Green Gown Awards 2019 - Manchester Metropolitan University - Winner

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Manchester Met’s recognition of the conflict between carbon reduction and internationalisation agendas has led to a novel institutional response to compensate for international student air travel in the form of a Carbon Literacy living lab.   

Carbon Literacy for Students (CL4Ss) is an ongoing and evolving project, where 822 students and alumni from Manchester Met are now equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to lead the world to a fair and sustainable future. This is evidenced by formal certification from the Carbon Literacy Project (recognised by the United Nation as one of 100 global ‘Transformative Action Projects’).  The CL4Ss training is largely delivered by students (who are paid to do so) upon completion of our Train the Trainer programme.  

Our student trainers reported an enhanced sense of responsibility to take action on climate change, enhanced team working, leadership and communication skills, and increased confidence. 

Top 3 learnings:

  • Student trainer are as effective, if not more effective than staff trainers. 
  • Marketing is key: Ensure you allocate sufficient time and money on promoting your training initiative.  
  • Celebrate your achievements: We organise a CL trainers awards ceremony every year to celebrate our student trainers’ success. 

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