Welcome to our Creative Climate Tools Engagement Platform
Overview of the Project
Julie’s Bicycle is developing a new set of environmental impact measuring and learning tools funded by Arts Council England. The development will be made in consultation with the cultural sector and build on the success of the current CG Tools.
The CC Tools will be a free-to-access software designed to support users in capturing their environmental data and translate this into meaningful, quantitative and qualitative information. The outputs will include carbon emission footprinting as well as creative, operational and inspirational responses which can be used to inform and track their organisation’s actions.
The development will be complemented by a new E-Learning Platform (Learning Management System). The aim of the platform is to give culture professionals the ability to develop their environmental knowledge, skills and leadership across different areas of creative practice. The E-Learning Platform will consist of courses, learning programmes and a co-created library of resources. The objective is to make climate action accessible to everyone so that creative industries can collectively and globally work towards net zero targets and a green creative economy.
To get to this stage and ensure that we deliver a tool that is fit for purpose, Julie’s Bicycle is encouraging the input of our stakeholders and existing users.
How can I get involved?
We are keen to get input from a wide range of organisations and users across the sector.
An easy way to quickly have your say is to look out for our regular updates and interactive polls that will be posted on this page. Following each release cycle and workshop completion, an update of the outcomes will be posted on this page along with polls featuring quick-fire questions to influence future progress as we work through the project timeline.
If you have any questions related to the project, you can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CC Tools project will be made up of a series of 5 software releases. This iterative development of the tools will allow each release to be designed, developed and tested with the input and valuable feedback of the appropriate stakeholders at each stage.
- Release 1 (Completed) – Security stability and improving accessibility
- Release 2 (Completed) – Simplifying data input journey across the 6 tools and addition of requested features.
- Release 3 (In Progress)
- Release 4
- Release 5
For more details around the improvements being made to the tools in real-time, check out our Creative Climate Tools Project Tracker.
Introduction to the Project (Completed) – introductory session for participants to get a high level understanding of the project and how future sessions will work.
Workshop 1 (Completed) – session to help understand the challenges and opportunities from practitioners. The outcomes of the workshop will help JB to influence what changes need to be made to the tools to keep them up-to-date.
Workshop 2 (Completed) – session to review the new features from the latest release and steer the prioritisation of future development.
User Testing (Upcoming) – session for the user group to test the latest release of the tools and explore potential new features.
Tools Advisory Group – the role of the group will be to influence the product, keep it up-to-date with sector trends and maintain contact with the broader cultural community. People from across the arts and culture, including people with environmental expertise and newcomers will be invited to join.
Update 6th March 2023
Last week we completed the second of our “Workshop 2” sessions with a range of participants from the sector. Both of these sessions started with a show and tell of the larger changes that have been made to the CC Tools – including the additions of the Homeworking and Custom Carbon Figure sections as well as the improvement of the Business and Fleet Travel tabs. The Workshops also consisted of activities relating to the Beyond Carbon survey, the prioritisation of future developments and exploring learning resources used within the group.
The next steps for our JB Team are to focus on Release 3 which is now due to be launched at the end of March. This release will concentrate on improving the general user journey of the tools and visual changes to the platform to ensure a smooth experience for our users.
There are currently no live polls at this stage in the project.
Update 27th February 2023
We are happy to announce that our second release of improvements to the CC Tools has now gone live. You are now able to follow the changes that are being made to the tools in real-time and have a look at what developments are in progress – Creative Climate Tools Project Tracker.
Update 27th January 2023
Development work for Release 2 is underway. We will shortly be adding a feature to the Engagement Platform which will allow you to easily follow the changes that are being made throughout the project.
Our “Workshop 2” sessions have been booked in for the end of February/start of March. We have invited participants to see some of the development made following the topics discussed in “Workshop 1” and analysing other improvement topics that have been highlighted in previous sessions.
Update 15th December 2022
Both of our “Workshop 1” sessions have now been completed. The sessions started with border reflections on the tools and the importance vs complexity of the data. We then continued onto different activities and votes around the following topics:
- Introducing custom carbon entries
- Refining the Materials section (Production footprint)
- Introducing Homeworking
- Refining the Business Travel section
- Re-evaluating the Waste section
- Refining data reporting
Thank you to our participants for some great feedback and insights. Findings from these sessions will be used to inform the improvements being made to the tools for Release 2.
Update 28th November 2022
This week we will be kicking off our “Workshop 1” sessions. These sessions will focus on analysing specific areas of the tools in more granular detail and discussing improvement topics that have been highlighted through the introductory sessions, our support Helpdesk and internal feedback.
Update 10th November 2022
Our “Introduction to the Project” sessions have now been completed. As well as giving participants a general overview of the CC Tools project, the sessions also explored the following themes: what are the most important features of a carbon footprinting tool and which elements would encourage a user to continue using JB’s set of tools.
The feedback from these introductory sessions will be used to shape the areas of the tools to explore during Workshop 1 (due to take place Nov/Dec).