Aston University goes Plastic Free

The aim of this project was to reduce single-use plastic consumption on campus through a number of different means including encouraging behaviour-change such as encouraging use of reusable cups for hot drinks, encouraging tap water consumption, and not using balloons at graduations. More >


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 >


Love Your River Telford

The project included a unique partnership of four government organisations, two non-government organisations, one water company, one university, sixteen community groups and an industry lead environmental group, who worked together to address issues with water quality across Telford More >


‘Saving Lives with Solar’ Community Energy scheme

In partnership with SWM members Southern Staffordshire Community Energy (SSCE) and Stoke-on-Trent based, University Hospitals of the North Midlands NHS Trust addressed environmental and social issues by becoming the largest hospital-based solar panel installation in the UK. 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 >


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 Sustainability Spring Fair

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 >


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 >


Walsall Adult and Community College (WACC) – Winner of a Business in the Community West Midlands START Award 2011

Walsall Adult and Community College formed September 2009 as a result of a merger of failing community learning services at risk of service discontinuity to many of the most vulnerable, disadvantaged people in the community.

Under these circumstances it seemed obvious to develop a strategy built on sustainability principles by future-proofing services using smart business and sustainability ethics. By seeking expert advice and investing senior management time into the agenda, they have founded a forward thinking approach to adult learning and community development. More >


Tap into Savings

Tap into Savings is a major national water and energy saving project launched on 9 July 2010 in Coventry. The project will visit 2,000 homes in Tile Hill, Canley and surrounding areas, helping households save around 15% of their water without spending any money. Collectively that’s 94,000 litres of water a day – enough to supply over 700 people in Coventry with their daily water needs. More >


Growing Opportunities – Winner in sustainable development category of Health Service Journal Awards 2004

Growing Opportunities provides year-round ‘community agriculture’ productive and therapeutic gardening and related activities for people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities. It is based in Sandwell, a deprived borough, at the award winning Malthouse Gardens adjacent to the Sandwell’s flagship Independent Living Centre and at Salop Drive Market Garden, which is a three acre productive horticulture and local food project. More >


Energy wardens – Coventry City Council

The Climate Change Strategy for Coventry sets out a bold carbon emission reduction target for 2050 of 70%. As well as working with stakeholders across the city to cut carbon, the Council is serious about getting its own house in order. The aim of the Energy Warden scheme is to build a network of enthusiastic, well-informed group of champions across Coventry City Council reaching into many teams to demystify energy management and make it fun. More >


Switch it Off – Coventry

The Switch it Off campaign is an energy saving campaign with a focus on an annual Switch it Off week. Its aim is to make everyone from businesses, organisations, schools and individuals aware of the amount of energy and money that can be saved by turning things off when not needed. More >



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 >


Balsall Heath Is Our Planet (BHIOP)

Balsall Heath Is Our Planet is a community initiative that aims to cut the carbon emissions of this inner city neighbourhood of Birmingham and reduce its environmental impact, to improve everyone’s quality of life. In 2007/08, BHIOP held a Community Conference and workshop process. This produced an Action Plan for reducing the environmental footprint of the area, through a number of projects. Local organisations have their own aims to reduce their carbon emissions, and they have come together to support BHIOP. BHIOP are encouraging walking and cycling, planting trees, directing people to energy advice, publicising solar energy and generally using neighbourhood level action to help everyone to reduce their carbon footprints. More >


SusMo (Sustainable Moseley) – Winner of British Gas Green Streets award

SusMo is a resident-inspired and resident-led campaign, overseen by Moseley Forum. SusMo is aiming to make Moseley a more sustainable community both by personal action to cut our household CO2 emissions and through community initiatives, including with local businesses, schools and other public sector organisations, along with third sector organisations from within Moseley, as well as around the city and further afield.
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Johnson Tiles

Johnson Tiles is the leading manufacturer and supplier of ceramic tiles in the UK, with a long history of market leadership and industry production development.

The company’s products are used in a wide range of commercial and non commercial projects and they supply ceramic tiles to almost every country in the world. More >



JCB is an international construction and agricultural equipment manufacturer, employing 7,000 people worldwide. With headquarters in Rochester, Staffordshire, the company produces over 300 different types of vehicle, from tractors to dump trucks, on four continents selling their products in 150 countries through 1,500 dealer depot locations.

JCB has a long-standing association with the Campaign for Rural England and has long recognised its responsibility to keep its environmental impact as low as possible. All the UK factories are designed to minimise emissions by recycling waste and eliminating pollution as far as possible, and all UK sites are ISO 14001 accredited. More >


Amcor Flexibles Ledbury – Winner of a West Midlands Carbon Positive C+ Award 2009

From corporate to local level, climate change is a major priority and Amcor is totally committed to building a sustainable business, as a key driver for success.

AF Ledbury has ISO 14001 accreditation, is regulated under the Environmental Permit. Regulations 2007 and has an Environmental Management Plan. It is also a member of INCPEN, has links with NNFCC and was recently awarded WRAP funding for fresh produce waste reduction projects. More >


Wragge & Co – Winners of the Business in the Community Eco Efficiency Award 2009

Wragge & Co is a major law firm based in Birmingham who provide a full service to clients worldwide. Their environmental responsibility and commitment involves two specific strands. Firstly, practical steps that the business takes centrally to adopt sustainable business practices and secondly educating and involving staff to reduce its environmental impact. More >


Boss Design – Winner of The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development 2009

In business for over twenty-five years and employing over two-hundred people, Boss Design has earned a reputation for design led quality products and for operating their business to the highest possible ethical standards.

They are conscious that not only must they embrace innovation to remain competitive and stay ahead; but that they must also demonstrate that as a business they are behaving responsibly. More >