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Following the sad loss, last May, of David  Middleton, who had been the main organizer of this event for the last 5 years , we were all determined to deliver a great event to honour David’s huge contribution and celebrate his tireless work on sustainability over the last 25 years and I think I can say he would have been pleased

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We were delighted with the turnout despite the challenges of post COVID and a petrol crisis to contend with . Attendees had the opportunity to network, share knowledge and exchange experiences in tackling the climate crisis.

I do hope you will be able to join us for the event in 2022 ……. date to be announced

Programme

Registration and refreshments from 08:30 am

09:15 – Event Welcome – Chair – Professor Martin Freer Birmingham Energy Institute University of Birmingham

John Firth – Senior Director, Climate and Resilience Hub  Willis Towers Watson

‘A tribute to David Middleton ’ 

09:30 – 11:00 Session 1 – Setting the Scene – The Challenge and the Local, Regional and National perspectives

 Jonathon Porritt CBE – Co- Founder – Forum for the Future

‘Steering a Sustainable Path between Technophilia and Technophobia’.

Marie Dunn- Head of Development Policy– Birmingham City Council

‘Birmingham’s Route to Net Zero Carbon – The Journey so Far’

Paul Dockerill – Director of Energy and Programme Management – whg

‘Carbon Zero – The Challenge for Social Housing & Communities’

Nik Mckiernan WaterAid 

‘Climate change is water change’

11:00 – 11:30  Refreshments , Networking and Exhibition

11:30 – 1:00 Session 2 – Climate Change Mitigation in Action – hear from organisations delivering change or helping others to do so.

Professor Zoe Robinson Professor of Sustainability Keele University

‘Response and responsibility: the role of universities in a more sustainable future’

Aaron Carlisle Business Support Director Soltherm/SMS Group

Sustainability & The Challenges for Delivery’

Beverley Nielsen  – Exec. Director Institute for Design, Economic Acceleration & Sustainability (IDEAS) BCU

‘Green Gas Biomethane and its role to zero negative outcomes’

Bob Sherman – Harbury Energy Initiative

‘A rural response to a global crisis’

Rosemary Coyne SHAP Co-ordinator and Warmer Homes ERDF Compliance and Coordination Project Manager at Connexus

‘Low carbon futureproofing in the age of Aquarius’

Phillip Ward – Chair  RSA Sustainability Network

Do we have what it takes to be Good Ancestors?’

Jonathon Porritt to announce  the Winner of the David Middleton Sustainability Award

Rolling presentation to be shown over lunch

1:00  – 2:00 – Lunch , Exhibition and Networking

2:00 –  Session 3

Colin Hewson Principal Consultant Tribe Culture Change Ltd

Creating momentum for change – lessons from industry’

Workshop Sessions  – Aim – To create the content for a ‘Communique  to WM public and private sector representatives to take to COP on behalf of the conference

Afternoon Chairs  Chris Crean – Regional Campaigner – Friends of the Earth & Jules Todd  Founder Nocomoto

2 sessions of 40 mins

Close 4pm – Tea/ Coffee to be available but no official ‘break’

A few Comments made after the Event

What a great conference

How much I enjoyed the day and the excellent presentations.

There was a real feeling of camaraderie, and I for one now realise how important those face-to-face events are to replenish the energy levels to feed the dogged obstinacy Jonathon P talked about

Congratulations on a fantastic conference. Brilliantly organised, fantastic networking and very informative

Great tribute to David’s unstinting commitment to meeting the environmental challenges.

It was an excellent event and great to reconnect with “long lost” friends and colleagues!

WOW – what a great day

Enlightening – interesting including some staggering factoriums

Fantastic news re the £5k for Water Aid = BRILLIANT.

My first ‘real-time’ conference for a very long time,and it reminded me what we’ve all been missing!

