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 >

 
 

Sustainable Supper notes – November 2011

The purpose of our Sustainable Suppers series is to gather people together informally to discuss key sustainability issues within the West Midlands. The focus of this supper was skills which is one of SWM’s seven priorities and the subject was discussed in one of the workshops at our conference in October.

The aim of this evening was to get a group of sustainability leaders from a range of backgrounds to use their knowledge and experience to add to further discussion on issues around this subject. More >

 
 

Sustainable Supper Notes – June 2011

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 28 June 2011- was the question: The Big Green Society? How can we harness the big society and localism to benefit the green economy? More >

 
 

Birmingham’s Carbon Savings Annual Report 2010/11: Review of progress 2008-2011

As part of its Local Area Agreement (LAA) Birmingham City Council committed to reducing carbon emissions between 2008 – 2011 by including National Indicator 186 (NI186) as one of their priorities.

Birmingham City Council selected NI186 which refers to a reduction in the per capita carbon emissions because sustainable energy is important to the city. This requires the council to reduce emissions across all sectors in the city. More >

 
 

If the West Midlands were 100 people…

This purpose of this presentation by former communications intern Anna Waston from Sustainability West Midlands is to show what the West Midlands would be like if the five million residents were represented as a village of 100 people. More >

 
 

West Midlands Roadmap to a Sustainable Future in 2020

To provide a one page summary bringing together our work on the challenges faced by the West Midlands, our report ‘West Midlands Sustainability Priorities to deliver the Low Carbon Vision 2020’ and our vision document, ‘A low carbon vision for the West Midlands in 2020’. More >

 
 

Sustainability West Midlands Submission on the Draft Birmingham Core Strategy 2026

A report to identify how well the strategy delivers key sustainability priorities for the West Midlands and Birmingham. This draws on a range of work SWM and its members have been involved with within Birmingham over the years and seeks to support the strategy and where there are areas of potential weakness suggest other evidence, examples, and solutions. More >

 
 

Sustainable Supper notes – March 2011

Sustainability West Midlands is running a new series of ‘Sustainable suppers’. The aim of these events is to bring a group of 15-20 relevant people from across sectors together under ‘Chatham House rules’ to discuss a topic led by a guest speaker. They are informal, offering people the chance to develop ideas freely over dinner. More >

 
 

‘Voices from the future 2020: How will we eat?’ – January 2011

These presentations were given at an event entitled ‘Voices from the future 2020: How will we eat?’ on 26 January held by Sustainability West Midlands (SWM) with key speaker Professor Tim Lang, City of London and Sustainable Development Commission.

The purpose of these presentations is to discuss the challenges and opportunities that surround the future of our food supplies and particularly where our food will come from with a West Midlands response from Sandwell’s Ideal for all project representatives, Helen Sneyd and Veronica Barry. More >