‘Working towards a Smarter Future – We have the technology, but how can we change?’ – September 2010

Purpose of the presentation

Sustainability West Midlands held this event on 9 September 2010 to inform organisations about the benefits of smarter working and living.

The following presentations were given and are available to download as one document from the right-hand side of this page:

  • A low carbon future: WE can make it happen- Professor Julia King CBE FREng, Vice Chancellor, Aston University, Member of the Committee on Climate Change, and West Midlands ‘Green Leader’
  • Cultural Change – is it better for people and better for business? – Professor Quentin Leiper CBE, Group Chief Engineer, Carillion plc, and West Midlands ‘Green Leader’ – Script available to download.
  • Behaviour Change and Smarter Working – Dr. Martin Reeves, Chief Executive, Coventry City Council
  • Third sector & communities – Richard Davies, Director, Marches Energy Agency, and West Midlands ‘Green Leader’
  • Smarter Working West Midlands – Tim Luft, Programme Director, Smarter Working West Midlands
  • Further support available to organisations in the West Midlands – Dr Simon Slater, Executive Director, Sustainability West Midlands

The objectives of the event were to:

  • Emphasise the importance of behaviour change in helping a shift towards a more sustainable and low carbon West Midlands.
  • Offer clear signposting to the help available.
  • Map the route forward in the context of a changed political, organisational and economic landscape.

Relevance to the region

These presentations include many good practice examples from the private, public, voluntary and education sectors across the West Midlands which anyone wanting to reduce their organisation’s or home’s environmental impacts could use to help them to save money and reduce carbon emissions.

What SWM liked

We like that there are a wide-range of West Midlands organisations which already have made considerable progress. There is a great deal of transferable good practice within the presentations.

Links and contact information

For further details please email enquiries@swm.org.uk or call 0121 202 3265.


To view and/or obtain a copy of the presentations and resources from this event, please contact enquiries@swm.org.uk.