David has not left us – his legacy is strong.

it was stimulating and great opportunity to listen, learn, discuss, engage and meet like-minded professionals

Sponsors and Supporters

whg

We are privileged to provide affordable homes, quality services and support to people across the Midlands.  Climate change will inevitably become an even more pressing issue as the world heats up so the commitment to significantly reduce our impact is vital as homes have a major impact on the environment – this is particularly pertinent to our older homes.  Our portfolio of corporate and communal property, fleet and grey fleet also has a significant environmental impact as a result of the need to consume energy and fuel.  We have made a commitment to develop a road map to achieve carbon neutral status.

We also see the importance of maintaining the ISO14001 Environmental Management Standard as a bench march for overseeing organisational compliance with all applicable legislation and monitoring the progress being made to achieve our environmental objectives.  We are delighted to continue with our active support and sponsorship with the conference.

https://www.whg.uk.com/

Birmingham Energy Institute – University of Birmingham

Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI) is developing and applying technological innovation, original thinking and new ways of working to create sustainable energy solutions and support the regional, national and global transition to a zero carbon energy system.

We are driving change in the way we deliver, consume and think about energy. Bringing together interdisciplinary research from across the University of Birmingham and working with government, industry and international partners our research is solving societal issues and addressing energy challenges.

ATETA, the European Regional Development Funded SME support programme from the Birmingham Energy Institute is helping organisations overcome obstacles and unlock business opportunities. Since its launch in 2017 it has offered advice and support to more than 160 businesses.

ATETA promotes research and innovation in the adoption of low carbon energy technologies for SME’s active in the Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Areas.

Website:  https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/energy/research/ateta.aspx

Contact: Dr Emily Prestwood, Development Manager, Birmingham Energy Institute

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/energy/index.aspx

Email: Evelyn Phoenix, ATETA    Business Engagement Officer e.phoenix@bham.ac.uk

Sureena Sohal, ATETA Project Manager

s.sohal.1@bham.ac.uk

Keele University

Keele is helping to change the world for the better by engaging in cutting-edge research. We’re tackling some of society’s most urgent challenges, including ageing, global health and renewable energy.  Keele has been recognised as a leader in sustainability in higher education through a number of awards and accreditations.

It has been named Global Sustainability Institution of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony to celebrate sustainability in Higher Education.

This success reflects Keele’s commitment to embedding sustainability across all of its campus operations, including in its research, education, operations and community engagement.

https://www.keele.ac.uk/

Soltherm External Insulations Ltd/Surefire Management Services LTD

Soltherm are producers of the highest quality EWI and thermal insulation systems in the world. We have been manufacturing products in house on the most advanced production line in Europe for more than 25 years.

We are engineering led with a R&D department unique to the EWI industry. With an ongoing commitment to innovation and improvement we have produced a fully certified A1 fire rated system and have a 75 year approved system to name but a few.

SMS procurement services are designed to bring genuine efficiencies to work programmes without sacrificing the level of choice and compliance you expect. SMS provide a robust framework and consultancy services to deliver excellent quality retrofit work across the UK.

SMS offer a full turnkey package from writing and submitting any bids to delivering the works. Working with homeowners and local authorities to make their homes warmer and smarter whilst improving energy efficiency.

www.soltherm.eu

www.surefirems.co.uk

RSA

The RSA, the royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce. We’re committed to a future that works for everyone. A future where we can all participate in its creation.

The RSA has been at the forefront of significant social impact for over 260 years. Our proven change process, rigorous research, innovative ideas platforms and diverse global community of over 30,000 problem-solvers, deliver solutions for lasting change.

One of our current key areas of work is around regenerative futures, which focuses on facing the challenges of climate change, inequality and environmental degradation, we know to simply sustain is not enough. We want to see a world where people and communities harness their potential to be sources of health and regeneration for all life on earth.

Because people and planetary needs are intertwined, our problem solving should be too. We need to regenerate.

www.thersa.org

EXHIBITORS

Birmingham Energy Institute – University of Birmingham

Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI) is developing and applying technological innovation, original thinking and new ways of working to create sustainable energy solutions and support the regional, national and global transition to a zero carbon energy system.

