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 >


AVFC Allotment project

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 >


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 >


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 >


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 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 >


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 >



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 >


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 >


Birmingham’s Climate Change Risk Mapping research programme

Birmingham City Council, the University of Birmingham, and the Birmingham Environmental Partnership (BEP) are undertaking new research to understand the impacts of extreme weather and climate change on Birmingham’s diverse communities. This work is using the latest remote sensing and geographical information systems (GIS) techniques to develop a practical tool to allow departments across the council and the partnership to target services in the most at risk areas and allow communities to build their own resilience to a changing climate. 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 >


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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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 >


Back2bikes – Winner of Stafford Borough Council’s Green Award Recommendations 2004 & 2005 and a Green Apple Award

Back2Bikes – supported by Government Office for the West Midlands, The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Stafford Council, Staffordshire County Council, National Grid, New opportunities fund and Social Economic Environmental Development programme.

Back2Bikes was originally set up by Stafford Borough Council as part of their Local Agenda 21 programme for sustainable development and is now managed by Stafford and District Voluntary Services (SDVS). More >