Whilst the Conference & Events team have been off site, we have decided to up our sustainability game by taking part in Carbon Literacy training.
The training was provided by Manchester Met’s Department of Natural Sciences, who are a certified ‘Carbon Literacy Training Organisation’. Jane Mork and Rachel Dunk, expert trainers on the course, said:
“We’re really pleased that the Conference and Events team have got so involved in Carbon Literacy training. They’re in a great place to be able to influence both their clients and colleagues, and it’s lovely to see them taking such an active part in a topic they obviously care about.”
Lou Milne, one of our two fantastic coordinators, completed it in January, and got a lot from it:
“The Carbon Literacy training has been very eye opening, I have learnt a lot about how I can personally reduce my carbon footprint, but also how I can contribute towards lowering carbon emissions within the Conference & Events team.”
At the end of the course, you’re asked to submit pledges relating to how you hope to take more of an active part in carbon reduction. James has decided to make his influencing internal and external clients: “I’d like to help people engage more with how they look at their carbon usage and try and minimise it where possible. This could either be by working with internal teams to look at our offer, or by asking our clients to try new ways of working which will have an impact on their carbon footprint.”
It’s already producing some great ideas that the team want to work on with other departments, for instance, Beth suggesting we could shout about the commitments in our sustainable food policy more by showing which of our conference menus are low carbon to encourage our clients to have this at the forefront of their minds when organising an event.
Of course, being involved in this agenda works for us too –one of our aims is to attract more conferences to the University who have sustainability at the forefront of their remit, and this kind of activity goes a long way to creating that platform.
We were also lucky enough to feature recently in Event Industry News’ Sustainability Spotlight. If you’d like to read more about the work we do, click here: https://www.eventindustrynews.com/news/sustainable-venue-spotlight-manchester-metropolitan-university
Or If you’d like to discuss how we can help make your next event more sustainable, send us a quick message.