We are driving change in the way we deliver, consume and think about energy. Bringing together interdisciplinary research from across the University of Birmingham and working with government, industry and international partners our research is solving societal issues and addressing energy challenges.

ATETA, the European Regional Development Funded SME support programme from the Birmingham Energy Institute is helping organisations overcome obstacles and unlock business opportunities. Since its launch in 2017 it has offered advice and support to more than 160 businesses.

ATETA promotes research and innovation in the adoption of low carbon energy technologies for SME’s active in the Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Areas.

Website:  https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/energy/research/ateta.aspx

Contact: Dr Emily Prestwood, Development Manager, Birmingham Energy Institute

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/energy/index.aspx

Email: Evelyn Phoenix, ATETA    Business Engagement Officer e.phoenix@bham.ac.uk

Sureena Sohal, ATETA Project Manager

s.sohal.1@bham.ac.uk

Keele University

Keele is helping to change the world for the better by engaging in cutting-edge research. We’re tackling some of society’s most urgent challenges, including ageing, global health and renewable energy.  Keele has been recognised as a leader in sustainability in higher education through a number of awards and accreditations.

It has been named Global Sustainability Institution of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony to celebrate sustainability in Higher Education.

This success reflects Keele’s commitment to embedding sustainability across all of its campus operations, including in its research, education, operations and community engagement.

https://www.keele.ac.uk/

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EbikeBrum

EbikeBrum is a not-for-profit West Midlands based e-bike specialist and supplier including an extensive range of traditional bikes and equipment. Our range of bikes include MTBs, Hybrids, Gravel Bikes, Road bikes, TT-Bikes and the latest state-of-the-art training equipment. We have developed strong relationships across the West Midlands to make cycling accessible to all from complete beginner to the seasoned athlete. Profits from our bike sales allow us to develop free cycling activities to youth groups to active aging. We have a dedicated cycling café in North Birmingham, The Cobble, were cyclists and members of the community are welcomed to enjoy the finest Italian coffee and relax in our bike-friendly environment. Our latest projects include NHS e-bike staff loans, introduction to cycling for women, youth e-bike MTB rides, youth football virtual training as well as several rides per week free to join from our café in North Birmingham.

Www.Ebikebrum .com

David Middleton Books

Why David wrote his 4 novels?   In the widely acclaimed documentary film by Leonardo DiCaprio, “Before the Flood”, both former President Obama and the late astronaut Dr Piers Sellers said there is a dire need to inform and educate the public about climate change

Before he retired as CEO of the UK branch of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and of the Midlands Environmental Business Club, the UK Midlands’ major business network on sustainable development, David spent nearly 25 years trying to promote the subject of climate change amongst other key challenges confronting our species.

Having retired, he found a new vehicle to promote his feelings and concerns about the issues facing our planet. He turned to writing Bond-like thrillers with a different sustainability theme running through each one . They are a weave of truth and fiction. Please support his lifetime efforts

Website: https://www.davidmiddleton-author.com/books

We are delighted to be able to offer 3 of the books  here at the conference. At £8 each or all 3 for £20. An excellent Christmas Present for anyone interested in Sustainability . Please bring cash

Repc

Established in 2003, Repc Ltd is a social enterprise that specialises in repurposing IT equipment for reuse in communities across the UK, reducing digital poverty and protecting the environment by preventing unwanted electronic equipment from ending in landfill.

We collect unwanted IT from government departments, business, and organisations, providing secure data wiping, certification, and audit reporting before repurposing the equipment for reuse by our most vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals.

Digital poverty existed before COVID19, and it will exist after the pandemic.  However, lockdowns helped to expose the severity of the problem, particular among deprived communities. In response, Repc are now working with more partners to provide more IT resources to a wider range of social needs , including tackling  loneliness and isolation among the elderly, veterans and people with disabilities, students from disadvantaged backgrounds seeking further/higher education or wanting to improve their chances of employment.

