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Northwards ‘Coronated’ on Coronation Street in World First Climate Change Awards

December 01 2016 | Articles | News

(The Carbon Literate Organisation Awards took place in Nick's Bistro - the Coronation Street character's famous restaurant)

Northwards Housing headed to Coronation Street this week after being awarded the top prize in a world first awards ceremony for employers acting on climate change.

The Carbon Literate Organisation Awards recognise employers who go to significant lengths to support their people to cut their carbon footprint.

We've gone platinum!

Northwards Housings Anthony Brady And Jan Norris Receiving Our Platinum Carbon Literate Organisation Award

(Northwards Housing's Anthony Brady and Jan Norris receiving our Platinum Carbon Literate Organisation Award)

Everyone from Coronation Street’s production team to the Manchester Museum have taken steps to slash their energy use and aim for one of the awards, which range from ‘Bronze’ to ‘Platinum’.

But Northwards Housing is one of only two organisations to be awarded ‘Platinum’ status – meaning we’ve hit some big energy-saving targets, including making sure that over 80% of our work force has had training to be certified as ‘carbon literate’ by the Carbon Literacy Project.

"The choices we make are vital"

Robin Lawler, our chief executive, said: “I am incredibly proud of this achievement.

“Climate change is perhaps the greatest threat facing everyone on this planet, but small steps make a big difference, especially when we all take them. That’s why Northwards Housing employees had a day’s training this year to better understand how their decisions can impact global warming. 

“We've worked for many years to make environmental improvements across our homes - from solar PV panels to literally ground-breaking ground-source heating systems.

“But technology is only part of the solution - the choices we make every day are just as vital, which is why the Carbon Literacy Project is so important.”

The Manchester-based and multi-award-winning Carbon Literacy Project is a world first in its city-wide approach to culture change. Working with communities, universities and employers, it delivers a day’s-worth of learning to help create the low carbon culture we need to enable us to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.