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Manchester University Becomes First Carbon Literate University in the World

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Manchester University has been named the first carbon literate university and museum in the world.

The University was awarded a bronze Carbon Literate Organisation award for its 10,000 Actions project, which asked every member of staff to take part in collective, measurable improvements towards sustainability.

As part of the project each member of staff was given the chance to learn about key issues of sustainability including travel, responsible purchasing and energy.

Manchester Museum, which is part of the university, won a gold award due to the vast majority of staff undertaking carbon literacy training, as well as the institution writing carbon literacy into its review and performance processes.

James Thompson, Associate Vice President for Social Responsibility, said: "This is fantastic achievement for the University and brilliant recognition for the staff working on 10,000 Actions and carbon literacy at the Museum."

The award is designed to recognise those employers who have committed to becoming Carbon Literate Organisations, by having a substantial number of people who are carbon literate and have a commitment to support them and maintain a low carbon culture.