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SWM Annual Conference – Delivering the West Midlands Combined Authority Sustainability Priorities – 28/11/17


Tuesday 28 November 2017


9:00 – 14:00 including lunch (our AGM will follow from 14:00)


Nicolson Building

, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2RT. The venue is within walking distance of University Station and has bike racks. The 98 bus stops right outside. It picks up from the city centre by New Street Station. The nearest car park is the multistorey car park on Pritchatts Road (B15 2QU). Further information about parking can be found on the Birmingham University website.


Sustainability West Midlands

In partnership with

The Environment Agency is generously supporting and exhibiting at our Annual Conference this year.


  • Groundwork West Midlands
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Cenex, who will be exhibiting the InclusivEV project, a Climate-KIC funded project which will demonstrate integrated, smart, low carbon, shared urban mobility solutions in edge of city disadvantaged neighbourhoods in three EU cities: Solihull (UK), Valencia (Spain), and Modena (Italy).

Leaders and their advisers from the public, private and voluntary sectors. Senior level policy and decision makers willing to work together for a positive future for the West Midlands.

The event

In early September our work on setting out the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) environmental priorities for Councillor Harley, the new portfolio lead for the environment, was approved by the Mayor and a packed WMCA Board. Our Annual Conference is the next opportunity for our partners, members, and networks to help shape delivery of the WMCA sustainability priorities. We are delighted to announce that this year’s keynote speech will come from Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Dame Julia King  who will challenge the roles of cities, elected Mayors and LEPs in delivering our carbon emissions reduction targets and ensuring that our urban areas are resilient to the risks of climate change, to ensure  a healthy and prosperous future for the UK’s citizens in the face of a changing climate. Andy Street will share with us his aspirations for the region building on his 2020 aims. We’ll be running workshops where you can contribute to discussions about the sustainability priorities for the region and how we can drive delivery. Your input is critical! We’ll share various examples of good practice from around the region and our latest research on the progress of the West Midlands towards our Vision and Roadmap. We’re also very excited that the winners of the Climate-KIC Birmingham City Energy Challenge will be announced as part of the conference. The Energy Challenge is an opportunity for entrepreneurs and visionaries to bring forward energy solutions that correspond to challenges in the West Midlands. The theme is “Innovations to engage customers and users as active participants in the regional energy system”. There are two prizes of €10,000 up for grabs. For information on the Energy Challenge contact Encraft on 01926 312159 or energychallenge@encraft.co.uk. Booking and further information

  • Our members are entitled to one free place.
  • The fee to attend for non-members is:
    • £20 plus VAT third sector
    • £50 plus VAT public sector
    • £100 plus VAT private sector
Please note that non-attendance without prior written notification will result in a charge of £100 plus VAT.

Registration for the conference has now closed. For further information, please email enquiries@swm.org.uk or ring 0121 237 5890. Agenda The agenda for the conference is available here.  




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