How do you become carbon literate?
According to the website of the Carbon Literacy Project, more than 65 020 people from more than 4 747 organisations are carbon literate. Carbon literacy may sound complex as a concept, but the path to becoming carbon literate is straightforward. The route just depends on whether you’re an organisation, an individual or a trainer.
As an individual, there are two ways you can become a certified carbon literate individual. The first is to complete a day’s worth of accredited learning. This must add up to around eight hours and can be in the form of e-learning, workshops or self-directed learning. In the case of the latter, this can be homework that a trainer has set you, for instance. A simple way to pursue your learning is with a carbon literacy course.
The second route is to organise your own carbon literacy learning. You can do this by speaking to a colleague, manager, chief executive officer (CEO) about implementing carbon literacy within the organisation, community or place of business. The next step is to contact the Carbon Literacy Project.
A carbon literate organisation (CLO) is one the Carbon Literacy Project has accredited as having shown a substantial commitment to developing a carbon literate workforce. There are four different levels of accreditation — Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze — each one representing a different level of commitment to carbon literacy by the organisation.
For an organisation to become carbon literate, they must first register a training initiative with the Carbon Literacy Project that meets training criteria. One of the organisation’s leaders must also be certified as carbon literate. Completion of these steps earns the organisation a Bronze accreditation.
From there, the organisation must visually promote its carbon literacy, publish a one-page case study and manage to develop carbon literacy in most of its workforce. It must also integrate carbon literacy into its performance management. This earns it a Silver accreditation.
To achieve Gold accreditation, the organisation must pick two of the following actions:
- promote carbon literacy;
- deliver carbon literacy to another organisation;
- develop carbon literacy materials with another organisation that is then going to use those materials outside of the organisation;
- work with another carbon literate organisation;
- sponsor carbon literacy for another group;
- create a cost-benefit study.
To earn the top accreditation, the Platinum level, the organisation must then select two more actions from the above list. Eighty per cent of its workforce must also be carbon literate at this point.
To become a certified carbon literacy trainer, you must have already provided carbon literacy training. There are three different levels: Carbon Literacy Facilitator (level 1), Carbon Literacy Trainer (Level 2) and Carbon Literacy Consultant (Level 3).
A certified carbon literacy facilitator (CLF) will have a certain level of experience in arranging, organising, supporting and communicating a carbon literacy training initiative. They’ll either have this or experience in delivering training and supporting learners face to face. They may have experience in both.
A certified trainer (CLT) or consultant (CLC) will have a level of expertise, but they’ll also have completed and passed an assessment of their training delivery and communication skills that reflects this expertise. Additionally, they’ll receive a profile on the online training register and take priority when projects come in through the Carbon Literacy Project.