You can find out more about our services or become a donor on our website

www.repcltd.co.uk

Nocomoto

We want more people to cycle more often in every town and city, because it’s great for the wellbeing of both riders and communities.  And yet, many people choose not to cycle.  So, we asked what people really need / want from everyday urban transport.  The result is Evolv365 – a personal vehicle which is safer, more comfortable and more practical than any other bike.  In personal or cargo bike configuration, Evolv365 can slash your carbon emissions and costs per mile.

With support from Innovate UK, Warwick Manufacturing Group and University of Birmingham we are developing pre-production prototypes.  Currently seeking manufacturing and business partners, investors and early adopters

RSA

The RSA, the royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce. We’re committed to a future that works for everyone. A future where we can all participate in its creation.

The RSA has been at the forefront of significant social impact for over 260 years. Our proven change process, rigorous research, innovative ideas platforms and diverse global community of over 30,000 problem-solvers, deliver solutions for lasting change.

One of our current key areas of work is around regenerative futures, which focuses on facing the challenges of climate change, inequality and environmental degradation, we know to simply sustain is not enough. We want to see a world where people and communities harness their potential to be sources of health and regeneration for all life on earth.

Because people and planetary needs are intertwined, our problem solving should be too. We need to regenerate.

www.thersa.org

Soltherm External Insulations Ltd/Surefire Management Services LTD

Soltherm are producers of the highest quality EWI and thermal insulation systems in the world. We have been manufacturing products in house on the most advanced production line in Europe for more than 25 years.

We are engineering led with a R&D department unique to the EWI industry. With an ongoing commitment to innovation and improvement we have produced a fully certified A1 fire rated system and have a 75 year approved system to name but a few.

SMS procurement services are designed to bring genuine efficiencies to work programmes without sacrificing the level of choice and compliance you expect. SMS provide a robust framework and consultancy services to deliver excellent quality retrofit work across the UK.

SMS offer a full turnkey package from writing and submitting any bids to delivering the works. Working with homeowners and local authorities to make their homes warmer and smarter whilst improving energy efficiency.

www.soltherm.eu

www.surefirems.co.uk

Energeo

Energeo create unique data for Towns and Cities that need to reduce emissions, generate clean energy, improve air quality, or deliver Electric Vehicle infrastructure. By digitally studying the as-built, urban environment – using sources such as satellite imagery – the most beneficial locations to deploy low carbon technologies such as solar, wind, heat pumps, and EV charge points are automatically identified. This geospatially driven, non-intrusive approach reduces initial surveying costs and accelerates the intelligence gathering process, enabling stakeholders to focus on the biggest impact and most beneficial decarbonization scenarios both environmentally and financially.

Energeo’s clients include Oxfordshire County Council, BCP Council, London Borough of Lambeth Council, East Lothian Council, Milton Keynes Council, National Grid, Sovereign Housing Association, Vivid Housing, and more.

https://www.energeo.co.uk/#1

GHG Insight/Sustainability Vision

Sustainability Vision Ltd is a software developer and consultancy specialising in products and services that support environmental sustainability. Our lead product, GHGi Analytics, is a cloud-based data collection, analysis & reporting software service, for energy use and GHG emissions. It is aligned with the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard and fully meets the requirements of ESOS and SECR (The UK’s Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) legislation).

It helps take the pain out of tracking your Net Zero strategy and managing Science Based Targets.  Our experienced consultants have been providing services in the area of carbon emissions reporting since 2009

www.ghginsight.com

Big Solar Coop

The Big Solar Co-op is a national energy co-operative using a new model for community-owned solar on large rooves without the need for subsidies. Community Energy Birmingham has partnered with the Big Solar Co-op to establish their first Local Node.

We install solar panels on buildings with no capital investment required from the site owner. The site owner benefits from reduced energy bills and carbon emissions

We are recruiting a part-time Community Energy Local Coordinator to kickstart the Birmingham Local Node. Visit our website for more details.  New volunteers are always welcome, including those with limited time available. We offer regular training sessions for designing solar arrays. Visit our website to sign up.

If you are a site owner, or you can put us in touch with the owner of a suitable roof, please use the self-referral tool on our website or send us an email.

