For local government

Local authorities have set ambitious climate goals. We can help deliver them.

Why local authorities need climate training

Many local authorities have set ambitious net zero targets both for their own organisations and the areas they administer.

As 2030 approaches however, councils have an increasingly narrow window in which to achieve them.

They also face numerous other barriers to success, including lack of funds, insufficient powers and public resistance to change.

Underlying all of these issues is the tricky and pervasive nature of emissions. Sources of greenhouse gases are not like taps we can turn off. Organisational and regional carbon footprints are shaped by all the daily decisions made by every employee and citizen.

Reaching net zero emissions therefore requires the buy-in of everyone.

Thankfully though, getting everyone on board and up to speed is easily achieved through training.

Organisational and regional carbon footprints are shaped by all the daily decisions made by every employee and citizen.

Reaching net zero emissions therefore requires the buy-in of everyone.

We provide online workshops to local authorities so that every officer and councillor is sufficiently informed, motivated and engaged to deliver tough climate goals.

We also give local authority leaders and climate teams an edge when it comes to engaging the public in climate action, as well as how to use behavioural science or ‘nudge theory’ to drive sustainability improvements.

Our courses

Climate change – what everyone needs to know

Learning outcomes

Drawing on authoritative sources, this workshop brings everyone up to speed on the climate crisis and what’s needed to avert catastrophic climate change. It uses everyday language and will leave audiences focused, motivated and ready to do their part.

Participants will understand...

What’s at stake. By looking at the human causes, the impacts so far and the possible future impacts, the workshop spells out the consequences of inaction.

What we need to do. The workshop covers the scale and pace of emissions reduction needed to avoid the worst climate impacts. We also look at how current policies at national and local level match-up to what’s required.

How everyone can contribute. By breaking down household carbon footprints and steps to reduce them, we show participants how they fit into the bigger picture. This helps them become agents of change – both inside the council and in the wider community.

Engaging the public in climate action

Learning outcomes

Local government targets will necessitate lifestyle changes among the public – often on the emotive issues of diet and travel. Yet, as the controversies over cycle lanes and low traffic neighbourhoods have shown, sudden change can result in acrimony and polarisation. To successfully transition to net zero, policy makers will have to bring people with them. This workshop provides climate teams with a blueprint for how this can be achieved.

Participants will understand...
  • Why public buy-in is essential in tackling climate change
  • Which demographic engagement should focus on
  • The principles of bottom-up, value-led engagement
  • How to build engagement around co-benefits
  • The role of ‘trusted messengers’

Using nudge approaches to deliver climate goals

Learning outcomes

Behavioural science or nudge theory is increasingly recognised as playing an important role in improving environmental performance. The use of ‘nudges’ has helped to do everything from cutting food waste to increasing recycling rates and boosting electric vehicle take-up. Participants will learn the principles and theory of nudging as well as the practical steps to take to design and implement their own ‘nudges’.

Participants will understand...
  • The key principles of behavioural science, including the concept of the ‘choice environment’
  • How to use a framework to apply behavioural science to sustainability problems (the EAST model)
  • Relevant nudges that have successfully improved sustainability performance in a range of target areas including energy conservation, diet and travel
  • How to design and implement a sustainability nudge

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Climate change – what everyone needs to know

We delivered this workshop to every officer and councillor at Somerset West and Taunton Council. This is some of the feedback we received:

“Excellent presenter – I hardly ever say that! – but she, Rachel, was really, really good, so clear, friendly, authoritative, engaging and I was overjoyed the training covered food and agriculture, this was money well spent on our part as I think it was just what was needed to inform and galvanise staff and councillors in a positive way.”

– Local authority councillor

“The training has been well received. People were engaged with the subject from the outset and despite a broad spectrum of understanding across the workforce it appealed to all knowledge levels. We are very happy to promote the use of Three Point Five and will continue to engage their services for future more in-depth training.”

– Assistant director of climate change

“I just wanted to say how great that climate change training was, Rachel was very engaging. I like how it was localised to SWT, a balanced level of detail – enough to get the message across, good pace and interactive. The content was also delivered very neutrally so great for people who are a bit sceptical! I’ve heard really positive feedback from others too.”

– HR Specialist

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Engaging the public in climate action

We have delivered this workshop to local authority officers, national park managers, private sector executives and environmental campaign groups. Here is some of the feedback we’ve received from participants:

“This was a really interesting workshop which definitely got me thinking about the best ways to communicate climate change to others. It’s not as simple as just stating facts and expecting people to change, there’s a lot more to it. This workshop helped break this down and explain the best ways to get people on side. Rick was very patient and I enjoyed the breakout rooms and positive discussion it generated. This isn’t just a webinar, but a chance to get involved and talk through issues with other people in the same position as you.”

– Sammy Gray, climate change and environmental projects officer, Wyre Council

“Campaigning for safer active travel infrastructure brings you into conflict with many people who have contrary views. Often the immediate reaction is to not listen, or engage in a back and forth argument, usually ending in both sides feeling put out. Taking some time in this workshop to step back and review how we can engage with sceptical audiences was hugely useful. Through discussion and workshopping, the session helped participants come up with actionable insights they could immediately put to use.”

– Alex Robertson, a member of Pedal on Parliament and SW20

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Using nudge approaches to deliver climate goals

We have delivered this workshop for the Supply Chain Sustainability School to hundreds of professionals working in the built environment sector. Here is a selection of their feedback:

“Rick is a very good presenter and the slides were very good.”

“Very relevant, really well explained with a good theory/example balance.”

“engaging presenter, well presented, clear and informative and left enough time to answer questions.”
“Excellent presenter and material.”
“Very informative. Puts things in a context.”
“Content great, well researched, interesting both for those who have read Kahneman and those new to the subject.”
“I thought Rick’s presentation and manner kept us all on board and the session was timed very well.”