Birmingham Energy Strategy – Evidence Base

This report provides the evidence base to develop Birmingham’s first energy strategy. This is also of use to other cities producing similar strategies as the expert advice on scenarios, priorities, and review of global good practice is very transferable. More >

 
 

SWM – Sustainability Definitions

The world of sustainability consists of a variety of terms ranging from the philosophical to the technical. In our resources we seek to explain the relevant terms within the text, footnotes or through a glossary. However the entry level for many of our customers is through the introduction, as well as the project and report pages of our website. More >

 
 

Executive Summary – Building Business Resilience Programme

In 2012-13 the West Midlands Climate Adaptation Partnership, Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) and Staffordshire Business Environment Network (Sben) undertook the second year of the ‘Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate’ project with the Environment Agency. The main aims of the project were to build on the successful work of the pilot phase and continue to raise the profile of business in the West Midlands by delivering in depth climate change resilience workshops, promoting good practice examples, and working directly with businesses and their supply chains. The following document evaluates the project in summary. More >

 
 

Sustainable Supper notes- April 2013

The purpose of our Sustainable Supper series is to gather our members, Green Leaders and guests together informally to discuss key sustainability issues within the West Midlands. The focus of this sustainable supper – held on 30 April 2013 – was the question ‘Food Security: What does it take to feed our towns and cities in the West Midlands?’ More >

 
 

Sustainable Supper notes – December 2012

The purpose of our Sustainable Supper series is to gather our members, Green Leaders and guests together informally to discuss key sustainability issues within the West Midlands.

The focus of this Sustainable Supper – held on 4 December 2012 – was the question: Bioenergy – Friend or foe for sustainability in the West Midlands? More >

 
 

West Midlands Low Carbon Investment Prospectus

The purpose of this report was to highlight the collective strengths in the low carbon economy across the six Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the West Midlands and the scale of low carbon investment opportunities. More >

 
 

Sustainable Supper notes – June 2012

The purpose of our Sustainable Supper series is to gather our members, Green Leaders and guests together to informally discuss key sustainability issues within the West Midlands.

The focus of this Sustainable Supper – held on 20 June 2012 – was the question: How can West Midlands leaders integrate the natural environment and biodiversity into their work, both from a policy and practical point of view? More >

 
 

Low Carbon Procurement Guides

The following documents were produced as part of our Low Carbon Economy Programme, focusing on procurement for local authorities. They draw together current good practice guidance on sustainable procurement with specifications developed for catering, IT, built environment and vehicles. The documents are intended to be used as guidance for reference purposes by procurement staff and other professionals. More >

 
 

How Green is your Local Enterprise Partnership? A guide for LEPs to deliver the low carbon economy

The Local Growth White Paper (October 2010) states that Local Enterprise Partnerships will provide the clear vision and strategic leadership to drive sustainable private sector-led growth and job creation in their area. The White Paper outlines potential roles of LEPs and specifically highlights the important role that they can play in helping to develop the low carbon economy to contribute to the local economic growth and job creation. More >

 
 

Sustainable Supper notes – March 2012

The purpose of our Sustainable Supper series is to gather our members, Green Leaders and guests together informally to discuss key sustainability issues within the West Midlands.

The focus of this Sustainable Supper- held on 14 March 2012- was the question: Will an elected mayor help or hinder the sustainability of cities? More >