THE NATIONAL TRUST ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORS
Let me introduce myself and colleagues. I have been working for almost four years on reducing the National Trust’s environmental impact specifically in Wales but also wider across the organisation and with individuals, communities and organisations. Our jobs have laudable aims but what does it look like on the ground i hear you ask? (well i think you do?)
That brings us to this blog and we hope over the coming years (there’s confidence for you!) to share what we are learning, doing and developing (the good, the bad and the funny). Be it big exiting renewable energy projects, understanding our impact or new wizzy gadgets to make the world a little bit better or just simple approaches to managing what we have better.
we don’t claim to have all of the answers or even many but we have some suggestions and we hope to share the successes and not so successful approaches we are developing / borrowing/ making up!
and now back to doing stuff!
WHAT DOES A NATIONAL TRUST ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISOR DO?
Bit of a generalist in terms of environmental management. supporting properties in their day to day work by advising on improvements, reporting back on performance and looking to see what the opportunities are – which sound all very laudable. We go back to what does that mean on the ground. To give you flavour of our work…
Work which Paul and I are involved in
- 14 hydro’s ranging from 10Kw to 3Mw (feasibility scoping funding and tendering)
- Biomass boilers galore – 10kw to 400kw
- Research into the UK’s first large scale closed loop Marine Source Heat pump
- Heat pump role-out and evaluation (gardens, shops, offices and cottages)
- 5 micro wind turbines
- 4 visitor center developments or improvements
- LED lighting in every mansion
- Secondary glazing in mansions
- large scale PV role-out
- Monitoring of water and energy us
- Waste management and compliance
- Energy trading development
- Continual development of the NT’s first Environmental Management system
- LED bulb development (conservation grade bulbs)
- Presentation and engagement (like this Blog) across the country
- Community energy development – advice and active participation
- and on and on…
- THINK YOU GET THE GIST – it’s a great job and we are lucky to be doing it in an organisation which is now pushing the environmental boundaries (and in a big way) !!!