Credit where credit is due….

In creating and co-ordinating this project, Cooler Projects CIC would like to gratefully acknowledge all the people and organisations who, as members of the original Working Group, as project workers and volunteers, and as organisations and individuals, got involved and contributed their time, knowledge and goodwill to influence and improve The Carbon Literacy Project.

We wouldn’t be where we are today without your dedication.

We would particularly like to thank:

Our Project Workers and Volunteers:

Throughout the development of The Carbon Literacy Project, we have been graced with the opportunity to work with a number of greatly talented and passionate Volunteers and Project Workers. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all in turn.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and wish to find out more then please do contact us for a chat, we’d love to hear from you. To find out about our paid opportunities, and opportunities within our wider circle of business and organisational contacts, click here. We ask that our volunteers and employees be registered to vote. Here’s why.

Henry Greenwood

Henry joined the Carbon Literacy Project in October 2017, shortly after finishing a degree in Politics and International Relations. Looking to gain experience in the environmental sector, he focussed largely on the Project’s social media and marketing, producing research reports, statistical analysis, and set out guidelines both for branding, and how the Project could better utilise social media and increase its public exposure. Now going travelling, he hopes to use the knowledge, experience and skills he’s gained from his time at The Carbon Literacy Project to gain a full-time role in sustainability on his return.

Belkais Zagandi

Belkais joined the Carbon Literacy project in summer 2017. She is a second year biomedical science student at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she gained certification as Carbon Literate in 2016. She wanted to enhance her CV whilst learning more about sustainability, so found the Carbon Literacy Project a really good opportunity to learn new skills and support the environment. Belkais is involved with a number of tasks including using the Salesforce software to update the CL database, as well as creating and scheduling social media content.

Joseph Dodd

Joe joined the Carbon Literacy Project in 2017. After completing an internship in the spring, he is set to resume his studies over the summer before returning to us in the autumn. In his time with the project, he helped with the launch of the Salford Consortium. He is currently undertaking an MSc in Environmental Governance at Freiburg University, Germany. His thesis is on the topic of local climate governance in the UK.

Emma Charlotte Richards

Emma joined the Carbon Literacy Project in 2015 through a CL training session. She then went on to become certified as a CL Trainer, training students at both MMU and ENSEEIGHT in Toulouse. She then interned with Cooler Projects CIC from the summer of 2016 alongside the final year of her Geography (BSc). During this time she has been involved with a number of tasks and projects including the production of a report into the effectiveness of CLK e-learning. Her work with the Carbon Literacy Project has catalysed a career in sustainability engagement. She has since joined us as Project Coordinator.

Ned Gatenby

Ned's first involvement with Cooler Projects and the Carbon Literacy Trust was through his CL Facilitator training, lead by Jane. After completing this he has trained a number of his fellow students at MMU. He has written us a number of posts for our website and after graduating his degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability he has taken work in York but promises to keep volunteering with us remotely to maintain our online presence.
Involvement in the Project has helped him to find his passion for sustainability education and awareness and we hope he takes this into all his future endeavours.

Joshua West

After graduating from Plymouth University in 2014 with a degree in Conservation Biology and later completing a solo travel adventure, Josh wanted to gain more experience in environmental sustainability and carbon reduction, and joined Cooler in August 2015 via Manchester: A Certain Future. Josh took on primary responsibility for our social media and written communications and collated a new digest for the Carbon Literacy website. He also became one of our primary researchers, researching everything from funding opportunities to climate change facts, and helping generate content for our e-learning framework: "Carbon Literacy: Knowledge". Directly Utilising this experience, Josh secured a full-time role as a sustainability officer at Leeds University in January 2016, where we are very confident he is a great asset to the team.

Jack Smith

Jack joined Cooler as an intern as part of the work-experience component of his MMU degree course in Geography, and we gave him responsibility for creating and assembling the Low Carbon Walking Guide to Manchester, a Cooler Project in support of Carbon Literacy. He researched a range of exemplar low carbon projects going on all around us in Manchester, but largely invisible to the casual passer-by. The online guide reveals some of these hidden "low-carbon gems" via a structured walk around the city, with pictures and audio content at each location. From the energy efficient lighting systems at the Royal Exchange (pictured) to a close brush with bees on the roof of the Cathedral, the project left Jack with quite a buzz! Jack is now completing his degree, but we hope to borrow him back for the launch of our new app!

Brittany Heap

Brittany joined the Project in November 2014, after hearing about Cooler Projects through Action for Sustainable Living. She wanted to gain practical business experience in sustainability after graduating from Lancaster University with a degree in Environmental Biology. She helped create the CLP Newsletter, was our primary climate change researcher, and set up an automated Twitter feed full of interesting facts to promote Carbon Literacy and expand the project's social media presence. She undertook a paid internship in sustainability, before rejoining us as Project Coordinator in 2017. She is currently working towards a PhD studying the roll of stress on crop productivity.

