HOME is Manchester’s centre for theatre, art, cinema and more. HOME is a dynamic member of MAST (Manchester Arts Sustainability Team), a consortium of 35 cultural organisations who are focused on working towards becoming carbon zero. HOME’s highly focused Carbon Literacy training ensures that every member of the entire team is equipped with the knowledge and skills to embed and implement sustainable practices into their work and behaviours, both inside and outside of the workplace. Being the first arts venue in the world to have 100% of their team Carbon Literacy trained, HOME is considered to be a carbon pioneer.
HOME have also developed an external training package that allows other organisations to become Carbon-Literate. In a secondment by Manchester City Council, HOME delivered training to the C-Change URBACT Transfer Network delegates and participating MAST members, enabling them to use the learning to adapt and develop models to support and drive sustainable collaboration and carbon reduction initiatives in Greater Manchester and the European partner cities. HOME have trained over 300 individuals from over 50 organisations spanning 6 nations in Carbon Literacy, including sector neighbours, sponsors and stakeholders.
HOME records all staff actions generated in the training, embedding them into its carbon action plan. Highly visible actions include the introduction of HOME-branded KeepCups and glasses, removing single-use plastic cups from the organisation and engaging staff, audiences and visitors in waste-reduction and influencing them to make sustainable choices at HOME and beyond. HOME has since supported other MAST organisations to introduce similar actions in their own venues.