Great Places awarded recognition for Carbon Literacy excellence

Great Places has become the first housing association in the country to be awarded Carbon Literacy Training Organisation status!

We have been granted the status by the environment charity, the Carbon Literacy Trust in recognition of our excellence in training and commitment to helping others go green.

As well as being the first housing association in the country to be given the award, we are just the third organisation in the UK to be granted the status.

It’s a real success story for our experts in the Carbon Literacy field – who are now delivering training on how other housing organisations, and even businesses from other sectors, can train their staff and improve their own carbon footprint.

The Carbon Literacy Trust operates in Greater Manchester and beyond, however we adapted the CLT model to make it our own.

Sarah McClelland is our Environmental Manager, who leads a team of three, delivering the training and spreading the word about going green across the business.

She said: “It’s a real accolade for the business. Really great news. We began a pilot back in 2013 and now Carbon Literacy is a two-stage interactive training programme which is mandatory for all Great Places employees. 

“The training focuses on energy, carbon and greenhouse gases and helps participants to understand how they can reduce carbon emissions both at work and at home. 

“It is about being efficient. Energy, water, waste and travel are the four key targets for us – we direct colleagues to these, then discuss how they can reduce their footprint in each area and how that can help themselves, the business and our customers.

“We have trained colleagues, people from other housing organisations, all sorts of people from different sectors and different business throughout the UK and in Europe – and we want to continue to grow.”

Carbon Literacy Project Co-Founder, Phil Korbel, said: “Great Places were the first housing organisation in the world to deliver Carbon Literacy. They have not only set the pace for their sector but have also influenced other areas such as the NHS and local government. Their training has been of consistently high quality with the extra edge of coming from the heart – the award is very well deserved.”

We offer the opportunity for companies to participate in Carbon Literacy training to find out more and assess if it will work for them.

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