Mariana Grava

Mariana always wanted to work in the sustainability sector, but it took her a while to find this out. After working as a teacher and travelling the world as a flight attendant, she found the perfect opportunity to take the first step towards a professional career in sustainability: through a casual conversation with a passenger on her flight, who just happened to be the MD of the founding sponsor of The Carbon Literacy Project - Westford Mill. She joined the team in January 2015 as a full time Project Worker for a one-year post, and was instrumental in helping develop the e-learning framework; Carbon Literacy: Knowledge, our certification processes, research, events; basically everything that Cooler could throw at her! Mariana completed her year in Paris, as we worked for two weeks as part of our TAP award at COP21 in December 2015. We owe her many thanks for her year's dedication and hard work.

Parisa T. H. Azar

Coming from an Architectural Engineering & Environmental Design background, Parisa assisted us in the development of our e-Learning course 'Carbon Literacy: Knowledge, Parisa was also our primary climate change researcher and our graphic designer. Parisa worked to issue Carbon-Literacy certificates and approve Criteria Checkers from Carbon Literacy Trainers. Parisa has been undertaking a series of paid contracts in the sustainability sector, but between contracts continues to work with us

Amy Bennett

After graduating in Environmental Science and working in environmental education, Amy initially met the Carbon Literacy team at the 2014 Carbon Active event, through volunteering with Action for Sustainable Living, another Manchester-based organisation. After a day of encouraging the public to take action to lower their carbon footprint, Amy was inspired to help spread the word on Carbon Literacy. She began volunteering for the project in August 2014, contributing to a range of tasks from research for the e-Learning resources to criteria-checking and fundraising.

Maria Pfeifer

Maria joined the team in June 2014. She initially worked to map the environmental criteria of Manchester schools, followed by a comparison of our Carbon Literacy Standard against other qualifications. Maria spent time working as an excellent personal researcher, gathering up-to-date scientific facts on climate change and injecting them into our e-learning project - an e-learning resource that we have developed to help deliver Carbon Literacy online. She left us only to move to London and start a family.

Bernadette Chapman

Bernadette joined us in April 2014 and volunteered to gain experience and skills whilst she completes her MSc in Environmental Governance at the University of Manchester. Bernadette was our experienced website editor, newsletter writer and reporter, and visited Carbon Literacy trainers and other VIPs to find out more about what they are doing to train in Carbon Literacy. Thanks to her, we were able to release our online newsletters more regularly than we have ever done otherwise before or since!


Colin joined us for his student placement as part of his degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability, at Manchester Metropolitan University. He got stuck in to some really complex and challenging work for us, mapping our Carbon Literacy Standard against other environmental qualifications and courses. His work has enabled us to build our Carbon Literacy connections across Greater Manchester and for organisations which are training their staff to other environmental qualifications to use these as accredited prior learning for Carbon Literacy. Following his placement, having been insufficiently scared working for Cooler, Colin ventured to South Africa to work with lions, and then returned to MMU to complete his degree.

Micaela Rossi

Micaela volunteered with us to supplement her professional experience, after working for a year following a degree in Communications and PR. She worked primarily on the project website, advised on social media technology and events, and designed our email newsletter and the back-office systems which run it. She left to take a full-time role as a copywriter with a Media City based communications agency Media Agency Group. In the picture, Micaela represents The Carbon Literacy Project as she leads Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government Sir David King, through a Carbon Literacy floor-game at DECC's British Energy Challenge event (September 2013).

Ayma Kazmi

Ayma volunteered with us across the summer of 2013 and into her third year, to supplement her academic work on her degree in Management from the Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She was however already Carbon Literate, having completed one of the very first Carbon Literacy courses piloted at MMU. She quickly helped streamline our certification processes, helped criteria check and certify training initiatives, worked on our online resources library and helped deliver and then blog about our public facing events.
Ayma took a break to focus on her final year but still pops in from time to time to help and support us.

Pedro Rubio

Pedro, a passionate advocate for environment, energy and low carbon culture, came to us as a voluntary Project Worker. Already very experienced in the sector, he supported us enormously by setting up a new, comprehensive version of the Carbon Literacy Resource Library, populating the database and creating the slide library, and supporting the development of Powerpoint material for Carbon Literacy Trainers. Finally, he gave us a welcomed helping hand (and legs) during our Carbon Active 2013 event (Yep: that's him on the bike.)
Pedro put his experience to good use to gain a place on the Masters programme in Energy Management at the University of Stirling and then by moving directly into full-time employment as an energy analyst at a Scottish Energy company.

