Great Places scoops two awards in recognition of climate change work

Great Places Housing Group took home two trophies at the second Carbon Literacy awards, in recognition of its work to promote climate action, within its own business and the wider business community.

The Group received a Gold award and Carbon Literacy Training Organisation status at a ceremony at Greater Manchester arts venue HOME on 21st March.  The awards acknowledged the organisation’s commitment to delivering a day’s worth of climate change training in line with the Carbon Literacy Project’s approach to city-wide culture change.

The Training Organisation status also recognises Great Places among the leading Carbon Literacy trainers in the country. Since the launch of its training, the Great Places Team has delivered training and consultancy to a range of organisations including Salford’s clinical commissioning group, Oldham Council, and Galliford Try, many of whom were recognised at the event.  

Carbon Literacy Consultant, Christopher Price said:

“The award recognises the important work of the team in raising awareness of the challenges of tackling climate change and the importance of working together to challenge existing cultures and practices.  Carbon Literacy Training encourages people to think seriously about the subject, and to explore practical changes that they and their businesses can make to reduce their carbon footprint.  I’m incredibly proud of the ambitious commitments to reduce carbon emissions from everyone we’ve trained to date.”

The Great Places Environmental Manager, Sarah McClelland, said “Carbon Literacy is a core part of the Great Places culture, with all new staff going through the training when they start with the organisation.  I’m over the moon to be recognised as world leading Carbon Literacy Trainers, having delivered courses to over 50 organisations this year both in Manchester and as far afield as Amsterdam and Bonn.”

Great Places Carbon Literacy Training Team offer a range of training courses that aim to help businesses to develop practical steps in order to reduce their carbon footprint. For more information contact christopher.price@greatplaces.org,.uk or call 07929 666343

Notes to editors:

  1. The Carbon Literacy project enables employers, educators and communities to empower their people to act on climate change through a day’s worth of action-based learning.It has been recognised by the UN and works across seven nations from its base in Manchester.
  2. Great Places hold regular ‘Carbon Literacy for Interested Organisations’ courses, enabling small numbers of staff to go through the training.
  3. For training enquiries, contact Great Places on 07929 666343.
  4. More details about the project can be found at www.carbonliteracy.com
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