Floods Happen… Be Prepared!

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 >

 
 

UK Flood Barriers – Flood Protection Project, Cornwall

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 >

 
 

Warwickshire Community Recycling – Community Champion of the Year 2012, Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM)

Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (W-CAVA) and the Heart of England Community Foundation created ‘Warwickshire Community Recycling’ (WCR) as a joint charitable enterprise. In a subsequent joint venture with Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Community Recycling (WCR) took over the management of Stockton and Wellesbourne recycling centres from the county council on April 1 2012. More >

 
 

Plugin – Winner of a Sustainable Housing Award for Community Involvement and Engagement 2012

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 >

 
 

Lorien Engineering Solutions Ltd – Packwood House, National Trust

Midlands based Lorien Engineering Solutions have helped a flagship National Trust property drive down its yearly operating costs by some £23,000, with the installation of a water source heat pump. The project took 90 days to complete and was financed by a £192,500 grant from energy provider npower. More >

 
 

Globehuggers Emergency Supplies – Winners of the BITC Climate Business Resilience Award 2012

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 – Master Cylinder Manufacture

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 >

 
 

Birmingham Environmental Partnership Green Restaurant Awards

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 >

 
 

Birmingham City Council’s Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan

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 >

 
 

Ricoh UK products – adapting to the impacts of a severe weather event

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 >

 
 

Balsall Heath Church Centre

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 >

 
 

Swish Building products – adapting to the impacts of severe weather events

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 – adapting to the impacts of severe weather events

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

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 >

 
 

PricewaterhouseCoopers: West Midlands Low Carbon Economy awards 2010

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 >

 
 

Snitterfield Actioning Climate Change: West Midlands Low Carbon Economy Awards 2010

Snitterfield village is in the heart of Warwickshire. A thriving community with a wide range of amenities, including a nursery and primary school, shop, sports club, two churches and a pub. There are approximately 1400 residents.

SACC was formed in 2007. They are a community group tasked with responding to the global issues of climate change at local level. They are a group of eight dedicated volunteers who hold open monthly meetings in the village hall.

SACC looks for practical ways to engage with the village to promote initiatives and actions, focusing on carbon emission reductions. More >

 
 

Heartwoods

Heartwoods, a tree and woodland industry support initiative, is currently focusing on promoting the management of woodlands to supply wood for fuel. A wholly owned subsidiary of Small Woods a third sector organisation.

Project partners include Advantage West Midlands (Rural Development Programme), Forestry Commission, Confor (Confederation of Forest Industries) Rural Hubs, NFU, Woodland Trust and Midlands Woodfuel. More >

 
 

Light Fantastic

Light Fantastic is a mobile exhibition, which visits communities and schools, town centres and supermarkets across the Midlands. It showcases energy efficient technology and techniques, using low energy lighting as a focus and initial draw to visitors. Visitors can then be introduced to topics such as behavioural change and renewable technology. More >

 
 

Wood Energy Strategy

The West Midlands Wood Energy Strategy sets out the West Midlands vision for wood energy and a strategy for action. The co-ordination for delivery of this strategy was actioned through the Wood Energy Task Group (WETG) which initially comprised of the original partners but extended to a wide network of policy makers and planners, installer and supply companies and woodland owners and managers. More >

 
 

Telford Extrusions

Telford Extrusions is part of the Epwin group which is the UK’s second largest PVC-U and PVC-UE extruder. The Telford site manufactures ‘low maintenance’ profiles for the window and door industry.

During the manufacturing process, large quantities of water are circulated around the machines to cool the extruded profile. The company learnt that they could save on sewer charges by showing that during the manufacturing process water is lost through evaporation rather than via the sewer. More >

 
 

Lyreco

In 2001 Lyreco moved into the bespoke site at Donnington, Telford with 300 office and 300 warehouse personnel. Working with BESST and Envirowise, Lyreco hosted a Water Audit to identify where efficiencies could be made. There had not been much focus on water efficiency at this site as attention had been on electricity and gas. More >

 
 

National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) – Winner of a British Expertise Global Environmental Impact Award 2009

The West Midlands’ region is home to NISP, the world’s first and only national industrial symbiosis programme. It was established in 2003 as a pilot scheme in the region with the aim of creating a network for businesses to identify ways in which underutilised resources such as energy, water and materials from one company could be recovered, reprocessed and reused by others elsewhere in the region. More >

 
 

Groundwork West Midlands’ Graduate Apprenticeship Programme (GAP)

The Black Country has a low level of graduate retention compared to the UK as a whole. There are not enough opportunities made available to graduates when leaving universities in the region. In addition not enough is done to promote the Black Country as a place to start a career and to address the general negative publicity about the area.

West Midlands Graduate Apprenticeship Programme (GAP) is providing work experience to graduates interested in a career in environmental regeneration and sustainability. More >