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Carbon Literacy for Somerset Councils

October 3, 2023 @ 09:30 12:00

Explore climate solutions, create an action plan for you / your council, and gain Carbon Literate certification on this bespoke online course we’re running for Somerset Association of Local Councils.

Specifically developed for those working in Local Authorities, this online course will cover the science of climate change, local and global impacts and how these will affect the work and duties of Local Authorities. Drawing on our Zero Carbon Britain research, we’ll look at low carbon objectives in the Local Authority sector and create an action plan to influence others. Your output from this course will be evaluated by the Carbon Literacy Project in order for you to be certified as​ Carbon Literate.

What is Carbon Literacy? The Carbon Literacy Project describes it as ‘An awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.’

Key information

  • Duration: three morning sessions:
    • Day 1: Tuesday 3 October
    • Day 2: Tuesday 17 October
    • Day 3: Tuesday 31 October
  • Time: 9:30 to 12:00 each day
  • Location: online
  • There is up to two additional hours of independent work for accreditation
  • Fees: No charge for participants from Somerset Councils.
  • Includes: tuition, question and answer sessions, online course materials, Carbon Literacy Project accreditation
  • Attendance at all three sessions is required
  • The council does not need to be a member of SALC to be able to book spaces
  • Terms and conditions
    • You must be 16 years or over to attend this course
    • Bookings are free for people that attend – Non-attendance will generate a fee of £50 for the council

What you will learn

CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain project offers the hard data and confidence required for visualising a future where we have risen to the demands of climate science. It helps to reduce fear and misunderstandings and open new, positive, solutions-focused conversations.

This Carbon Literacy Project accredited online course will explore the solutions offered by the Zero Carbon Britain end point vision. Drawing on case studies and real life examples, we’ll look at practical steps to reach net zero from a Local Authority perspective.

During the course you’ll commit to two carbon reducing actions; one as an individual and one which will influence a group of individuals. We encourage these to be work-based actions in order to support low carbon culture change within councils. These actions will be evaluated by the Carbon Literacy Project in order for you to be certified as​ Carbon Literate, enabling you to go on to train others in your sector or area of work.

This online training is suitable for all roles within a Local Authority, including elected members, officers and leaders. Across the day there will be timetabled discussion and reflection sessions, Q&As, networking and offline breaks to keep the online format refreshing and engaging.

Meet your tutors

John Anderson

John holds degrees in international relations, law and international security.  He has a background in decision support consultancy, training, research, facilitation and project management in the private sector.  He is currently researching climate change adaptation with CAT, and is an outdoors enthusiast and a keen piper.

Amanda Smith

Amanda is the Training Manager in our Zero Carbon Britain team. She has over 20 years experience in teaching, school leadership, adult training and organisational improvement. Amanda is a highly qualified, competent and experienced educator, with Qualified Teacher status, National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers and a Specialist Leader of Education.

Prior to joining the Centre for Alternative Technology Amanda was a Head Teacher, she also worked in an advisory capacity for the Local Education Authority from 2003, working with schools and other organisations in challenging circumstances to enable them to develop effective action plans and bring organisational change and improvement as a result.

How to Book?

SALC Member councils can book by logging into the website or any Somerset council (including member councils) can book by emailing: simon@somerset-alc.org.uk

Please provide:

  • Attendee’s full name:
  • The Council’s name:
  • Attendee’s email address:
  • Attendee’s phone number:

You will be sent a confirmation email. The above information will be shared with The Centre for Alternative Technology who are managing the event, they will then contact the attendees directly.



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