Websites: bigsolar.coop      communityenergybirmingham.coop

Email:  info@bigsolar.coop               enquiry@communityenergybirmingham.coop

Ecolec

Ecolec have been designing, manufacturing, and developing state-of-the-art electric heating systems in the West Midlands, England for the last 24 years. To help preserve the environment, and as part of its sustainability policy, Ecolec offer a Do Not Scrap return to-base full refit and refurbishment service.

A simple to install wireless controlled heating system for home and commercial applications. Perfect for public areas, offices, corridors, bathrooms, showrooms, shops, nurseries, schools, retirement homes and healthcare

Energy Confidence with Phil Beardmore

Do you need expert help with:

-energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in your home or business?

-making the business case for decarbonisation within your organisation, or externally to funders?

Are you an emerging environmental leader?  Or have you recently taken on responsibility for environmental sustainability in your organisations?  My Environmental Leadership Coaching Programme could be for you.

Take the next step towards turning your good ideas into a workable low-carbon project – www.energyconfidence.co.uk

Watch my video here – https://youtu.be/G1SfY9LjicI

Phil is truly an expert in his field. I can understand why most people around the West Midlands choose to go to Phil for energy-saving consultancy. Phil has a thorough understanding of energy conservation and sustainable living. Would highly recommend.”  Nathalie Rush, MD, Six Star Insulation.

Website: www.energyconfidence.co.uk

Email: phil.beardmore@energyconfidence.co.uk

Ramboll

As ‘Sustainable Society Consultants’ responsible business conduct and sustainable practices have been part of Ramboll’s DNA since the company’s inception. Today these principles are an integral part of Our Mission and services and are formalised through our systematic work with the UN sustainable development goals.

We are dedicated to taking a leading role in sharing best practices and creating value for clients by delivering solutions that are environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. We have also committed to ambitious targets to maximise our own sustainability performance and set the industry benchmark.

Ramboll has decades of proven experience creating liveable and sustainable places across the world. From city and district-wide masterplans to liveability solutions at a street or building level, we help clients shape attractive places that prioritise people, nature and prosperity.

www.ramboll.com

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WASUP

WASUP – World Against Single Use Plastic was founded by

Professor Gatrad OBE, a Consultant Paediatrician. It has 4 principles:

  • Raising awareness
  • Education
  • Litter-picking
  • Putting pressure on corporates to decrease plastic in their supply chain.

WASUP is attached to many organisations including the community brand of the Commonwealth Games, the Miss England Pageant, Lions Clubs and many corporates such as Lendlease Ltd. In the ‘Let us make a spectacle’ campaign, discarded but reusable plastic glasses from opticians are collected and sent to various poor resourced countries. Over a dozen countries are involved with WASUP including India and Pakistan. Prof Gatrad has given talks to well over 100 schools, corporates, and faith organisation locally, regionally and internationally about the dangers of plastic entering our food chain. WASUP has hundreds of volunteers up and down the UK and has carried out over 100 canal cleaning events and hundreds of street litter picking events.

The Story of 3 Plastic Bottls was created by Professor A T Gatrad OBE DL – Founder of WASUP and Suzanne Kalloghlian.

The aim being to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic  – a useful starting point for class discussions and also maybe a stocking filler for those with young children.

Normally retails at £5.99 but available at the conference for £5

Whg

We are privileged to provide affordable homes, quality services and support to people across the Midlands.  Climate change will inevitably become an even more pressing issue as the world heats up so the commitment to significantly reduce our impact is vital as homes have a major impact on the environment – this is particularly pertinent to our older homes.  Our portfolio of corporate and communal property, fleet and grey fleet also has a significant environmental impact as a result of the need to consume energy and fuel.  We have made a commitment to develop a road map to achieve carbon neutral status.

