At HOME we lead the way in Carbon Literacy training, advocating climate change awareness and implementing actions to reduce the environmental impact of our working practices, operations, programming and activities. Between September 2016 and April 2017, supported by MAST, we undertook a pilot training programme of workshops, e-learning and film screenings, delivered in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and certified by the Carbon Literacy Project.
We are now proud to be the first arts and cultural venue in the world to have 100% of staff trained in Carbon Literacy and in June 2018 we were awarded Platinum Carbon Literate Organisation status. This top accreditation is a visible ‘badge’ that showcases HOME’s commitment to Carbon Literacy in the number of staff trained and our sustained support of maintaining a low carbon culture that we can share with others, acting as ambassadors for change.
We are committed to best sustainable practice and have incorporated Carbon Literacy into our induction policy, ensuring that all new members of staff are trained within six months of starting their new role with us. Members of our team are dedicated trainers, delivering in-house workshops, and we support other cultural venues and organisations with consultancy and advice, ensuring that HOME is a true advocate for climate change awareness and a leading instigator of low carbon practices. Training has already proven to have had a positive impact, with increased staff confidence in communicating with peers, family, friends and visitors on environmental and sustainability issues and actions generated feeding directly into organisational policy and performance indicators.
Through our Carbon Literacy training we are fostering, connecting and amplifying HOME’s mission with our cultural, local and global community, sharing knowledge, influencing others, and inspiring action in our commitment to collective responsibility, accountability and action.