UQ’s Carbon Literacy Program receives ‘green’ award

21 November 2022

The University of Queensland has won an international sustainability award for its Carbon Literacy Program, a climate action short course established by the UQ Business School.

Roxane Valier-Brasier

The Australasian Green Gown Awards recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by tertiary education institutions and announced UQ as a 2022 winner in the Next Generation Learning and Skills category.

The Carbon Literacy Program was launched in 2021 when the UQ Business School partnered with the Carbon Literacy Project as part of its commitment to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME), becoming the first university in Australia to launch a Carbon Literacy Program.

UQ Business School Principal Consultant, UN PRME Manager and one of the Program’s facilitators, Roxane Valier-Brasier said more than 450 participants had gained their carbon literacy certification since UQ launched the program.

“The program is helping hundreds of individuals from all walks of life take action on climate change and we’re seeing inspiring initiatives coming out of it, such as the new campus sustainability garden,” she said.

The course comprises eight hours of blended learning, including self-paced online modules and live seminars.

Learners spend two additional hours making a pledge and writing an assessment to receive their certificate.

Ms Valier-Brasier said it was crucial to build a greater understanding of carbon impacts to accelerate momentum for change in Australia and globally.

“We’re contributing to the development of a Carbon Literate Australia. We’ve proactively shared the program materials with other Australian universities and trained teams of facilitators to enable the rapid distribution and dissemination of the program” she said.