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 >

 
 

‘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 >

 
 

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 >

 
 

Westport Lake Visitor Centre, Stoke-On-Trent

This project was part of an ambitious five-year programme to regenerate 17km of canal network for local communities. The visitor centre is owned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council; the development was led by the Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways), and is now leased by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. The Westport Lake Visitor Centre has received a number of awards since its completion in 2009 for best practice and sustainable design. A permanent exhibition is installed in the building which highlights the technologies employed providing a resource for people to learn about sustainable design as well as local history. More >

 
 

Alumet Group – Sandwell College

The aim of this project was to develop Sandwell College on time and on budget,in accordance with the company’s sustainability and environmental policies, and ISO 14001 accreditation. Good forward planning of site delivery logistics enabled good efficiency. However savings made in this regard can easily be lost due to unplanned and uneconomic deliveries in order to replenish site damages or programme requirements. This occurred towards the end of the project. 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 >

 
 

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 >

 
 

Arena Coventry Limited: Winner of low carbon economy awards 2010 – low carbon employee engagement

The Ricoh Arena is a multi-purpose complex with state-of-the-art conferencing, banqueting, exhibition, hotel and sporting facilities.The venue has a 32,500 capacity stadium bowl alongside the Jaguar Exhibition Hall measuring 10,000sq metres and containing 23 kiosks. The Yorkshire Bank and E.ON lounges provide more than 3,000sq metres for conferencing and banqueting, seating around 2,500 diners. This is complemented by Singers Bar & Bistro, a 100-seater restaurant. The £113 million venue also accommodates the G Casino – the UK’s largest casino – and the De Vere Hotel at the Ricoh Arena plus the Arena Health and Fitness Club and extensive office space. 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 >

 
 

St Luke’s CE Primary School, Wolverhampton – Winner of BCSE Sustainable School of the Year 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 >

 
 

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 >

 
 

Grow With Wyre Landscape Partnership Scheme

The Wyre Forest Project Area spans the Worcestershire and Shropshire border, covering not only the Wyre Forest itself but also taking into consideration the surrounding landscapes of meadows, orchards and smaller woodlands. The overall aim of the project is to ensure the long term social, environmental and economic sustainability of the area. 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 >

 
 

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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Birmingham Hippodrome – Winner of the Building Controls Industry Energy Management Award 2007

Birmingham Hippodrome, the most visited theatre in the UK, has recently won an environmental award for its ongoing commitment and work on improving wastage, recycling and reducing its carbon footprint.

Birmingham Hippodrome is the first theatre in the UK to be registered to ISO 14001, an international standard for Environmental Management Systems, now the most widely awarded EMS certification in the world. More >

 
 

JCB

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 >

 
 

Jericho Foundation

Jericho started in 1993 as a drop-in centre to serve the most disadvantaged people in Balsall Heath, Birmingham. Many of their clients had little or no work history and consequently had problems gaining and sustaining employment. Thus in 1999 Jericho set up as a social enterprise to provide supported employment opportunities to clients. 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 >

 
 

Rocks Green, Shropshire – Winner of a Sustainable Housing Award 2009

Rocks Green is a development of 91 new affordable homes at Ludlow. The development was commissioned by South Shropshire Housing Association who was keen to maximise its environmental rating.

The association teamed up with woodfuel specialist, Econergy, to design an acceptable woodfuel district heating scheme that would meet both the carbon reduction target and the budget. More >