Climate Challenge College

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The Climate Challenge College is offering the Green Futures Course, a free 6-month sustainability taster course for people aged 16+. This introductory course develops practical skills in environmental land management, natural building, repair and reuse, energy-saving, and renewable generation schemes. It is based in Tod College and is the first of its kind in further education with a practical green careers focus and learner-centered pedagogical approach.

The Green Futures course

You can read and download an overview of the course here (.pdf)

Green Futures Careers Guide

We have produced a guide for young jobseekers. This downloadable pdf explains why moving to a carbon-free economy is not only essential to stop climate change but is also a way to grow the economy and create millions of new green jobs. These are jobs aimed directly at protecting the environment or which will reduce human impact on the health of the planet.

Updates from the students & staff

What can I do after the course?

During the course you may identify an area for future training and/or study. We will mentor you in your choices throughout the course. Upon completion of the course, you could go on to a green career in areas such as: natural building, growing, sustainable consulting, environmental engineering, horticultural therapy, green business owner, retrofitter, electrification of rail, and many other green jobs that will be coming up for all our futures. You could also consider apprenticeships, Kickstart opportunities (for 16-24-year-olds), and further study at college or university in subjects such as environmental management, geography, and sustainability.

Check out our library

We have put together a physical and virtual library for our students and staff. You can access them publically using the buttons below.

Partners, Professional Friends, & Supporters

About our Steering Group

The team is assisted by our steering group, a collective of 16 – 25 year-olds, who have input into the Green Futures course and our recruitment strategies. Our 2022 steering group includes:

Freya Bruce (she/her, they/them)

Freya, a white woman with short hair, stands in front of a handmade geodesic dwelling with countryside - a tree and hills - in the background.

Freya is a Master’s student on the Sustainable Architecture course at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, Wales, and works part-time for erz Landscape Architects in Glasgow. She believes that climate education is important as a way to enact the system change necessary to tackle the climate crisis and that is why she joined the steering group. In her daily practice, Freya specialises in illustration and community involvement, as well as being involved in sustainable building and making projects in her spare time. She is excited to be involved in a group of young people who are ambitious and optimistic about a green future. 

Marcus Goff

Marcus is a student at the Centre for Alternative Technology. With an interest in architecture and planning, Marcus also contributes some teaching for the Green Futures students.

Penelope Milner

Penelope is reading Geography BA with Quantitative Methods at the University of Leeds. Previously, Penelope participated in a Common Purpose leadership programme called Leeds150. The aim of Leeds150 is to enable participants to network with other people across Leeds between the ages of 18 and 25 to develop projects that will create a positive legacy for young people in Leeds by the year 2043. As a result, the team launched a project called Cities for the Future. Currently, the group are working with the University of Leeds to connect both students and residents with volunteering projects that encourage community cohesion and environmental sustainability. Due to this, she expressed an interest in becoming a member of the Steering Group for the Green Futures Course to further explore the opportunities for Climate Change education. She hopes that the Green Futures course becomes available to people nationwide!

This is a head shot of Penelope, a white woman in her early twenties. She has short brown hair with blonde ombre and wears a black and floral formal shirt.

Will Solomon

Will is involved with the region’s Youth Council and is involved with Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council’s climate change working party. On behalf of RYCA – the Regional Youth Climate Assembly for Yorkshire and the Humber – the group took a film they made about the ripple effect to combat climate change now to COP26 where he, and other members of the group, gave speeches entreating world leaders to take climate change seriously and address the climate crisis.

About the team

From right to left: Chelsie Naylor, Programme Leader; Lydia Gaskell, Assistant Programme Leader, and Jennie Bailey, Outreach Leader outside a straw bale construction.
Chelsie Naylor (she/her)

Programme Leader Chelsie has a background in education and running eco clubs in her previous school. She also loves a good chilli. A wizard of organisational skills, Chelsie is responsible for developing, delivering, and facilitating learning for the course.

Lydia Gaskell (she/her)

Lydia, the Assistant Programme Leader, is our go-to yoga specialist! She has a background in conservation science and is fluent in Spanish. A lover of all Italian food, she supports Chelsie in delivering the course.

Jennie Bailey (she/her)

Jennie is our Dr Jen-of-all-trades, she loves bad jokes and black pepper and is normally found bouncing with enthusiasm! As Outreach Leader, her role is all about telling the world about the Climate Challenge College and how communities can learn more about tackling the climate crisis.

Amy Kelleher (she/her)

Amy recently joined the team as our second teaching assistant. She mostly supports Cohort Two and also drives the minibus (“Betty” – the bus with a mind of her own!).

Paula O’Connor (she/her)

Paula was our first teaching assistant! She helps with note-taking and pastoral support, particularly for Cohort One.

Watch Green Futures students in action!