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 >


Biomass Heating and PV retrofit

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 >


Penkside Community project

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 >


Chase Community Solar

CCS was set up with the intention to benefit and create value for the community by working with Cannock Chase District Council to help tenants in their housing stock reduce their energy costs. 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Warmer Worcestershire

The Worcestershire Strategic Partnership identified that fuel poverty targets in their Local Area Agreement were unlikely to be met and that extra funding would be required to drive this agenda forward. The bid proposed a thermal image fly over survey to identify heat loss from roofs of properties in Worcestershire (following on from the Wychavon thermal image two years previous). 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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >