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December 5, 2023 3:30 PM

Conestoga champions global sustainability on Carbon Literacy Action Day

On Monday, December 4, Conestoga’s School of Business participated in the international Carbon Literacy Action Day (CLAD) 2023 - the largest climate education and action training day of its kind. CLAD brings together learners from all walks of life across the globe to complete a day of carbon literacy training simultaneously to become certified as Carbon Literate.

Dr. Michelle Grimes, executive dean, School of Business, welcomed employees during an event on Carbon Literacy Action Day.

To mark the occasion, the School of Business held an event at the college’s Cambridge - Reuter Drive campus that welcomed employees including those who recently completed the college’s Carbon Literacy micro-credential.

The event provided an opportunity for networking and reflection on the college’s work on climate change as members of the School of Business spoke at the event. The attendees also joined the CLAD global webinar to connect with others who are involved in carbon literacy training.

The third annual CLAD was hosted by The Carbon Literacy Project and coincides with COP28 taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates - the UN Conference of the Parties and largest climate event of the year.

“Our participation in the international CLAD signifies our ongoing commitment to instilling a profound understanding of climate change and inspiring meaningful action,” said Dr. Michelle Grimes, executive dean, School of Business. “By engaging in this global initiative, Conestoga reaffirms its position as a leader in sustainable education, fostering a community of Carbon Literate individuals poised to shape a more environmentally conscious future.”

Developed as part of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, Conestoga’s online eight-hour Carbon Literacy micro-credential includes four courses and provides professionals, leaders and citizens with the climate literacy needed to understand climate challenges and realize their potential to become positive agents for change.

The micro-credential was the first in Canada to be accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project, a global organization which advocates for, facilitates, oversees and certifies training initiatives that deliver carbon literacy.

The School of Business joined PRME in 2020. An initiative of the United Nations Global Compact, PRME is a collegial learning community that aims to raise the profile of sustainability in schools worldwide and equip business and management students with the skills and knowledge to handle the sustainability challenges of the future.

Earlier this year, the School of Business was invited to join the 2023 cycle of PRME Champions -- an elite group of nearly 50 international business schools making impactful contributions in thought and action leadership.

Conestoga’s micro-credentials are short, concentrated groups of courses that are flexible, innovative, timely and based on industry needs. To learn more about registering for the Carbon Literacy micro-credential, contact

The School of Business provides numerous opportunities and pathways to complete, specialize or expand business education through full- or part-time studies. Its programs reflect today’s business needs across a wide range of credentials from apprenticeships, one-year certificates, two- and three-year advanced diplomas, to graduate certificates and degree opportunities that include multiple specializations.