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Displaying Good Practice Examples with the topic: Carbon reduction
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 >
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 >
Briar Associates investigated the feasibility, then designed and project managed procurement and installation of a roof mounted PV array and replacement of existing gas boilers with a biomass and efficient gas boiler solution. More >
Greenpad is an enterprise ran by Staffordshire University’s Student Union, which has been set up in order to help improve the sustainability of Staffordshire University students and the world around them, in particular around accommodation. 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 Penkside Project was set up as a multi-agency partnership to address a range of socio-economic and environmental challenges in the Penkside (Silkmore, Rickerscote and Meadowcroft) area of Stafford. 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
The Coventry Partnership brings together key players in Coventry to address important issues. Tackling the causes of climate change will be a focus for attention in 2010. Whilst individually many partners have been identifying carbon footprints, setting targets for reduction and drawing up action plans, the picture for Coventry as a whole is still unclear. If a common process and format can be agreed, a clearer picture of local emissions can emerge together with a shared sense of vision and a forward plan. More >
Keep Shropshire Warm (KSW) was a collaboration between Marches Energy Agency, all Shropshire local authorities and the Shropshire Partnership. KSW was established in 2007 following a successful bid to DEFRA’s Community Energy Efficiency Fund (CEEF). KSW was established to tackle the growing rate of fuel poverty across the county and raise awareness of the issues households faced through rising fuel costs. More >
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 >
Holy Family is a very large voluntary-aided Catholic Primary School with over 400 pupils situated in the Kersley area north of the City of Coventry. They achieved their 1st Green Eco-school Flag in June 2008 and are working towards their second Green flag. More >
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 >
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 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.
Harper Adams University College used an online forum to ask for a solution to their waste packaging problem and found that Ricoh UK Products could help them. This is an example of how organisations can work collaboratively to become more sustainable. Even small one-off solutions can save money and be better for the environment and we hope that organisations which do not have extensive environmental processes in place can take inspiration from this. More >
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 >
WWRD United Kingdom Limited, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire is a leading provider of luxury home and lifestyle products sold under a number of well-recognized brands, including Waterford, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Royal Albert, Minton and Johnson Brothers. More >
Smart Eco Power Systems is a fledgling business with great ambitions to make their mark on the local renewable energy sector.
Founded by co-directors of Midland Electrical Fire and Security, Martin Cornes and Richard McCredie, it specialises in renewable electrical generation systems which provide power to the public sector, commercial and domestic market. More >