Become Carbon Literate for free

What is Carbon Literacy?

Carbon Literacy means being aware of the impact of everyday activities on the climate, and knowing what steps can be taken to reduce emissions as an individual or a group, and why it’s important that we all take these steps. The actions of individuals can and does make a difference. It’s also completely unique!


Carbon Literacy at Manchester Met

This February & March, there are a number of free half day Carbon Literacy sessions taking place. These sessions are interactive and informative and are delivered by our trained Carbon Literacy facilitators. To become certified Carbon Literate, you will need to complete roughly 3 hours of individual online e-learning, as well as a face-to-face session.

Why should I become Carbon literate?

It’s great for your CV – employers are increasingly realising the importance of employing graduates with an understanding of environmental and social issues in order to cope with future challenges.

You will gain silver MMU Futures points and a Carbon Literary certification.

Sign up

To sign up or find out more about our sessions, click here.


To find out more about Carbon Literacy at Manchester Met, click here.

Become Carbon Literate for free

Have your chance to win £500!

Calling all students!

Have your chance to win £500 cash!

All students at Manchester Met can be in with a chance of winning £500 by completing our online confidential survey about your time at university or college and the skills you develop for getting a job.

The short survey, which is being run in conjunction with the National Union of Students, will take about 15 minutes to complete. The closing date is 29th February 2016 and students will be entered into a draw to win £500 or one of 10 £50 runner-up prizes.

To take part in the survey log on to

Have your chance to win £500!

Pop Swap is back on 16th March!

Pop Swap is our pop-up clothing and book exchange held termly on campus. Open to all we have been promoting zero waste through our swap since 2013, spreading the message about sustainable fashion and supporting local charities through donations ensuring nothing is thrown away or wasted.

Our next event:

Wednesday 16th March 2016

4 – 6pm

Geoffrey Manton building, All Saints Campus, Manchester Met

Join our event page on Facebook for more information.

Clothes swapping at Pop Swap

How does it work?

Bring along any unwanted clothing, shoes, accessories, books and magazines (anything really) that are in good condition that you no longer love. You can bring your items along on the day or to a collection point prior to our Swap. You can get a maximum of 10 coupons (1 per item), which you then use at Pop Swap. For example, if you donate two tees and a book, you get two clothing coupons and one book token. There are always loads of items, for both men and women why not check out some of the items that have already had donated which will be up for grabs on our Facebook page.

Around £140 million worth (350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year.
Around £140 million worth (350,000 tonnes) of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year.

Supporting local charities

In November, over 200 items were rehomed with participants and over 250 leftover items were donated to charities including Goodstock. Staff and students also donated special items to go directly to homeless charity Mustard Tree, items including warm clothing, blankets, sleeping bag, toiletries and sanitary products.

Pop Swap is back on 16th March!

Get involved with the Birley Orchard this March

In October 2015, the Birley Community Orchard was planted, housing 20 varieties of apple, plum, cherry and pear trees. The trees have settled in and have survived the winter months, but now spring has sprung and they need some TLC!

Caring for the trees at Birley Orchard
Caring for the trees at Birley Orchard

Come along and take part in our Spring Orchard Maintenance Workshop, led by Hulme Garden Centre on March 9th, 1.30-3.30pm. You will learn how to secure the trees and ensure they are free form pests and diseases, hopefully guaranteeing a bountiful fruit harvest come summer.

All equipment needed will be provided. This session is open to all.

MMU students can collect 2 bronze MMU Futures points for attending the session.

Sign up to reserve your place here: 

Get involved with the Birley Orchard this March

Top Recyclers!

From the 8-16th February, recycling checks were carried out in MMU Student Living – in Birley, Cambridge, Cavendish and Booth.

320 kitchens were checked, with the help of Student Sustainability Ambassadors and Residential Advisors. Residents were left feedback cards so they could see how they were doing, as well as little incentives for top recyclers.

In total, 7 of the top scoring flats were winners of a large prize. Balloons were left in the winning flats, explaining how the winners could collect their cinema tickets. The winners are as follows:

Birley: Warde 8 & Vine 20

Cambridge: D-3-2 & G-G-3

Cavendish: 548

Booth: B5 & F1

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Thank you and well done to everyone involved! If you want more information about what can be recycled in your accommodation or on campus, visit

If you have any feedback about the recycling checks, or the recycling facilities in your accommodation, please email

Top Recyclers!

Your Ideas into Action

The passion of our staff for sustainability has been demonstrated on many occasions, it was with this in mind that we developed ‘Ideas into Action’. Our pilot programme aims to empower staff to suggest ideas for projects, which will help us on our journey to become one of the most sustainable universities.

Since September, we have invited ideas linked to our sustainability commitments, ideas that could help us to increase awareness of sustainability issues among staff and students to increasing biodiversity on campus. Following a review process, we have been working with those staff who submitted their ideas and developing these into live projects. All eligible for funding through our programme.

We have four projects taking place during our pilot year. All ideas submitted by staff from across the university each working with colleagues in the Environment Team to deliver these.

  • Bat & Bird Boxes – providing homes for wildlife on campus
  • Vinyl Banners – repurposing our non-recyclables
  • TetraBin – your favourite waste bin
  • Edible Campus – Cheshire Greenhouse & allotment

Still in the early stages, we are looking for passionate staff members who would like to get involved in the delivery of these projects. There are opportunities for staff to get involved in project planning to more practical, hands on volunteering opportunities. Our aim is to provide staff with opportunities to gain new skills and experiences.

Find out more about these project and how you can engage with the programme here.

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Your Ideas into Action

Upcoming events Spring Term

This term there are a number of opportunities to engage with sustainability. These all through our sustainability engagement programme Big Impact.

There are opportunities specifically for students; however, the majority are open to all, from staff, students to local community members.

Below you will find opportunities from gardening to swishing.

Carbon Literacy accreditation for students.

17, 22, 24 February & 7, 9 March. Find out more about gaining Carbon Literacy accreditation here.

Big Fairtrade Breakfast.

Sit down for breakfast and stand up for farmers.

2 March. Find out more about what’s going on during Fairtrade Fortnight here.

MMU Cheshire Staff vs Student Fairtrade Football Match

2 March.  Find out more about what’s going on during Fairtrade Fortnight here.

Orchard Maintenance Workshop.

Open to all. Lead by Hulme Community Garden Centre.

9 March. Find out more about our Orchard Workshop here.

Pop Swap – Clothing & Book exchange.

Exchange old for new and support local charities through our termly swish.

16 March. Find out more about our next Pop Swap here.

Check out all our events over the year at

Upcoming events Spring Term