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The Civil Contingencies Unit, in partnership with Staffordshire County Council have led a series of classroom workshops to educate students on the risks involved in a flood situation, and how they can prepare themselves and those around them. More >
The University of Birmingham and i-Clean worked together to address issues to improve the sustainability of the campus and minimise the impact that the University has on their local community. More >
Network Rail: The new station boasts a number of green credientials around a host of areas, including energy, waste, heating, lighting, water, materials, procurement and, of course, transport. More >
Carbon and financial savings from little investment. More >
The SNSC is a £48 million programme across the West Midlands aimed at cutting carbon, supporting economic growth and connecting residents to jobs. More >
In 2013, thirteen museums began a journey to a more sustainable future through the ‘Reducing Bills: Going Green’ programme. More >
The aim was to develop an allotment project that could benefit young people within the local community and produce organically home grown ingredients for the Club’s kitchens. More >
The Green Living Spaces Plan has been written to secure, enhance and ensure the effective long term maintenance of the city’s natural green and water spaces, which are so essential for an adapted and healthy city. More >
Carillion exceed expectations with delivery of The Library of Birmingham. More >
This study looks at lessons from a scheme that helped residents of a UK neighbourhood to make their community more environmentally sustainable and adaptable to change. More >
Cleone Foods were recognised for their efforts in implementing an extremely impressive strategy which minimises potential threats to their business. Their comprehensive risk assessment has ensured that whatever the issue; their business is prepared and ready for action. The success of the strategy is highlighted in impressive growth figures and minimal disruption to business practices since its implementation in 2009. More >
The severe flooding event in Cornwall in November 2010 was noted as the worst flooding in decades. Flash floods hit in the middle of the night, leaving many people trapped in their homes and cars. In the space of a just few hours, two and a half inches of rain fell. Due to the topography of the area, small picturesque villages were swamped underneath 6ft of water during this period of intense rainfall. Scores of residents had to be rescued by the RAF, police and the fire service in hope of being relocated to emergency accommodation. The intensity of the flash flooding caused major disruption to the region’s infrastructure, and in some villages, properties were subjected to ten inches of water. More >
Plugin is an award-winning partnership project giving social housing providers access to free water-saving devices to install in their properties. The project also provides training to engage the community on how to save water and energy.
Installations were done through planned and routine maintenance, through ‘Decent Homes’ work and during tenancy changes – making water saving part of ‘business as usual’. Maintenance teams were trained by the water companies to install and explain the products using this opportunity to talk to residents about other ways to save water and energy. More >
Birmingham Airport recognises that meeting the challenges of climate change is not only about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and developing a low-carbon economy, but also ensuring that the airport adapts to climate change such as; hotter and drier summers, warmer and wetter winters and increasingly frequent extreme weather events such as prolonged snow and ice, storms and crosswinds. More >
Globehuggers Emergency Suppliers specialise in products that help businesses and individuals plan for emergencies. Globehuggers started out as an eco company, championing wind up technologies and recycled products in an effort to slow down climate change. After a while it became clear that some of their products could be used in a practical way to actually deal with extreme weather conditions brought about by climate change. More >
Alcon components have worked with Capella Associates on this project entitled ‘Master Cylinder Manufacture’. Capella Associates have worked with over 250 organisations across a range of sectors, helping organisations to improve their performance. More >
The Sustainability Spring Fair was an ‘eco-market’ with everything green on sale from organic carrots to electric cars. Birmingham’s most ‘Green’ activist encouraged Birmingham’s families to grow their own fruit and vegetables, and buy local produce, ethical produce and energy saving devises to make their lifestyles more sustainable. More >
In 2010, the Birmingham Environmental Partnership reinforced its commitment to helping businesses reduce their impact on the environment, by setting up the Green Restaurant Awards.
These awards are given to the restaurants that demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and the environment. Entrants are judged in the categories of waste management, energy reduction, purchasing, and staff and community with an overall winner receiving the Green Restaurant of the Year Award. More >
To improve Birmingham City Council’s understanding of the risks from climate change, the Climate Change Adaptation Partnership (2008-11) was established as a sub group of Birmingham Environmental Partnership to report to DEFRA on National Indicator 188: adapting to the impacts of climate change. More >
This case study summarises the work Midcounties undertook with UKCIP to plan how to adapt to climate change using the methodology outlined in the UKCIP Adaptation Wizard. More >
Northfield Ecocentre was established by a group of Quakers in the South Birmingham area in 2008. The centre was developed from a derelict bookshop into a centre that demonstrates best practice in energy and water conservation, and also includes a wide range of displays to explain energy saving to the visiting public. More >
In order to raise awareness of the issues surrounding sustainability and improve their environmental performance Aston University has made efforts involving staff to ‘Go Green’.
To achieve this goal, Aston has launched a number of campaigns and projects to try and raise awareness of sustainability-related issues. More >
CloudsEnd CIC’s De-Clutter Bus Project – Winner of a Business in the Community West Midlands START Award 2011
CloudsEnd CIC helps hoarders with their at home hoarding problems. At present hoarding problems can lead to social isolation, ill health, eviction, family break ups, and energy waste – all at vast expense to the community.
CloudsEnd’s pioneering approach offers a simple, cheaper and compassionate way of dealing with hoarding issues. CloudsEnd also trains professionals who might encounter hoarders such as tenancy support officers. More >
Ricoh UK Products Limited (RPL) is a subsidiary of Ricoh Japan, the world’s leading manufacturer of office automation equipment.
Established in 1984, the company manufactures photocopiers and consumables utilising its 2050 Plan and People Planet Profit (3-P’s) sustainability principles. These pillars of sustainability exemplify employee engagement, environmental impact reduction / resource conservation, and cost reduction/ revenue generation, which are fundamental to business continuity. More >
The Church centre benefitted by generous donations and discounted prices from a number of companies, who wished to have a first demonstration of this solar system, which is the first of its kind in the UK. Called Flexlight; the photovoltaic laminate is flexible, lightweight and is stuck directly to the roof. The thin film amorphous technology will work even at low light levels. US based Advanced Green Technologies (AGT) has supplied them at much reduced cost, as has AXUN the supplier of the inverters. More >
Part of the EPWIN Group and based in Tamworth, Staffordshire Swish Building Products manufacture PVC fascias, soffits, guttering, cladding and window board systems for the social housing, new build and trade construction markets. Swish aimed to develop a flood risk management plan in response to the potential impact from an extreme weather event. More >
Hydro-Logic Ltd is an independent UK-based company established with the objective of delivering high quality solutions for the water and environmental protection industries. Their headquarters is based at Bromyard in Herefordshire. The aim of this project was to develop a remote water monitoring solution to help Wychavon Local Authority Drainage Engineers ease flood worries for local residents. More >
CABLED is a consortium of 12 companies including: Arup, Aston University, Birmingham City Council, University of Birmingham, Coventry City Council, Coventry University, E.ON, Jaguar Land Rover, Coventry University Enterprises, Mitsubishi Motors UK, Mercedes Benz UK, and Tata Motors European Technical Centre. More >
Completed in 2009 St Luke’s is a 2 form entry school with community facilities. The building is designed to achieve a very high standard of sustainability, including very low energy consumption, sustainably sourced materials and a BREEAM Excellent rating. The project has had an ecological focus throughout the design process, maximizing the use of daylight, natural ventilation and thermal comfort. The building is timber framed construction, utilizing timber cladding and roofing system. More >