SWM were commissioned to undertake a review of the university’s approach to environmental
management and sustainability to ensure that recruitment of their new Sustainability Manager resulted in
the appointment of the best candidate for the role, taking account of the future needs of the university.
Cheshire East Council: Supporting Cheshire East’s move from carbon neutral ambition to action and delivery
Cheshire East Council sought support from SWM to help facilitate a workshop for Councillors and senior council leaders to enable them to consider how they can meet their carbon neutral targets and fulfill their climate emergency declaration.
City of Wolverhampton Council: Climate Emergency support Part 1: Sustainability Strategy & Action Plan Review
City of Wolverhampton Council commissioned SWM to provide an independent review of their draft sustainability strategy and action plan, the methodology for calculating their carbon footprint, and input to their citizens assembly.
City of Wolverhampton Council: Climate Emergency support Part 2 – Workshops for staff and Councillors
SWM provided support to City of Wolverhampton Council to help them address the climate emergency, by running four virtual workshops for staff and Councillors and contributing to a fifth session for young people.
Climate Change Committee: How does people’s behaviour affect their response to extreme weather events?
This project looked at how people have reacted to extreme weather and why, and what behaviours people and communities demonstrate when they are preparing for, responding to and recovering from an extreme weather event.
Climate Change Committee: Improving the accessibility of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment – Part 1
SWM provided advice to the Committee on Climate Change on how to improve the accessibility of the the third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report, due for publication next year. The project looked at better use of communications, providing engagement opportunities and reframing of outputs.
Climate Change Committee: Improving the accessibility of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment -Part 2
Part two of this project, which provides support to the Climate Change Committee on improving the accessibility of outputs associated with the Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk, focused on producing outputs that considers the above advice, to bring thousands of pages of text to life and make the key findings and messages clearer, more digestible and understood by the primary audience, which is central Government.
Climate-KIC: Audit report of UK climate-related innovation networks and clusters
Climate-KIC commissioned SWM to undertake an audit report of UK climate-related innovation networks and clusters. It aimed to identify where in the UK there are existing climate innovation strengths and where there is potential for establishing new ones.
Coventry College: Professional Certification: Sustainable Management
Birmingham Enterprise Community (BEC) delivered an 8 week online course on on behalf of Coventry College, assisted by a number of external partners, including SWM. The course was aimed at anyone wanting to become a sustainability practitioner, or current sustainability managers looking to advance their knowledge.
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS): Fit for the Future II
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) commissioned SWM to analyse LEP, combined authority and city region progress and appetite to tackle climate change, embrace a low carbon economy and reduce carbon emissions.
East of England Local Government Association: East of England Regional Climate Change Forum: Baseline Analysis
The East of England Regional Climate Change Forum (RCCF) brings together representatives from 8 climate change partnerships across the region, together representing over 50 local authorities. The Forum is run by the East of England Local Government Association (EELGA), who support it to achieve climate action targets. For this project, EELGA asked SWM for an analysis of each partnership’s climate change progress, and an explanation of the barriers to delivery of climate change action across the region.
Energy Capital: Smart Local Energy Systems – West Midlands Stakeholder Analysis and Feedback
As part of their work to deliver Smart Local Energy Systems (SLES), Energy Capital needed help from SWM to determine how to get understanding and buy-in from council officers and elected members in councils across the West Midlands.
This project assessed the commitments of all 39 LEPs in England to reducing carbon emissions, stimulating a low carbon economy and adapting to climate change. The report provided a benchmark of each LEP against each of these three metrics and discussed geographical progression patterns.
Environment Agency: Flood community engagement plan: Initiation workshop
The Environment Agency (EA) commissioned SWM to convene a workshop that took place on 30 March 2017, bringing together staff from across the West Midlands area to begin the development of a Strategic Community Engagement Plan that aims to help the organisation effectively target communities at risk of flooding.
Environment Agency: Scaling up the climate change adaptation response in the West Midlands
We have worked in collaboration with the Environment Agency for the past two years to help accelerate and scale-up the region’s response to climate change adaptation. While there is an increasing recognition that we are experiencing a greater number and intensity of extreme weather events, progress on dealing with their risks and impacts remains slow. This collaboration aims to drive forward activity across multiple sectors in the region, to increase resilience and encourage adaptation action.
Environment Agency and Defra: Climate Resilient Communities
Our Resilient Communities Conference allowed for a wide variety of audiences to come together to share good practice around developing community resilience schemes, the tools and support available to help and ask questions of experts in the room.