Social Housing

Carbon Literacy Toolkit for Social Housing


  • Carbon Literacy Toolkits have been developed to maximise the ease and speed of adoption of CL.
  • Other than local customisation, adopting a certified CL Toolkit eliminates course development and accreditation time and costs as barriers to adoption.
  • Toolkit development is supported by The Carbon Literacy Project, but as always, training materials are contributed, curated, selected and reviewed by representatives of the relevant sector.
  • Toolkit materials are kept up to date by sectoral experts and The Carbon Literacy Project.
  • This approach maximises the chances that organisations use the latest and best sectoral materials for them
  • As a result, ‘reinventing the wheel’ is avoided and the experiences of many are brought together to deliver more effective training and better outcomes.

Development of the Social Housing CL Toolkit has been funded by the Carbon Literacy for Registered Providers (CL4RPs) Consortium, and has involved contribution and donation of materials and testing and piloting by 11 different organisations working in social housing across England and Wales.

Key Questions

Who can gain access to use Toolkits?

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 in the view of the funders, the sectoral consortium, or The Carbon Literacy Project, 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 Toolkit materials or adapt them for new sectors or audiences should in the first instance approach 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.

How much does it cost to access the Toolkit?

The Carbon Literacy Social Housing Toolkit and all its components are covered by a Creative Commons Licence and this formulation of materials is Copyright © The Carbon Literacy Trust 2020.

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

In other words, the Social Housing Carbon Literacy Toolkit is for the delivery of certified Carbon Literacy training within recognised UK Social Housing Providers and can be used by their appointed training partners to do this. The only ongoing costs for usage are therefore those of certification for individuals, which is the standard £10 per participant for UK Social Housing Providers.

You may use these materials as a commercial product but ONLY to deliver certified Carbon Literacy training. You may not sell delivery of these materials outside of UK Social Housing Providers or to deliver training not intended to deliver certified Carbon Literacy. However, you may be granted rights to use these materials beyond the current licence. If you are interested in doing so, please contact the Project team via

Making the Case

One of the most common queries from individual housing providers is 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:

Naomi Wise, Sustainability Officer at Winchester City Council

Winchester City Council piloted the LAs Generic Staff Course with only two days between receiving it until delivery. How do you think it went?


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.


Making the Case

A helpful document to help you ‘make the case’ for Carbon Literacy training in your organisation.



Social Housing Generic Staff Course

Available Now
CL4RPs Members: Free / Non-Members: £2000

Aimed at staff working in a social housing environment without differentiating between roles.


There are three pathways to the science section (part 1) based on:

  • Carbon Literacy: Knowledge E-learning route
  • Sir David Attenborough, ‘Climate Change – The Facts’ film route
  • *Presenter-led: online or face-to-face workshop route

*Currently, only the online, presenter-led pathway is available. The other pathways will be available shortly.

All pathways are then followed up by a presenter-led, online or face-to-face, workshop (part 2).

Produced in partnership with
Great Places Housing Group

Course development funded by
Carbon Literacy for Registered Providers (CL4Ps) Consortium


Carbon Literacy Cartrefi Cymru Course

Available Now

Aimed at staff working in a social housing environment in Wales, without differentiating between roles.

Produced in partnership with
Great Places Housing Group
Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales

Course development funded by
Carbon Literacy Cartrefi Cymru (CLCC) Consortium

Find out more about the consortium and, if you’re part of a housing association in Wales, how to get involved, here

Leadership and Management Course

Coming Soon

Aimed at leadership and management staff working in a social housing environment. The Leadership and Management Toolkit enables all social housing leaders and managers to explore how they can provide leadership in the climate emergency and how climate change can be integrated into decision-making.

Residents Course

Coming Soon

Aimed at Residents living within a social housing environment.

"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

"Carbon Literacy was the first environmental training where we saw the benefit of getting every member of staff trained." "A key outcome from the Carbon Literacy training has been that people are now approaching the environment team to make improvements within their working environment."

Great Places – Silver

"Overall this has been a hugely positive experience, with staff still being training and passing their Carbon Literacy with flying colours on a regular basis."

New Charter – Silver

"Based on the commitments the staff made during the training, the estimated carbon saving is 77 tonnes CO2."

Northwards – Platinum

“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

"It’s really encouraging that since the training a lot of people are talking about reducing their carbon footprint and two people have told us that they have made the decision to change their cars off the back of the training.”

New Charter Group – Silver CLO

“Since the training has been completed our Green Energy Advisor has been inundated with requests from our teams to provide energy advice to our tenants... Based on the pledges the staff made during the training, the estimated initial carbon saving is 77 tonnes CO2.”

Northwards Housing – Platinum CLO

"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

Request a Course

To request one or more of the available courses for Social Housing, please Contact Us listing ‘Social Housing Toolkit’ as the subject. Please include the following:

  • A recognised social housing provider email address
  • Which course you are requesting?
  • Why you are interested in this particular sectoral course?

If you’d prefer not to use the contact form, please email us at


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