Aston University goes Plastic Free

The aim of this project was to reduce single-use plastic consumption on campus through a number of different means including encouraging behaviour-change such as encouraging use of reusable cups for hot drinks, encouraging tap water consumption, and not using balloons at graduations. More >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Wood Energy Strategy

The West Midlands Wood Energy Strategy sets out the West Midlands vision for wood energy and a strategy for action. The co-ordination for delivery of this strategy was actioned through the Wood Energy Task Group (WETG) which initially comprised of the original partners but extended to a wide network of policy makers and planners, installer and supply companies and woodland owners and managers. 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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Sudden Impact Computer Services Ltd

Employing 20 people, Sudden Impact specialises in the repair, servicing, supply and recycling of printers, fax machines, scanners and other electrical office equipment. Launched 18 years ago, it handles thousands of ‘end-of life’ machines a year. Now turning over around £1 million a year it has hundreds of reconditioned printers, plotters and scanners in stock at any one time for re-sale, exchange and short or long term rental. More >


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 >


Caplor Farm – Winner of a West Midlands’s C+ Carbon Positive Awards

Caplor Farm is practically concerned with approx. 600 acres of mainly arable cropping. Producing, cereals, potatoes, a fifth year local vegetable supply initiative and a small pedigree Hereford cattle Heard. Currently developing care farming activities, due to open April 2010.

Non farming business includes low cost residential and office lettings on the farm, lettings off farm including their own letting agency (currently 100 houses) and Portfolio in S Wales and small project in Poland. Building enterprise includes new homes, renovation and small scale domestic work. Important development of renewable energy installation, Caplor are able to design supply and install solar PV and Hot water in addition to air and ground source heat pumps. More >


Elmdon Park – Winner of a Green Flag award

Elmdon Park, Solihull has won a Green Flag award every year since 2002. It achieved a high score for its methods of environmental sustainability in energy and natural resource, conservation and pollution, not to mention working with Birmingham International Airport to prevent bird strikes. More >