Course Period
Sept 2 -> Sept 30
Duration
5 weeks
Thursdays at 5pm PST
Price
$249 USD per family

Carbonauts in Training - Family Edition!

The live Carbonauts in Training Family Edition course consists of five weekly one-hour Zoom classes. Leading you through “The Big Five” – the most impactful steps anyone can take – our passionate experts help guide and inspire kid and parent teams to take action in ways that work for your family.
Thank you for joining the waitlist!
Oops! Please try again.

Course overview

THE BEST COURSE ON THE PLANET, FOR THE PLANET - NOW FOR FAMILIES!


The live Carbonauts in Training Family Edition course consists of five weekly one-hour Zoom classes. Leading you through “The Big Five” – the most impactful steps anyone can take – our passionate experts help guide and inspire kid and parent teams to take action in ways that work for your family.

We help you move to a more sustainable, low footprint lifestyle by giving you the why, the how, the support, and the accountability you need to GET. IT. DONE!

Have fun together with your kids while learning, reinforcing important values, and slashing your footprint! 

What you'll get out of this course:

🌱 How to measure your family’s carbon footprint, and reduce it by 25–40 percent or more
🌱 An understanding of “The Big Five” – the five most effective, meaningful actions your family can take to live more sustainably
🌱 Resources and activities tailored to your family’s circumstances and location
🌱 You’ll move from awareness to action and be a force for good in living your values and being an example for others 
🌱 Parent membership in an online, private community of like-minded people. With discounts on eco-goods and services
🌱 Certificate of completion when graduation requirements are met

Meet your teachers

Former Editor-in-Chief, Discovery Channel online and TreeHugger.com

Meg O'Neill

Meg O'Neill is a writer, editor, and content creator working in print and digital media. She is the former editor-in-chief of Discovery Channel online and TreeHugger.com, where her analytics-driven approach and expertise in engaging dispersed teams drove growth across multiple digital properties.

Her writing has appeared in numerous national and international publications, including The Guardian, Architectural Digest, and The Boston Globe. She is the co-author with Graham Hill of Ready, Set, Green: Eight Weeks to Modern Eco-Living and a National Magazine Award finalist for her series on sustainability for Slate.com. Driven by collaboration and partnerships, she frequently brings her expertise in content to projects for organizations worldwide.
Environmental Leader, TreeHugger Founder and TED Presenter

Graham Hill

Graham Hill is a leading figure at the intersection of entrepreneurialism, innovation, and sustainability. One of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” Hill is sought after for his ability to clearly communicate how we can all create a simpler, wealthier, greener, and happier planet. He has presented at many prestigious conferences including two main-stage TED talks that have reached over 10 million people.  Hill founded one of the first internet consultancies in 1995, which he grew to 60 people before acquisition. In 2004, Hill founded the groundbreaking website TreeHugger.com. The most trafficked green site for years, it sold to Discovery Channel and has served billions of pageviews.

What to bring to class

🌱 Your kid(s)!
🌱 Your gas, electric, and/or other energy bills. No access? No worries.
🌱 The make and model of your car(s), and an estimate of miles you drive each year.
🌱 An estimate of the number of flights your family takes each year.
🌱 The approximate square footage of your home.
🌱 A reasonable understanding of how to use Zoom and online forms.

This course is for families who are:

Ready to take action

Want to live more sustainably but don’t have the time to figure it all out? We’ll teach you how, and explain which actions have the biggest impact. 

Globally-minded

You appreciate that the government and corporations need to change, but understand that change at home can help drive that change.

Impact-Driven

You can make a difference where it comes to climate change. This course will empower you and your family to work toward a bright green future!

Located mostly anywhere

Are from any country but understand that although the majority of the info. is globally relevant, it does have an American slant

What people are saying about The Carbonauts courses:

"A new father, I want to build a world the next generation will want to live in. The Carbonauts mission was really informative, helpful on cutting costs and in mere weeks, I have slashed my carbon footprint."
Tyler Barth
“I have learned that there's so much more I can do to help lower my carbon footprint. Would recommend taking the Carbonauts courses for anyone looking to improve their carbon footprint.”
Lorette Bayle
"Carbonauts was a fun, informative, and enlightening way to get us over the if-we-don't-look-we-don't-have-to-deal-with-it hurdle. Thank you for helping us stop waffling and start paying attention!"
Charlie Scott

Curriculum

Week 1: Introduction and Renewable Energy

Inspiring, live presentation by The Carbonauts founder, Graham Hill, on moving from awareness to action in the battle against climate change. Explanation of realistic renewable energy options at the household level: green power programs, rooftop solar and community solar.
Working session: Determine your personal green power options

Week 2: Plant-Rich Diet and Food Waste

Intro to the Leaderboard, our group progress report designed to track family’s progress and spark friendly competition. Review of pod’s footprint from diet and food waste and opportunities for optimizationPlant-rich diet and food waste myths and facts. Reducing food waste and how to compost
Working session: Shifting toward a diet that’s realistic and healthier for you 

Week 3: Electric Vehicles

Leaderboard update and progress reviewReview of pod’s driving footprint, and opportunities to reduce drivingEV myths and facts. Current market options and explanation of the advantages of owning an electric vehicle
Working session: Explore EV/PHEV options that might work for you

Week 4: Optimizing Flying and Carbon Offsets

Leaderboard update and progress review. Review of pod’s flying footprint and opportunities to optimize air travel - myths and facts about flying 
Working session: Tools for optimizing your travel choicesWhat are carbon offsets and how do I choose them?  

Week 5:  Past, Present, Future. Wrap-up and Goal Setting.

Leaderboard update and progress review! Discussion of individual challenges, bright spots, and wins
Working session:
Recalculating individual footprints, six-month projections, goal setting.
Wrap up, thank you, and virtual high fives!

All Weeks - Each class also contains the following:

Q&A, Sharing opportunities, Quizzes, polls and other activities, including 30 minutes of Office Hours after class

Office Hours

We are available for 30 minutes after the formal end of the class to answer additional questions and also have separate office hours between classes. Our mission is to help make it easy for you to take action.

Schedule and format

5 Instructor led live sessions

Sept 2 @ 5 pm PST - 1 hr
Sept 9 @ 5 pm PST - 1 hr
Sept 16 @ 5 pm PST - 1 hr
Sept 23 @ 5 pm PST - 1 hr
Sept 30 @ 5 pm PST - 1 hr

Office hour sessions

We are available for 30 minutes after the formal end of the class to answer additional questions and also have separate office hours between classes. Our mission is to help make it easy for you to take action.

Micro-assignments!

There will be working sessions during class as well as short assignments during the week, all in an effort to ensure that footprints are significantly reduced by the end of the mission.

This is a LIVE cohort based course

How to cut your carbon footprint
Meet a Cohort of like-minded Students
A Pathway to Low-Carbon Living

Frequently asked questions

What can we expect?
Are you going to make us stop eating meat or give up our beloved gas car?
What if it turns out we can’t make the class?
Will the actions cost a lot of money?
Is the course satisfaction-guaranteed?
What if we have to miss a session?