LETI Investment for Impact
LETI have started a crowd funding campaign to broaden our impact across the UK.
LETI was initiated by Elementa’s Clara Bagenal George in 2017 and has since been a very active and productive platform for knowledge sharing, collaboration and knowledge dissemination. Since its inception it has continued to grow as contributions from its built environment volunteers have expanded its influence and knowledge base, creating an independent beacon for change in our industry.
LETI has published many free to access documents, from our review of the draft London Plan to the Zero Operational Carbon 1-pager and more recently the Climate Emergency Design Guide and the Embodied Carbon Primer. The impact of LETI is very real, very positive and has created real momentum which we are keen to maintain.
Until now LETI has been managed purely by volunteers, giving their time both in working hours, but mostly in their own time. We have had no formal funding, organisation sponsorship or income from paid membership (aside from events, where event costs are covered by event sponsors). It is important to acknowledge that some organisations have given significant amount of ‘time and advice in kind’ over the last 3 years, notably Elementa, Levitt Bernstein and Etude. LETI was started using funding from Elementa’s impact fund and over the last 3 years Elementa have carried out much of the administration and co-ordination allowing space for LETI to grow and evolve and we are very grateful for this.
We have now reached the next phase of our evolution, and want to broaden our impact. This is a call to the wider industry and indeed to anyone who is passionate about creating a zero carbon world. For us to evolve and have greater impact we need to increase our support network and funding.
Our key supporters have been fundamental in creating this platform but we all wish it to grow. We think that LETI could have even greater impact with a defined budget focusing on knowledge dissemination and consistent dedicated resource and planning. As it is fundamental we remain independent, we think that crowdfunding is the best approach as it enables both organisations and individuals to contribute.
Marks Barfield Architects
Allies and Morrison
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Frank Reynolds Architects
Claire Das Bhaumik
David M Sterber
Seb Laan Lomas
How much money are we trying to raise?
Our aim is to raise £25,000 by the end of March 2020, but the more we raise, the better.
What will we do with the funding?
We are planning a knowledge dissemination program in 2020, with the aim to run events in 8-10 cities across the UK, this will involve quite a substantial amount of co-ordination. Our costs will include admin staff costs, travel expenses, printing copies of the Climate Emergency Design Guide to give out for free at events.
Donate your time
There are many other opportunities to support LETI, including volunteering your time, this could include admin support, event management, comms, technical support, project management, graphic support and helping us with the website and social media.
This philosophy will allow us to remain independent of any vested interest and we will continue to be dedicated to the acceleration of the industry’s efforts towards achieving Net Zero Carbon buildings as soon as possible. We believe that LETI’s collective voice has had a significant impact over the last 3 years and we would like this to continue. If you agree, please support us.
Any donations will be gratefully received and appreciated.
Any organisation giving more than £500 and individual giving more than £50 will be included on LETI’s donor list.