News March 2018: A beastly reminder about our need to
you affected by the Beast from the East, the strong easterly flow
that brought bitterly cold winds and snow to most parts of the UK,
including the West Midlands? I was on holiday in western Scotland
when the first beast struck, smug that I experienced no lying snow
and that the wind chill was a mere minus eight degrees, as opposed
to minus thirteen in Birmingham.
my smugness did not last, as I ended up being stranded for an extra
day due to conditions further south and ferried around in
alternative forms of transport, all at my own cost, as the trains
had been brought to a standstill. But my inconvenience was nothing
compared to those of us who genuinely suffer during extreme weather;
the homeless and people with long-term illnesses, for example.
why are we not better prepared? We are often affected by a variety
of extreme weather events. Last week’s excellent Flood & Coast conference in
Telford, convened by our members the Environment Agency,
showcased many examples of good practice where organisations are
adapting infrastructure, services and people to climate change. Yet
we are still finding an endemic lack of national preparedness,
reflected in our recent publication Fit for the Future II that shows
that the majority of Local Enterprise Partnerships are not at all
prepared for the impacts of increasing extreme weather, despite
evidence of the economic damage they cause.
can provide the building blocks to help your organisation become
better prepared for climate change; for example, we recently developed a resilience plan for Birmingham
and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and used the Climate Just tool to pinpoint
vulnerable locations and individuals.
infrastructure is a simple measure that can help alleviate flood
risk and provide cooling during heatwaves, which is why we are
particularly delighted to announce that Boningale GreenSky, green roof
experts, are the winners of our recent membership competition.
you now have the opportunity to directly contribute to our aims
around climate adaptation and wider sustainability issues as we are
currently recruiting for two roles: an Office Administrator (deadline 20
April) and a Volunteer Communications Officer
(deadline 30 April). We look forward to your application!
Alan Carr, Sustainability Adviser, on behalf
of the SWM Team
- By 30 March 2018. Greater Birmingham
& Solihull LEP is looking for proposals to its Sustainable Urban Development programme.
£11m of ERDF is available.
- By 9 April 2018. Clarion Housing
Group Community Grants Programme
awards £1,000 to £5,000 to charities and community groups benefiting
- By 31 May 2018. Veolia
Environmental Trust grants are for not-for-profit groups in
the vicinity of a Veolia site supporting natural, social and the built
- By 18 April 2018. The Government is
looking for ideas for the third wave of the Industrial
Strategy Challenge Fund, focusing on industrial and societal
- By March 2019. SMEs can obtain free energy audits and 40%
grant funding towards energy efficiency measures in Greater
Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country areas.
- Transforming food production, to meet the growing
food demand, the Government has announced £90 million of funding for
businesses, researchers and industry.
Since 1 April 2017, we have promoted £600 million of accessible funding.
Upcoming SWM and member events
- University of Birmingham is hosting the
launch of the Regional Energy Policy Commission
on 28 March with Energy Capital.
- Coventry & Warwickshire Green Business Programme have a two-day course on 4 and 5
April introducing the basic elements of 3D BIM development
- Coventry & Warwickshire Green Business
Programme’s business support
event is on 11 April helping develop your business through
- MEBC are running an access to finance event on 11
April helping SMEs find affordable finance to support
sustainable growth or invest in resource efficiency.
- Coventry & Warwickshire Green Business Programme,
intro to energy management systems
event is on 19 and 20 April to gain an understanding of ISO
- Aston University are running a
workshop on ISO14001:2015 for SMEs, aiming to equip you to change and improve your
organisation’s environmental management.
- Energy Systems Catapult’s transforming places
through clean growth event is on 19 June to engage local
authorities in mapping future local energy.
- SWM and Encraft are developing the
energy strategy for Stoke and Staffs LEP and are running two
stakeholder workshops in April; contact us for more details.
A full list of our members is on our website.
Other SWM and member updates
- SWM supported Energy
Capital with a Regional Energy Strategy Engagement
event on 6 March, hosted by our members Energy Systems Catapult.
- SWM with Public Health
England ran an event on 8 March for
our health networks: Inspiring Behaviour Change. Among the
speakers was our member Integral View.
- SWM and The Innovation Alliance convened the latest
Innovative Low Carbon Working Group
meeting on 15 March.
- SWM contributed to a
recent blog written by the Innovation Alliance focusing on sustainable construction and innovation.
- WMCA: SWM has been busy progressing activity on
energy, air quality, buildings, business, operations, natural
environment and the new local industrial strategy.
- WMCA, SWM and partners
will formally report progress to the first WM Combined
Authority Environment Delivery Board after the May local
- The Innovation Alliance is recruiting a project manager for the
Consortium for the Demonstration of Intelligent Systems
- Mott MacDonald are searching for a
new Senior Environmental Consultant
to join their team in Birmingham.
- Keele University are offering
businesses in Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire fully funded expert support on the
smart energy and low carbon economy.
- SHAP has a membership offer allowing you
to contribute to their vision of all domestic dwellings being
energy efficient, resilient, affordable and comfortable.
- Energy Systems Catapult has lots of
exciting job opportunities open; check them out!
- MEBC has opened
applications for its Business Awards, which
showcase excellence in the Low Carbon and Environmental
- Cenex’s LEVEL initiative is
offering a free online course to
provide knowledge of electric vehicle charging infrastructure,
procurement, instillation and management.
- Cenex is looking for expressions of
interest from prospective speakers for its forthcoming annual
Low Carbon Vehicles Conference.
- SWM has been supporting
North Warwickshire and Hinckley College with its
sustainability agenda; contact us to find out how we
can do the same for you!
- SWM spoke at last
week’s Flood and Coast event,
convened by members Environment Agency, about our analysis of LEP progress on
- Fit for the Future Network 2017 Impact Report has been
released which states how its 102 member organisations generated
48.5GWh of electricity through renewables.
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- Sustainable Development Goals. A study looks at
challenges that companies face when trying to achieve the SDGs as well as
the benefits of achieving these goals.
- Climate Action Network West Midlands are holding six workshops
addressing transport, food, energy, housing, employment and
- Lighting Industry Academy are running a lighting for businesses event
on 17 April in Telford, aimed at SMEs offering support for
implementation of lighting systems.
- BESST’s back-2-basics
breakfast meeting on 18 April will include award winning case studies on
carbon and energy management, natural capital enhancement and
- Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s Annual Corporate Event on 2 May reflects on the
Government’s Clean Growth Strategy and how businesses can
- The Sustainable Estates Forum for estates teams & suppliers
in higher education, healthcare, leisure, retail, commercial
& residential sectors is on 21 and 22 June.
- NHS Sustainability Awards 2018 Shortlist. Congratulations to
Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust who have been shortlisted for three different awards.
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