CLAD Catalyst Award

Maximising Impact

Our theme for 2022

In order to tackle climate change at the rate at which the 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 maximising impact, where we ask you to maximise the impact of your Carbon Literacy training this Action Day, so we can have the greatest impact possible in the race against climate change.

Maximising impact 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 maximise impact?

Maximising impact will look different for every training provider that delivers a course on the day. To get your creative juices flowing, here are a few ideas of how you can maximise the impact of your training this Action Day.

  • Run multiple, or bigger courses
  • Use extra facilitators to increase the capacity of your course – we can assist with this!
  • Open your course up to the wider sector, local community or a geographical area. By doing this, you can introduce Carbon Literacy to a wider audience (within the scope of your course accreditation), and even give people who might not otherwise be able, the opportunity to do Carbon Literacy
  • Train senior members of staff, including managers, directors, board members, or those with greater authority and influence
  • Train parent, child or sister companies, for organisations that typically operate as a group
  • If you’re an organisation, or if you train an organisation, that has offices around the world, you could take Carbon Literacy to a brand new location. 

So, how will you maximise your impact for the Carbon Literacy Action Day?

Introducing the CLAD Catalyst Award!

By maximising your impact for the Action Day this year, you could be in the running to receive a brand-new award, unique to the Carbon Literacy Action Day – the CLAD Catalyst!

The CLAD Catalyst is a new 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.

That’s right, there will only be three winners of this special award that is available just once a year!

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 November 7th, how you’ve maximised your impact and what impact your training will have.

When the results from the Action Day are in, and we know exactly how each organisation and trainer has maximised the impact of their training to deliver Carbon Literacy in a truly catalytic way, we’ll begin to narrow down our finalists, and soon after, announce our winners!

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.

Will you be one of our first CLAD Catalysts?

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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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