The 2021 Environmental Academy

Throughout our work, young people repeatedly put the environment at the top of their agenda to make better places and happier communities. PLACED are therefore thrilled to have been successful in a receiving funding from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) and Metro Mayor to support the development and delivery of the Environmental Academy, a programme that puts sustainability and the environment at its heart.

The Environmental Academy will commence in June 2021 and will support youth-led advocacy in the urgent conversation around the Climate Crisis. It will commence with an intensive programme of digital and face-to-face design workshops, expert talks, professional development sessions and the creation of awareness raising campaign. 

This will lead to a youth-led community engagement exhibition in late summer – face-to-face, online or a combination – that will allow the young people to engage with the wider public about what they have learnt and what they would like to find out that could lead to more sustainable places to live, work and play. This will include the development of a website and school resources and activities.

Applying to the Academy

We will be opening for applications for the Academy shortly. To register an interest in applying please contact

Sponsor the Environmental Academy

It is our ambition to further the activity supported by the LCRCA and Metro Mayor through an expanded programme, running from September until December 2021. The additional activity will challenge participants to respond to the outcomes of the community engagement exhibition: a crucial aspect of iterative design which is responsive to the views and feelings of communities.

The participants will be supported in developing collaborative designs in groups with the support of the PLACED team and a dedicated mentor, who will help them consider the feedback from their engagement event and their ambitions for environmental designs. These will then be presented to an audience to develop their confidence, teamwork and public speaking skills

We are looking for sponsorship to enable us to deliver this extended programme of design workshops and activity. Please get in touch with Jo at for more information.

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