SDRN Case Studies

Explore our database of real world examples of innovative sustainability initiatives here. Use the left sidebar to filter case studies by theme.

LOCATION: Bristol

AIM: This is not a discrete initiative but a system-wide approach with a number of elements, some of which are of project status but the aim being to mainstream i.e. embed sustainable development and environmental sustainability in all council business. The case study, written up in more detail by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), focuses especially on the Health and Social Care (HSC) directorate.

STATUS: Ongoing.

Sustainable Clothes Swishing

By SDRN on 14th February 2013

LOCATION: UK-wide.

AIM: The concept of ‘swishing parties’ is to reduce waste through swapping unwanted clothes for those unwanted by other women, rather than throwing them out.

CloudsEnd CIC’s De-Clutter Bus Project

By SDRN on 20th December 2012

This case study is courtesy of Sustainability West Midlands.

Award: Business in the Community West Midlands START Award 2011 – Most Innovative New Product or Service.

Organisation: CloudsEnd CIC is a community interest group set up in 2010 to help individuals, social services, housing associations and landlords to tackle hoarding situations.

Status: Ongoing.

Northfield Ecocentre

By SDRN on 7th October 2012

This case study is courtesy of Sustainability West Midlands.

Award: Business in the Community West Midlands START Awards 2011 – Low Carbon Communities.

Organisation: Northfield Ecocentre is a Birmingham based charity inspiring local people to live a greener life.

CloudsEnd CIC’s De-Clutter Bus Project

By SDRN on 24th September 2012

This case study is courtesy of Sustainability West Midlands.

Award: Business in the Community West Midlands START Award 2011 – Most Innovative New Product or Service.

Organisation: CloudsEnd CIC is a community interest group set up in 2010 to help individuals, social services, housing associations and landlords to tackle hoarding situations.

Status: Ongoing.

Aston University Go Green Awards

By SDRN on 24th September 2012

This case study is courtesy of Sustainability West Midlands.

Award: Highly commended – Business in the Community West Midlands START Awards 2011 – Engaging Employees in Sustainability

Location: Aston University

Background: In order to raise awareness of the issues surrounding sustainability and improve their environmental performance Aston University has made efforts involving staff to ‘Go Green’.

This case study is courtesy of Sustainability West Midlands.

Award: Business in the Community West Midlands START Awards 2011 – Engaging Employees in Sustainability

Principal Maria Gilling is a Sustainability West Midlands Green Leader.

Organisation: Walsall Adult and Community College offers hundreds of courses and qualifications, ranging from GCSEs, IT courses, NVQs and Apprenticeships, through to independent skills training for life and work. They work with around 8,000 learners each year.

The Bromley by Bow Centre

By SDRN on 15th August 2012

LOCATION: East London.

AIMS: To support families, young people and adults of all ages to learn new skills, improve their health and wellbeing, find employment, and develop the confidence to achieve their goals and transform their lives.

Spice

By SDRN on 15th August 2012
Spice is a social enterprise focused on the use of time-credits as a means for facilitating the inclusive delivery of mainstream public and community services. Initially established as the Institute for Community Currencies at the University of Wales, primarily working in the Welsh Valleys, the initiative has since expanded, along with their sister organisation, ‘Timebanking Wales’. The decline in the mining industry across South Wales resulted in the exclusion of many individuals and communities from the market economy, leading to widespread disengagement, weakened social capital and growing social problems. The Spice initiative aims to rebuild the relationship between such communities and agencies. Agencies encourage community members to actively deliver community services, run community cafes, transfer learning, run support groups, after-school clubs, bingo nights and comedy events etc; every hour ‘donated’ by an individual to such activities is an hour which can be used to access other community events, trips and services of personal salience.

Green Streets

By SDRN on 18th June 2012

LOCATION: 14 communities across the UK.

AIM: To use a competition-based challenge to encourage participating communities to save and generate energy and to engage the wider community in energy citizenship.

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