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The Growing Green training programme has been developed to help horticultural, food and drink businesses in Kent meet net-zero targets by giving you the skills, knowledge and funding to become more sustainable. Following your induction you will have been paired with a Growing Green Practitioner who will guide you through the Needs Assessment Process. The needs assessment will help identify relevant themes across your business where you can focus your training needs within the programme. The training is intended to support the development of a decarbonisation plan for your business and ultimately how you wish to use the Growing Green grant to support an innovation in your business that will help you to achieve your goals. Below are the 8 themes covered in the Growing Green Training Programme, by clicking on each you will be able to read an introduction to the theme, determine the key learning outcomes you can expect to get from attending the session, contribute to a forum to discuss the theme with other Growing Green Businesses, and access to supporting resources associated with the theme. The sessions will be delivered via Microsoft Teams each Wednesday afternoon (2:00 – 3:30 PM). The dates of each session and the link to the session are available within each page.

Business induction
Business induction
An introduction to the Growing Green Programme, an introduction to the needs assessment process, a note on the training and how it will be delivered and the process of receiving the grant funding at the end of the project.
Innovation grant
Innovation grant - blue sky thinking session
This theme aims to provoke 'blue sky thinking' to help identify opportunities within your own business by thinking outside of the box.
Steps To Environmental Management – Beginner (blue)
The importance of having an environmental policy and what to include in (and how to carry out) a baseline assessment of your activities and impacts.
The science behind synthetic plastics, why they are detrimental to the environment and the ways in which we can combat plastic pollution. With a specific focus on the newly introduced plastic tax.
Resource use (primary  production)
Resource use (primary production)
This session will look at three main topics associated with resource use in primary production: Life cycle analysis, Water, and Energy in primary production.
Steps To Environmental Management – Intermediate (silver)
Building upon Steps To Environmental Management - Beginner, this module introduces compliance obligations, setting objectives and targets, measuring environmental performance (i.e. your ‘footprint’), agreeing roles and responsibilities, and then how best to communicate what you’ve done and are planning on doing.
Circular Approach to Waste
Circular approaches to waste aim to minimise the amount of waste being sent to landfill by ensuring that a resource is used multiple times and to its full potential before disposal. What does this mean for businesses?
Resource use 2
Resource use (F&D manufacture)

This session will look at three main topics associated with resource use in primary production: Life cycle analysis, Water, and Energy in food and drink manufacture.

Story telling
Communications/Story telling

This session will be on communicating your decarbonisation journey to your customers and supply chains by promoting your businesses’ environmental credentials.

Need to contact us?

You may contact us at any time throughout the course for guidance and advice: