SWM News March 2019 - Youth Action and our Young Director
the world climate change is becoming ever more the centre of
discussion. We’re seeing the response of the younger generations,
who are unsatisfied with the actions, or lack of, from current
SWM we believe it's essential that young voices are heard. We
reserve space on our board for a ‘Young Director’
and introduced this position three years ago. We have since
worked with hugely successful and dedicated individuals such as
Ruth Corral and Matt Beveridge, who has just
finished his time as our second Young Director. We are very pleased
to announce that we have this week recruited our third Young
Director, Christopher Brown. Christopher
is Energy and Active Travel Officer at Herefordshire Council
and will a fresh perspective on governance at SWM.
also provide opportunities for to students to work alongside us,
developing their skills and understanding as well as their passion
for sustainability. This is a route I chose, starting with
volunteering and subsequently securing my full-time position of
Sustainability Adviser. I am now helping to develop our visions and goals by updating
our Roadmap and spreading our message and reach as far as possible.
our full comment and learn
about other opportunities for young people in the West
Midlands as well as some of the inspiring individuals and
campaigns that have driven action.
Hendy, Sustainability Adviser, on behalf of the SWM Team
- By 17
April. An SBRI competition
is providing the opportunity for organisations to
demonstrate innovations on the railway in relation to
improving resilience and environmental impacts.
- By 18
government’s FleX competition supports
the development and demonstration of innovative solutions to
value and trade flexibility and this latest
call focuses on energy.
- By 25
April. There are
various Horizon 2020 calls open at
present focusing on the development of battery technologies.
- By 1 May. Highways
England is investing up to £20
million for solutions that focus on how digital
technology can improve air quality on UK roads.
- By May
2019. SMEs can benefit from
the Keele Research and Innovation Support
Programme (KRISP) to help develop products,
processes or services.
- By June
in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent can benefit from a £5m funding pot
towards expanding business premises or renovating
October 2019. SMEs
can obtain free energy audits and 40%
grant funding towards energy efficiency measures in Greater
Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.
- By June
Worcestershire Natural Networks scheme aims to boost
biodiversity in an ERDF-funded venture which
includes SWM members Worcestershire County Council.
The Community and Environment Fund
is to provide benefits to communities along the route
disrupted by the construction of HS2.
BEIS funding of
around £162 million is available in industrial
research and innovation, including Carbon Capture, Use and
the past year we have promoted >£840 million of accessible
SWM and member events
- EnTRESS are
running an event on fire safety in buildings on
29 March at Stourbridge Fire Station to refresh knowledge on
building regulations and fire responsibilities.
- SWM are
supporting and speaking at the Act TravelWise event on 2
April at the University of Birmingham looking at sustainable modes of transport
for the university and healthcare sectors.
for the Future Network are
running "The UK’s Greenest Building tour"
on 3 April at the University of East Anglia looking at the
green technologies at the heart of the building.
West Midlands are
running an event for 16-25 year olds on 3 April to discuss volunteering opportunities for local
and Mosses Business Environment Network and CREST
are running a sustainable supply chains event
on 3 April in Shrewsbury looking at the lifecycle of products.
hosting the Women In Sustainability
network event on 4 April where our CEO Anna Bright
will offer insights and encouragement for women looking
to advance their careers.
City Council’s Green
Business Programme is running a breakfast on 9 April to
provide insight into how a business can become more green
and reduce energy costs.
of Birmingham will welcome Professor
Pierluigi Mancarella who will be exploring concepts
surrounding the provision of power system flexibility on
Housing Action Partnership is
running an event on 11 April looking at creating housing based around wellbeing
in the West Midlands.
- SWM are
exhibiting at the Public Sector Energy Event
taking place at the Emirates Stadium on 30 April, bringing
together key players in the energy sector.
are running an event
on 1 May to give businesses the opportunity to hear about electric vehicles and how
they could benefit the business.
and International Synergies are
leading a "resource matching" workshop,
bringing together organisations which could collaborate on
waste reduction on 16 May.
- EnTRESS are
looking for SMEs with initiatives to help
reduce waste at Wolverhampton Racecourse to
join them at their event on 23 May.
- sben is
hosting a plastic thinking event for
world plastic day on 5 June to encourage behaviour change
around plastic consumption and waste, and improving these.
is a partner in the Flood & Coast conference,
aiming to deliver excellence in flood management. We
will be exhibiting across all three days from 18-20 June.
is a partner and
exhibiting at the
sustainable buildings & estates
forum from 20-21 June, looking at how all
aspects of projects can be made more sustainable.
- SWM's members'
only Summer Social takes place on
25 June, hosted by Ricoh UK Products Ltd. The event will
provide exclusive networking and partnership development
is running a workshop on Clean Growth at this year's Venturefest West Midlands,
co-organised by our partners Innovation Alliance for the West
Midlands, taking place on 4 July.
- SWM will
be exhibiting at Recycling and Waste Management 2019
from 11-12 September, taking place in Birmingham and bringing
together industry experts to tackle business waste.
- SWM will
be exhibiting at Solar & Storage Live 2019,
taking place on the 17-19 September, gathering people from
across the sectors.
full list of upcoming events is available here as well as our full member
SWM and member updates
- SWM welcomes
new member Velorim Ltd, winner of our
2019 membership competition, looking to grow their bike
- SWM welcomes
new member Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust,
winner of our 2019 membership competition, looking to reduce
waste and create green space in their large healthcare
- SWM welcomes
new member Makematic, a business looking
to expand into the West Midlands with its UN SDG educational
- SWM welcomes
new young director Christopher Brown to the
board who joins us in this development position for one year.
- SWM would
really like to engage with you further on social media so
please follow our Twitter and LinkedIn pages for more
regular updates and engagements.
- SWM convened
the latest Innovative Low Carbon Working Group
meeting on Tuesday 19 March in partnership with the Innovation Alliance for the West
County Council are
looking to identify suitable organisations to undertake Energy & Resource Efficiency
assessments identifying opportunities for more
effective use of energy.
and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has
joined the Warp-It £100k club for their
work redistributing resources and reducing waste.
- MMBEN are
offering a number of sponsorship opportunities
to get involved with them at a wide variety of events with the
Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
City Council has
unveiled a new £20m funding programme for
small businesses from around Coventry and Warwickshire to help
grow their operations.
City Council has highlighted
how a Coventry business used grants
to become more environmentally-friendly and reduce costs.
introduced their One-Change campaign, aimed at
reducing single-use plastic produced by the business and by
consumers, and promoting recycling.
Systems Catapult are
running a smart heating/cooling innovator challenge, which is
open for SMEs to enter.
- Cenex are
currently advertising for a senior technical EV consultant
to take on a full time role in Loughborough, with travelling
as part of the job.
Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trusts are
currently advertising for a Volunteer Coordinator and a Finance
Flood & Coast Excellence Awards will
be held at the Flood and Coast 2019 Conference,
celebrating innovative projects that have tackled flooding
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