ecobirmingham is here to help create a sustainable city
A city where air pollution is a thing of the past, not a current problem. A city that is powered by renewable energy and where homes are energy efficient. A city that always reduces, then re-uses, then recycles what it consumes. A city where we have access to nature and can learn about our place in the world. A city who’s citizens demand a better approach from businesses such as tackling unnecessary plastic waste. A city we can all be proud of and which leads the way in how to live a simpler life with respect for the planet.
We exist to affect that social change and the transition towards a low-carbon and sustainable lifestyle. By inspiring and supporting communities and organisations across Birmingham to take positive action, we will demonstrate that building low carbon communities brings benefits, opportunities and well-being to everyone, whilst protecting our environment. Whether it’s learning to ride a bike, gaining skills in food growing, raising awareness of local issues or contributing to the debate in the city – we will help you along your journey.
Created in 2009 as Northfield Ecocentre, a project of Central England Quakers, we became an independent charity in July 2018, allowing us to grow our work across the city. Our work continues to be inspired by the Quaker values of equality and justice; peace; truth and integrity; simplicity and sustainability.
Through our projects, we give people the tools to take positive action and help others do the same. We look at sustainable living holistically and our core areas of work cover: Transport, Food, Education, Waste, Water, Arts Engagement and Energy.
We contribute to debate and engage in projects that are relevant and tangible to the people who live in the city such as air pollution, plastic waste, food poverty and fuel poverty. We do this through delivering grass roots activities, events and programmes that engage, educate and stimulate communities and volunteers; supporting, advising, challenging and training organisations and influencing wider social change through dissemination, partnerships, research and internships.
Based in the urban heart of Northfield, Birmingham, our office base, Northfield Ecocentre, is packed full of energy saving, environmentally friendly features (such as solar panels, a green roof and an air source heat pump). It is also home to Cycle South Brum, our cycling initiative.
Impact Report 2018/19
Our 2018/2019 Impact Report can be viewed on Issuu here. It can also be downloaded here. This charts the activities and impact of our first nine months as ecobirmingham, from July 2018 to the end of March 2019.
You can view our Annual Report and Accounts on the Charity Commission website.
northfield ecocentre Annual Reports
Wherever possible we work with other organisations to make sure we have a bigger impact protecting our environment. Partnerships can be strategic, financial or based on donating support in kind and volunteering. Some of our partnerships include:
Greener Birmingham Coalition
We Chair the Greener Birmingham Coalition, working with environmental organisations across the city to encourage change at a structural and systemic level, placing the environment at the top of the agenda across business, political and economic sectors. We remain committed to taking a lead in how the city can act more sustainably, supporting Birmingham City Council to take practical action after declaring a Climate Emergency, and working with city and regional partners to ensure the Commonwealth Games in 2022 are as sustainable as possible.
Move More Eat Well
Over 2017-19 we will be part of a consortium delivering health focused services to residents, schools and businesses in the wards of Longbridge, Cofton, Northfield and Rubery. Move More Eat Well partners include Health for Education Service, Sustrans, Garden Organic and Sport Birmingham. Sign up to the Move More Eat Well newsletter here to find out more and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
Climate Action Networks
We are part of the Climate Coalition and Climate Action Network West Midlands. Climate Coalition is the largest group of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the environment and the world’s poorest communities. Climate Action Network West Midlands is working to help all of us take action to protect our climate and show that every action counts. Why not switch your energy supplier to a greener solution. As part of the Big Switch, Climate Action Network will receive funds to support local climate action projects so get switching now here.
Northfield Community Partnership & Stakeholders Group
We work closely with the partnership to build strong sustainable communities across the area and are a founding member of the Northfield Stakeholder group . Find out about the work here: www.visitnorthfield.co.uk
We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the people and organisations that help us deliver all of our activities and make a change to the world.
Some of regular and recent funders include:
Central England Quakers Area Meeting, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Wesleyan Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Heart of England Community Foundation, The Harry Payne Trust, Transport for West Midlands, Birmingham City Council, Children in Need, The Grant Foundation, The W F Southall Trust, The Keith Coombes Trust, The CB and HH Taylor Trust, W A Cadbury Trust, George Cadbury Trust, Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Trust, Edward Cadbury Trust, Comic Relief, Veolia, The Eveson Trust, The George Fentham Trust and Arts Council England (non-lottery).