Exergy – NewPack

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 >


‘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 >


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 >


Web-based Energy Case Studies Across the Dudley Borough

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 >


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 >


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 >


A Joint Celebration Event for schools in Coventry

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 >


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 >


Snitterfield Actioning Climate Change: West Midlands Low Carbon Economy Awards 2010

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 >