NewPack, a project based throughout Europe and due to end in 2021, is focused on the production of new bio-plastics based on PHB-PLA blends with improved sustainability performance. It is a project run by our new members Exergy. More >
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Displaying Good Practice Examples with the topic: Sustainable Energy
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 >
This first project was the installation of solar panels on The Malvern Cube, which has become a vibrant community centre. More >
This community energy scheme intended to produce green electricity to the local electrical grid and 20% of the domestic power use in the village of Neen Sollars and locally, More >
In Spring 2011 Southern Staffordshire Community Energy had the idea to help local community organisations to use renewable energy to lower the carbon emissions. More >
Leominster Community Solar aimed to generate clean, green electricity for local use and raise sufficient funds through a share offer. More >
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 >
Leominster Community Solar installed a 49kW solar array on the Bridge Street Sports Centre in Leominster. More >
The SNSC is a £48 million programme across the West Midlands aimed at cutting carbon, supporting economic growth and connecting residents to jobs. More >
In 2013, thirteen museums began a journey to a more sustainable future through the ‘Reducing Bills: Going Green’ programme. 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 >
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 >
The Dudley Climate Change group encourages people and organisations across the Borough to save energy, carbon and money, through a variety of mechanisms, communications and projects.
An example of this is Dudley’s Energy Heroes: an annual award scheme designed to recognise, reward and showcase good practice of energy saving and renewable energy generation from across the Dudley Borough. In order to showcase good practice and encourage more activity, the Dudley Community Partnership has developed an on-line facility which hosts relevant case studies in the Borough. More >
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 >
In 2007 Thomas Vale Construction was awarded the contract to build a new £5.9 million facility for St Luke’s Primary School in Wolverhampton. Since then a vision has been held to achieve the Passivhaus standard, a new and innovative standard of building for the UK. 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 >
In order to raise awareness of the issues surrounding sustainability and improve their environmental performance Aston University has made efforts involving staff to ‘Go Green’.
To achieve this goal, Aston has launched a number of campaigns and projects to try and raise awareness of sustainability-related issues. 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 >
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 >
Sustainability Team at Coventry City Council provided support to all schools in Coventry to become Sustainable Schools by 2020.
Eco-Schools (City Services and Development Directorate), Healthy Schools and School Travel Plans (Children, Learning and Young People Directorate), Sustainable Schools (Government Offices for West Midlands) More >
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 >
Snitterfield village is in the heart of Warwickshire. A thriving community with a wide range of amenities, including a nursery and primary school, shop, sports club, two churches and a pub. There are approximately 1400 residents.
SACC was formed in 2007. They are a community group tasked with responding to the global issues of climate change at local level. They are a group of eight dedicated volunteers who hold open monthly meetings in the village hall.
SACC looks for practical ways to engage with the village to promote initiatives and actions, focusing on carbon emission reductions. More >