We also see the importance of maintaining the ISO14001 Environmental Management Standard as a bench march for overseeing organisational compliance with all applicable legislation and monitoring the progress being made to achieve our environmental objectives.  We are delighted to continue with our active support and sponsorship with the conference.

https://www.whg.uk.com/

David Middleton Sustainability Award

David Middleton sadly passed away in May 2020. David was a stalwart supporter of the Sustainability movement for many years. He helped launch the Midlands Environmental Business Club in 1991 and was also the CEO of the UK Branch of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Even after retiring in 2013 David continued to demonstrate his enormous enthusiasm and passion for Sustainability including setting up and running the annual Sustainability conference in Birmingham and writing a series of 4 fast moving adventure stories with central themes based on various elements of sustainable development.

David’s colleagues and friends in the sustainability industry, together with his family, established this award in his memory. The David Middleton Sustainability Award was presented to recognise and encourage similar passion, enthusiasm, and outstanding commitment to sustainable development.

We are delighted to announce the Inaugural Winner of the David Middleton Sustainability Award is

Professor Rashid Gatrad OBE

In 2017 Rashid founded WASUP – World Against Single Use Plastic. WASUP  is now global with Ambassadors in many countries, such as India and Pakistan.

WASUP is attached to many organisations such as  the Miss England Pageant and the Commonwealth Games – the latter is raising   WASUP’s profile in 53 Commonwealth countries.

WASUP has 4 principles:

Raising Awareness, education, litter picking and putting pressure on the plastic supply chain. Rashid  has given talks to well over 200 schools, many corporates and faith organisation  locally, regionally and internationally about the dangers of plastic entering our food chain.

WASUP has carried out over 40 canal cleaning events (with many companies e.g. McDonalds, Travis Perkins etc) and innumerable street litter picking events. Celebrities such as the Para-Olympian multiple gold medallist Ellie Simmons have joined him. WASUP is ‘volunteering at its best’.

During the Pandemic there has been a slight change in direction towards WASUP Gardens for schools and communities.

Children in schools will come to learn about biodiversity and what is needed for plants to grow, and also appreciate and respect the environment with a long-term view on understanding sustainability.

Rashid has driven these projects single handedly and relentlessly and inspired hundreds of volunteers.

Runners Up

Tony McNally

Tony has been active for nearly 30 years attending the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 and been involved planned events with  Savers and then led on Local Agenda 21 before setting up Climate Change Solutions in 2004.

Climate Change Solutions has gone on to hold many conferences, including  the annual UK International Hydrogen and Fuel Cells conference helping to create the network of linked businesses working on this rapidly emerging technology.

When Heart of England Community Energy was formed, Tony stepped forward to be a Trustee and remains in that role today. He is also a Board Director of Graduate Planet CIC. He now concentrates on running events in Coventry and helped to put together the CovCAN group, bringing together students, citizens, politicians, activists and anyone concerned about climate change to discuss how to encourage others to make changes that will help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

Prof Lynsey Melville

Professor of Environmental Engineering at BCU and leads the Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering research group established 2010 and since then the group has generated over £2million in research income The group works with over 40 partners internationally and operates from two state of the art laboratories at Millennium Point The focus is on accelerating the adoption of environmentally sustainable and commercially viable energy from biomass.

David Horsfall ( represented by his  brother Rob Horsfall)

David has been a pioneer in his contribution to the net zero transition of the City of Birmingham. In 2008 he  established, , Tyseley Energy Park, TEP. The site has become the home of the Birmingham Biomass Plant, a 10 MW source of green electricity in East Birmingham. This was Phase 1 of the development. Phase 2 was a low emissions, low carbon, refuelling station which is home of the UKs largest publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations to support the procurement by Birmingham City Council of hydrogen buses and the development of the Clean Air Zone.

TEP is a beacon of excellence in the journey of the City of Birmingham towards net zero. It demonstrates what can be achieved with great vision, ambition, determination and drive. David’s constant optimism and enthusiasm has driven the journey

 

The Award

The Awards themselves also have a story, as they were made by Sid Turner M.A. Artist, Sculptor, Photographer   , specifically for the event. The main award  is based on a ‘Drop of Water’ as David had highlighted in one of his books the potentially catastrophic impact  of climate change on the supply of fresh water in many parts of the world.

