Growing Low Carbon Communities – LWM/BCC course

Growing Low Carbon Communities was a nine-session training course delivered over a period of eight months.  The aim of the course was to build the capacity of active residents to set up and sustain low carbon community groups and activities.  Learning outcomes included:

– what motivates people to take action?

– what influences environmental behaviour?

– leadership and management in a low carbon community

– developing a fundraising strategy

– demonstrating the need for your project

– sustainable development and diversity

– demonstrating that your project makes a difference

The course was free to attend thanks to the generous support of Birmingham City Council and Midlands Cooperative Society.


Pre-course task

Learning styles questionnaire

Week 1 – taster session – 2pm Friday 22 June

What motivates people to take action?

Week 2 – 2pm  Friday 13 July

What influences environmental behaviour?

Week 3 – 2pm Friday 27 July

Planning for success

Week 4 – 2pm Friday 7 September

Leadership and management in low carbon communities

Week 5 – 2pm Friday 21 September

Developing a fundraising strategy

Week 6 – 2pm Friday 5 October

Demonstrating the need for your project

Week 7 – 2pm Friday 19 October

Understanding the Green Deal

Week 8 – Friday 2 November

Sustainable development and diversity

Week 9 – Friday 16 November

Proving that your project makes a difference

Week 10 – Friday 30 November

Choosing a structure

For more information on how this course went or similar opportunities in the future contact LWM associate Phil Beardmore, on 0779 183 9025, or email

Related Low Carbon Communities links:

Low Carbon Communities Network

Transition Town Network

Green Communities

Friends of the Earth local groups