Universities and Colleges

Carbon Literacy Toolkits for Universities and Colleges


  • 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 brought together to deliver more effective training and better outcomes.

Development of the Universities and Colleges CL Toolkit 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 universities across England.

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.

Are they really free?

The Carbon Literacy Public Sector Universities and Colleges 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 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 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.

You may be granted rights to use the materials for commercial purposes beyond the current licence, but if you wish to do so please contact:

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.


Universities Generic Staff and Student Course

Available from October 2020
Free to use for qualifying organisations

Aimed at any staff member or student working or studying in a university environment without differentiating between roles.


Three pathways to 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

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

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

Produced in partnership with
Manchester Metropolitan University

Course development funded by
Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

Business Schools Course

Coming soon

Aimed at staff and students working or studying in a university business school environment.

Produced in partnership with
Nottingham Trent University

Senior Management and Leadership Course

Coming soon

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:

  • A university organisational email address
  • Which course 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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