Universities and Colleges

Carbon Literacy Toolkits and Courses for Universities and Colleges

Introduction

  • Carbon Literacy Toolkits and Sector-Specific Courses have been developed to maximise the speed and ease with which which Carbon Literacy can be adopted.
  • Other than customisation by the user institution, using a certified CL Toolkit or Sectoral Course eliminates course development and accreditation time and costs.
  • Toolkit and Course development is supported by The Carbon Literacy Project, but as always, training materials are developed, contributed, curated, selected and reviewed by representatives of the relevant sector.
  • Toolkit materials are kept up to date either by Course authors or by Toolkit sectoral experts  working with The Carbon Literacy Project.
  • This approach maximises the opportunity for organisations use the latest and best sectoral materials.
  • As a result, ‘reinvention of the wheel’ is avoided, and the expertise and experience of many brought together, to deliver more effective training, and better climate change outcomes.

Co-ordination and piloting of the Universities and Colleges sectoral Courses has been funded by The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) via The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), and has involved contribution and donation of materials and testing and piloting by a number of authors and universities.

Who can gain access to use Toolkits?

Sectoral Courses and Toolkits are designed for specific sectoral audiences, and content is matched to the needs of that sector. As such, materials are only released to organisations that correctly belong to that sector. This is not only because of the need to maintain the quality of Carbon Literacy by ensuring the appropriateness of the content, but because Toolkits are usually governed by Creative Commons licensing agreements and content is owned by contributors who have only given permission for its use, or commercially licensed it for use, in specific not-for-profit contexts. Training organisations or consultants wanting to adopt Course or Toolkit materials or adapt them for new sectors or audiences should in the first instance approach either the course authors directly, or The Carbon Literacy Project.

If you are an organisation that has not had contact with CLP before we will normally have a talk with you by phone or online to understand your plans and connect you up with other organisations and people that may be able to help you. We normally respond to course requests within one working day.

Are they really free?

The Carbon Literacy Universities and Colleges Courses and Toolkits and all their components are covered by  Creative Commons Licences and the formulations of materials are Copyright © the authors and/or The Carbon Literacy Trust 2020 respectively.

This toolkit and materials are designed and curated for, the purpose of certified Carbon Literacy training within UK Universities and Colleges and approved partner organisations. The contents are distributed free of charge and licenced (and in many cases sub-licenced) by many contributing organisations for that purpose only. The rights and copyrights of authors and contributing parties still apply.

In other words, the University and College Carbon Literacy Toolkits are free to use for the delivery of certified Carbon Literacy training within recognised UK Universities and Colleges and can be used by their appointed training partners to do this. The only external costs for usage are therefore those of certification for individuals, which is the standard £10 per participant for UK Universities and Colleges.

You may not use these materials to generate a new commercial product or sell delivery of these materials outside of UK Universities and Colleges or to deliver training not intended to deliver certified Carbon Literacy, unless permitted to do so by the copyright holders, see below.

You may be granted rights to use the materials for other purposes beyond the current licences, but if you wish to do so please contact the authors directly, or:

The Carbon Literacy Trust via education@carbonliteracy.com

Making the case

One of the most common queries from individual universities for advice and support persuading colleagues of the financial case for an organisation rolling out Carbon Literacy and becoming Carbon Literate; as well as for help, or useful materials, to make the initial case to colleagues to participate.

Here are some resources, free for you to use, to help you make that case:

The Carbon Literacy Project at Manchester Metropolitan University

Staff and student trainers and learners discuss their experience of undertaking Carbon Literacy training at Manchester Metropolitan University, and the impact this has had on them as individuals and for the planet.

 

Alice Webb, Director of BBC Children’s and BBC North

Presentation from the Greater Manchester Green Summit 2018. Alice speaks about the profound impact of Carbon Literacy training personally, and across the film and TV sector.

 

BBC Vox Pop

Staff members from a cross-section of the BBC reflect on undertaking Carbon Literacy training and how it’s changed the way they think and work.

Toolkits

MMU Carbon Literacy for Universities Course

Available from October 2020
Free to use for qualifying organisations

Audience
This toolkit has been designed to be accessible and engaging for all university members, and is equally suitable for academic or professional services staff, and for undergraduate and postgraduate students from any discipline.

