Conversations to Action:  talking about people, your business, the future

This series of workshops develops staff commitment to sustainability at a deep level.  Its underlying exploration of environmental citizenship ensures that policies are implemented and gives staff an enhanced sense of empowerment.  Its focus on action plans ensures that the change is concrete and applied.

Conversations to Action creates enthusiasm for tackling environmental change, enhancing internal capability to roll-out carbon reduction engagement and it can support your CSR objectives.  This isn’t a training programme; it is a series of workshops which sparks action to create significant and long-lasting change.

Our facilitators will meet with you before the sessions so we can tailor Carbon Conversations to suit your environment.

Carbon Conversations was first used in the workplace at Scottish Parliament: 

"What we really learned and built on was the benefit of holding meetings where people can discuss things and voice opinions, not just receive information."  Read November 2013 The Environmentalist article about our work with Scottish Parliament here.

Carbon Conversations has been enhanced to be used in the workplace, with a focus on workplace actions to reduce carbon emissions, Ro Randall, Cambridge psychologist, originator of Carbon Conversations, and Pamela Candea, experienced Carbon Conversations facilitator (and veteran of the commercial workplace) have supplemented the Carbon Conversations Handbook with exercises, hand-outs and worksheets to help participants define and implement plans to decrease energy use and waste to landfill, and to travel and purchase more sustainably.  The sessions can be delivered in a variety of formats and culminate with the creation, by the participants, of recommendations for processes and infrastructure.

The first group to use this version was a new Sustainability Team at Buckinghamshire County Council.  See their story here.

We suggest participants are volunteers and ideally come from departments across the organisation.  After the group has completed, it may  be that 2-4 people could be trained to facilitate further groups in-house.

Previous participants have recommended and implemented workplace carbon emissions reduction measures (individual behaviours, process changes, infrastructure recommendations) and have gone on to create carbon clubs, networks, and other types of working groups to implement actions.  Participants report an average reduction of 1 tonne from their personal carbon footprints and an increased capability and desire to take the “conversation” to others.

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