Matilde Christensen

Matilde joined the Project after recognising an opportunity in a casual conversation at the coffee bar in Pop-up Bikes! She worked with us throughout the summer and autumn of 2013 to fulfil the work experience requirement of her degree in English from the University of Huddersfield. Matilde certified participants and courses, helped with our trainer certification process and helped with the early stages of our Carbon Literacy for Registered Providers project (CL4RPs), before returning to the University of Huddersfield to finish her degree.

Rebecca Hardy

Rebecca joined the project after becoming one of the very first Carbon Literacy graduates from one of the very earliest Carbon Literacy courses piloted at Manchester Metropolitan University. She helped organise and deliver the Project's public launch in 2012, worked on our huge Carbon Active event in Climate Week 2013 and wrote case studies for a range of Carbon Literacy training initiatives. Graduating in the summer of 2013 Rebecca, used her work experience directly, being recruited to join the UK arm of Handelsbanken, one of Sweden's top full-service banks.

Virginia Harvey

Virginia initially volunteered for Cooler during the run-up and delivery of Carbon Active 2013, joining to work specifically on this event and building her experience in Events Management. Virginia then returned to us in 2014 to work for us full time as our Project Co-ordinator. She continues to work on all aspects of The Carbon Literacy Project, though now divides her time with a Masters degree at The University of Manchester.

Jane Mörk

Jane joined the project after graduating with a degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability from MMU. Already experienced in the world of work, she wanted to enhance her CV, and move into the area of sustainability, and saw experience in The Carbon Literacy Project as a good way to do this. And so it proved. Having worked extensively on the pilot stages of the project on everything from admin to certification to event organisation, she successfully applied for a full-time role working for MMU on Carbon Literacy within the sustainability team. As such she can genuinely claim to be the world's first Carbon Literacy employee. She has gone on to support MMU's pledge to make all its staff Carbon Literate, and support its status as the UK's "No1 Greenest University" in the UK universities league table. Jane now works as a Carbon Literacy Trainer, rolling out Carbon Literacy across Greater Manchester.

Safia Griffin

Safia was Cooler's very first volunteer and managed to work regularly with us one day a week whilst also completing a full working week managing volunteers for Age Concern. Safia worked with us developing our earliest administrative systems, our contact databases, certification processes, designed and issued our very first e-newsletter. She helped us organise workgroup meetings and events and undertook volunteer inductions and supervision. Safia generally helped get us going at a vital time in our development. She took her Carbon Literacy expertise to GMCVO where she now works full time as an organisational administrator. Safia has now started developing her own Carbon Literacy courses to roll out across Greater Manchester.


The members of the Carbon Literacy Working Group:


Adam Woodhall People Profit Planet
Bev Taylor Manchester City Council,Customers and Community Engagement
Caroline Downey MERCi, EAP
Chris Dessent Creative Concern
Chris Wright Director, Action for Sustainable Living (AfSL)
Dr Debbie Ellen Debbie Ellen Consulting, MACF Steering Group
Gaby Porter Gaby Porter Consulting, AfSL, MACF Steering Group
Ian Morley MOSI
Jo Lynch Head of Construction Skills, The Manchester College
Jonathan Atkinson The Carbon Co-op, EAP
Josh Steiner Action for Sustainable Living (AfSL)
Kath Castle Manchester City Council, Manchester Adult Education Services
Lisa Lingard Manchester City Council, Environmental Strategy
Liz Price MMU Geography Department
Marie Gilluley Principal, Bolton College
Matt Fawcett The Carbon Co-op, Kindling Trust
Michelle Berry Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre (ESTaC)
Mike Ormerod Groundwork MSSTT
Nicola Percival Soul Sustainability, Bovis Lend Lease, MACF Steering Group
Nigel Rose Irwell Group, MACF Steering Group
Raichael Locke Manchester Environment Education Network (MEEN), EAP
Rebecca Bate Manchester City Council, Environmental Business Pledge
Rebecca Frost Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre (ESTaC)
Richard Sharland Director of Environmental Strategy, Manchester City Council
Ros Howell MMU Geography Department
Sally Randles Univ of Mcr, The Tyndall Centre, Centre for Sustainable Consumption
Sarah Mander Deputy Leader, The Tyndall Centre
Shona Thomas Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre (ESTaC)
Simon Robinson Manchester Is My Planet, Simon Robinson Consulting
Steve Connor Creative Concern, MACF Steering Group

We also gratefully acknowledge the generous financial support of

Manchester City Council,

and the founding sponsor of The Carbon Literacy Project,

Westford Mill ~ www.westfordmill.com