SWM News June 2020 - Let's talk sustainability
After an initial hiatus of sustainability activity at the start of the lockdown associated with COVID-19, we are now seeing a surge in activity, with much of this following a common theme: supporting individuals to act in a more sustainable way by improving their ‘carbon literacy’ and making information and advice easily accessible. This all contributes to ‘green recovery’ which is the ambition as we look to support the economy coming out of lockdown.
SWM and many of our members and partners have been leading the way in these areas for some time and we have lots of resources that can help you.
At a national level, we have been working with the Committee on Climate Change to advise on how the next UK Climate Change Risk Assessment can be more accessible to government, its primary audience. We’ve also been supporting the Heritage Fund since March 2018 and recently delivered a webinar for their staff and applicants for their funding.
Locally, we’re working with various organisations to help their teams embrace sustainability and contribute to internal objectives and targets. We recently delivered a webinar with our members West Midlands Combined Authority and Mott MacDonald, discussing how we can ‘Raise ambition and improve stakeholder engagement using the SDGs‘. We hope that the 50+ attendees went away with some ideas for action.
We’re working with various local authorities including Wolverhampton and Worcester to help engage internally and externally on their sustainability strategies and action plans. We recently delivered an online webinar for a large business in Warwick aimed at showcasing personal action on sustainability.
We’re encouraged to see so many organisations investing the time and money in supporting their people to both understand why sustainability is important to all of us, and also to take action and achieve sustainable outcomes.
There are many more examples on our website which we hope to provide useful information for anyone wanting to support their teams and organisation.
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Anna Bright, Chief Executive, on behalf of the Sustainability West Midlands Team