a positive choice to retain the
management of their housing stock, unlike other authorities that
have chosen to transfer either full ownership or the management of
their stock. Like other housing providers, ARCH members need to
demonstrate their sustainability to a wide range of stakeholders,
to tackle fuel poverty and to meet the challenges of the 2050
carbon reduction target in the Climate Change Act. Reducing carbon
and reducing cost go hand in hand and the SHIFT network has also
assisted members in achieving significant reductions in
expenditure, a key priority for local authorities.
The SHIFT network
addresses all of these needs. Membership provides unrivalled
assistance in improving organisational sustainability, plus it
provides independent verification of organisational sustainability
credentials. Membership also brings substantial discounts on
other services, such as training or consultancy services such as
Sustainable Homes Index For Tomorrow (SHIFT) was developed with the
support of the Homes and Communities Agency, the Greater London
Authority the UK Green Building Council and WWF-UK.
SHIFT members commit to measuring, monitoring, independent
assessment, peer-to-peer learning and continual improvement.
Members benefit from a UK-wide support network with access to
expertise and guidance. As a body, SHIFT membership has doubled in
the last two years.
Organisations join SHIFT at all stages of their sustainability
journey. Some come with little prior experience of addressing
environmental issues, while other come with very strong existing
credentials they want to boost via external accreditation and
learning from others. Members can - and do - achieve real, tangible
improvements through SHIFT. There are now over 65
organisations involved in SHIFT.
When you join, you receive support and assistance with improving
your sustainability. This is provided by support from a dedicated
sustainability expert, backed up by the knowledgeable Sustainable
Homes team, with support from SHIFT network members at regular
Conferences, seminars and breakfast events held throughout the
year. Your improvements will be independently assessed so that you
can compare your performance year on year, and compare performance
with other members. You will also gain public recognition with
SHIFT Awards, which range from Platinum to Highly Commended.
The award-winning SHIFT programme provides you with:
- the opportunity to illustrate to your residents and members
that you are reducing your impacts and costs, and helping to tackle
- a robust framework that drives improvement and cuts costs
across your organisation;
- a recognised, independent benchmark that allows you to
demonstrate improvement and compare your organisation with
- the opportunity to ask experts, policy-makers and your peers
all those difficult questions;
- direct access to award-winning consultancy and training at
- influence with policy-makers and recognition by government and
the housing sector;
- use of the SHIFT membership logo and significant media
Interested in joining? Please ring Leonie Cooper at Sustainable
Homes on 020 8973 0405 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join before the end of February and save up to 32%.