CLAD Catalyst Award

Introducing the CLAD Catalyst Award!

This year, you could be in the running to receive an award unique to the Carbon Literacy Action Day – the CLAD Catalyst!

The CLAD Catalyst is an initiative where we recognise and celebrate those who go the extra mile for Carbon Literacy, and therefore for climate change.

Three organisations and/or trainers, who display the best examples of catalytic Carbon Literacy, will receive a badge of special recognition for their dedication to tackling climate change.

To be in the running for the CLAD Catalyst award, all you have to do is:

  • Plan and deliver catalytic Carbon Literacy training for the Action day.
  • Tell us in your post-event survey, that you’ll receive on December 4th, how you’ve met our theme of Bigger Better Bolder, and what impact your training will have.

What will the CLAD Catalyst win?

  • A unique CLAD Catalyst logo to recognise your commitment to Carbon Literacy and climate change.
  • Credits to your Carbon Literacy account to go towards further catalytic work.
  • A promotional pack to help promote your award.

Bigger Better Bolder

In order to tackle climate change at the rate at which science demands, we need to continue educating people all across the globe at speed. That’s why this year, we’ve brought in the theme of Bigger Better Bolder, where we ask you to do something extraordinary for your Carbon Literacy training this Action Day, so we can have the greatest impact possible in the race against climate change.

Going bigger, better and bolder means going the extra mile for Carbon Literacy and for climate change, and running courses in a way you typically wouldn’t. So get creative, think outside the box, and consider how you can catalyse the impact of your Carbon Literacy training, and consider ways that your training can have a higher, longer-term impact.

How can you meet our theme for 2023?

This will look different for every training provider that delivers a course on the day, but to help you think big, here are a few ideas of how you can meet our theme for 2023.

  • Bigger training, more courses, more trainers.
  • Better quality of training, learner interaction and engagement.
  • Bolder impact, action planning, audiences, and climate action as a result.

To be in the running for the CLAD Catalyst award, all you have to do is:

  • Ensure you are registered to take part in the Action Day.
  • Work with our team to plan and deliver catalytic Carbon Literacy training.
  • Tell us in your post-event survey, that you’ll receive on December 4th, how you’ve met our theme of Bigger Better Bolder, as well as the impact your training will have.

Will you be one of our 2023 CLAD Catalysts?

2022 Winners

"We need to face up to this major challenge, partly because of the health and quality of life of our own residents. We want to clean up the air that they breathe, we want to reduce the use of plastic that's cluttering our rivers and our green spaces. We want to put Greater Manchester in a position of leadership on this crucial issue that will shape the 21st century, but if we are to succeed it does require radical action now."

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

“We were looking for a training course that would ensure all staff received the same level of environmental understanding, for a reasonable cost. Carbon Literacy fit these criteria perfectly”.

Great Places Housing – Platinum CLO

"Having completed the Platinum Level of the NUS Green Impact Scheme, we felt becoming a Carbon Literate Organisation was a natural progression for us in order to showcase having a strong commitment to environmental sustainability."

Manchester Museum – Gold

"We want all our staff, board members, and potentially some residents to be Carbon Literate so they can understand their own carbon footprint, then develop actions in their homes and in the workplace to reduce it."

Robin Lawler, CEO of Northwards Housing

You can't necessarily on a day-to-day basis see the impact of climate change but all these things are happening and they're things that have implications for our survival. [With Carbon Literacy] people are consistently coming away with that understanding and, critically, with the motivation to do something about it … they leave the room pumped and ready to go.

Richard Smith, Sustainability Manager at the BBC – CLT

"I've been working in renewable energy and sustainability for several years, so when I went on the Carbon Literacy program, I thought, "well, I wonder what it will teach me?" And I came back inspired and driven to carry on spreading the message. I saw how valuable it was and that, if it can talk to professionals that work in the sector but also engage at a level for people that have maybe very little understanding of [climate change], to be able to have a training program that speaks across the board was just so powerful. And so I was very keen to become a trainer myself and to pass this on throughout my council. So, yes, I highly recommend it!"

Naomi Wise, Sustainability Officer at Winchester City Council

"The actions of individuals can and do make a difference. Learners who have completed a days’ worth of approved Carbon Literacy learning can be certified as Carbon Literate and we believe this training, this deepening of awareness, is a valuable tool in helping us to become a greener organisation."

Libby Sutherland, Environmental Manager at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

“As a sector with stewardship and community at our heart, we have a responsibility to understand what is happening to our planet, take positive environmental action and engage with our communities in this process.”

Kaye Hardyman, Museum Development North West

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