Within the Drop , Africa, has been cast from recovered tin and silver from electronics. This then forms the main element of the Award. The base references the rest of David’s 4 books , the fallen King, the global currency and the cobalt blue ores with the central well further referencing  Water Aid

The runner-up  awards  reference the damage our lifestyle has had on the environment, from donated clothes ending up in monster landfill in Africa and ultimately in the Sea and exported electronics at end of life on a far off shore, burnt for the copper content whilst the recyclable rarer elements are scattered into the environment

David Middleton – The Background

David Middleton was given the opportunity, at the age of 20, to become a news reporter on the weekly local newspaper, the Walsall Observer. He spent a few years in local newspapers and radio before becoming a motor sport photo journalist. Via time in commercial PR he moved into the world of exhibitions and conferences which took him across Europe, Japan and the USA. In 1988 he had his ‘green epiphany’ standing on a  bridge in Pittsburgh. In 1991 he helped launch the Midlands Environmental Business Club (M.E.B.C.), a business group dedicated to the subject of sustainable development. He was it’s CEO and was Secretary General of TURF – The Urban Renewal Foundation . He also later added the role of CEO of the UK branch of the World Business Council for Sustainable Developments to his activities.

He retired from those responsibilities in 2013 and then become involved in various projects including the annul Sustainability conferenece. In August 2017 he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce.

In ‘retirement’ he also starting writing fast moving adventure stories with the central themes based on various elements of sustainable development in the hope this might be an effective vehicle by which to carry important messages to as wide an audience as possible. Titled

The Final Shah Mat

The Acionna Projects

The Hwang Solution

Cobalt!

 

David sadly passed away in May 2020 , he will be sorely missed by his family, friends and all those in the sustainability movement

Car Parking

Please note  although there is onsite parking available it is not guaranteed due to the nature of the estate. If the Tally Ho car park is full, please park in the MAC pay and display car park ( Cannon Hill Park ) which is  within walking distance of the venue with both pay by phone & cash. To access the MAC exit the Tally Ho and turn right into Bristol Road. Turn right at the traffic lights and turn second right into the MAC car park. Drive to the end. On the right is a small gate which leads into the Tally Ho car park, and then  it is just a short walk to the venue.

 

Entrance to the actual conference is via the glass doors with a plaque for the Lord Knights Suite. Please do not enter via the doors badged Conference centre which leads to their reception and offices.

Postcode

The postcode is B5 7RN

Travelling to the event

See link below for full details of all travel options

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List of Delegates from 2019 Details of the David Middleton Sustainability Award

If you want further information on the sponsorship opportunities and exhibiting please  contact

Jacqui Staunton
jacqui.staunton@climate-change-solutions.co.uk
07866552833

We are proud to support WaterAid as our chosen charity. You can find out more at www.wateraid.org’.

The David Middleton Sustainability Conference is supporting WaterAid to honour David’s tireless work on Sustainability. It’s unbelievable that in the 21st century 785 million people don’t yet have access to clean water. WaterAid aims to change lives with clean water. David recognised this vital issue with one of his novels highlighting the serious impact of Climate Change on Water Supply (The Acionna Projects ) . The conference is free to attend but donations to this great cause in David’s name would be gratefully received.

Link to the Just Giving Web Page Below

We would like to thank our Sponsors ( Walsall Housing Group, University of Birmingham, Keele University and Soltherm SMS)  for their support which enables us to offer this event free to delegates. The RSA Local Area Team are also supporting the conference

Details

Date:
Sep 28, 2021
Time:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Event Tags:
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Organiser

Climate Change Solutions
Phone:
07866552833
Email:
jacqui.staunton@climate-change-solutions.co.uk
Website:
www.climate-change-solutions.co.uk

Venue

Tally Ho Conference & Banqueting Centre
Pershore Rd
Birmingham, West Midlands B5 7RN United Kingdom