Content
The course consists of 5 modules, each of which can be delivered either online (blended learning, with self-study elements and webinars) or face-to-face.

The Modules are:

  1. The Science of Climate Change
  2. Exploring Carbon Footprints
  3. A Zero Carbon World
  4. Our Wider Influence
  5. Taking Action

Modules 1, 2 and 3 are fully flexible between online and face-to-face versions (down to the activity level).  Modules 4 and 5 should both be selected from either the online or the face-to-face versions

Very useful [training] and absolutely necessary in order to make changes both individually and at the institution.”
– Anna Arveschoug-Harby, Global Partnership Unit Program Administrator at Manchester Metropolitan University

Authors
Created by certified Carbon Literacy Consultants, Rachel Dunk & Jane Mörk, Manchester Metropolitan University.

This formulation of the Carbon Literacy for Universities training materials is Copyright © The Manchester Metropolitan University 2020.  The Carbon Literacy for Universities training materials are licensed for re-use under a Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial – No Derivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). The copyright and this license do not apply to third party material incorporated in the Carbon Literacy for Universities training materials.  All third party materials, and their associated copyright and licensing information, are clearly identified within the toolkit.

Express permission is granted to The Carbon Literacy Trust to distribute the materials for use in the delivery of certified Carbon Literacy training.

NTU Carbon Literacy for Universities Course

Available from January 2021
Free to use for qualifying organisations

Audience
This course has been designed to be accessible and engaging for all members of staff and students at universities around the globe, and is equally suitable for academic or professional services staff, and for undergraduate and postgraduate students from any discipline.

Content
The course consists of 4 modules, each of which can be delivered either online (blended learning, with self-study elements and webinars) or face-to-face.

The Modules are:

    1. The Science of Climate Change
    2. Climate Justice and Future Scenarios
    3. Carbon Footprint Calculations
    4. Individual and Community Actions

“I really enjoyed the training and got a huge amount out of it. It is one of the best courses that I have ever sat and I am really looking forward to learning more.”
– Andrew O’Loughlin, Professor of Management, Federation Business School, Federation University, Australia

Authors
Created by Professor Petra Molthan-hill – Professor of Sustainable Management and Education for Sustainable Development; Dr. Alex Mifsud – Education for Sustainable Development; and, Vanessa Odell – Education for Sustainable Development Coordinator, of Nottingham Trent University.

Produced in Partnership With
The Carbon Literacy Project
Dan Jackson from Trace Production
PRME Champions
Students at Oikos International

Senior Management and Leadership Course

Coming soon

Audience
Aimed at senior leaders working in a university environment.

Produced in partnership with
Manchester Metropolitan University

Attending the interactive workshop not only made me aware of the impacts of my daily actions on the environment but helped me gain insight on how to evaluate the impacts businesses make on the climate. It also distinguishes me from other students when I apply for jobs.

Ayma Kazmi, Student at Manchester Met University

"Very useful [training] and absolutely necessary in order to make changes both individually and at the institution."

Anna Arveschoug-Harby, Global Partnership Unit Program Administrator at Manchester Met University

Becoming a Carbon Literacy Trainer has been one of the most rewarding experiences during my time at Manchester Metropolitan University, and one of the best opportunities for progressing my aspirations for a career in sustainability.

Helen Filby, Manchester Met University – CLT

The Carbon Literacy course has stirred passion within me and has added purpose to how I live. I believe if more people were educated on this subject, the more positive changes and community support we will see

Nikita Star, Student at Manchester Met University

"It is really worth attending [the training], both personally and professionally - you can make a difference!"

Sherry Clift, Programme Administrator at Manchester Met University

Request a Toolkit

To request one or more of the available Toolkits for Universities and Colleges, please Contact Us listing ‘University and College Toolkit’ as the subject. Please include the following information:

  • A university organisational email address.
  • Which Courses or Toolkits you are requesting.
  • Why you are interested in these particular sectoral courses.

If you’d prefer not to use the contact form, please email us at education@carbonliteracy.com

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