Carbon Literacy Project

The Carbon Literacy Project (CLP) was created by Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK and provides knowledge to tackle complex environmental and social issues. Participants gain an understanding of the basic science behind the climate crisis, the impact different sectors such as food have on our climate, environmental justice issues, climate calculator/mitigation tools, high impact solutions, strategies for communicating or teaching climate literacy, corporate responsibility and ways to take action.

The pilot training at UMass Amherst has been tailored with sections related to our campus goal to fully decarbonize by 2032. We are the first U.S. campus to participate in this international effort. A cohort of CLP-trained and certified undergraduate UMass students are ready to train their peers on campus in spring 2022.

The total training takes 8 hours to complete and is broken up into four 2-hour modules. Participants need to complete all 8 hours to receive certification, however all the information and materials are available for free to everyone.

If you are interested in having all or part of this training delivered to your student group, class, etc. please fill out this form:  It is possible to fit a substantive portion of a module into a typical class period.

More information about the training can be found here:

Questions to Madeleine Charney:

Carbon Literacy Project Header Image: Carbon Literacy: "An awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organizational basis." Today, over 24,000 individuals and almost 2,000 organizations have undertaken Carbon Literacy, have you?