Low Carbon Diet Coach Program

Empowering Households to Lower Their Carbon Footprint and Develop Environmentally Sustainable Lifestyle Practices

Introduction

The purpose of the Low Carbon Diet behavior change program is to empower individuals to reduce their carbon footprint. Originally designed as a successful team approach, it has now been adapted by Empowerment Institute into a coaching program. In this format a client has a coach guide them through the process of identifying, recommending and even implementing actions to help them reduce their carbon footprint.

The Low Carbon Diet Coaching Program is manageable, quickly implemented and has the potential to be a profitable business or addition to an existing business. Its handbook provides a program structure, describes potential clients, offers a pricing framework, and provides strategies for marketing to different audiences. This is complemented by training in the Empowerment Institute’s coaching methodology to enable behavior change. Bringing this behavior change program and coaching methodology together provides a coach with a unique value proposition and opens up a whole new category of green business.

Overview of Low Carbon Diet Coaching

Professional coaches have a unique role when assisting others in achieving their goals. The premise of most coaching models is that the individual knows what they want and hires a coach to support them in bringing this desire into reality. However when it comes to the environment it is more complicated. Individuals at best only have a vague sense of what they want – “lower their carbon footprint” or “do less harm to the environment.”

For an individual to lower their carbon footprint they need to identify what their current behaviors are that could be changed, decide which actions to take, implement these actions, and finally establish the structures and habits to sustain these changes over time. That’s a lot to ask of a person wishing to do the right thing but also leading a busy life.

This is where the Low Carbon Diet Coaching Program comes in. It systematically helps an individual identify their carbon footprint, translate this knowledge into action, and sustain these behavior and household system changes over time.

The program combines two proven empowerment tools: the best selling book Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds by David Gershon and Empowerment Institute’s coaching methodology which empowers individuals to envision and create what they want in their life. Using both of these tools the coach helps the client create and implement an action plan that is motivating, achievable, and sustainable.

Client Description

A key target market for this program are female heads-of-households with disposable income and financial decision-making authority in the family. She may be familiar with traditional coaching through her workplace. Although she may already recycle paper and plasticware/glassware, she knows that there is much more that she can do. For many, concerns for her children’s future is also a driver.  Because of her busy lifestyle and the tremendous amount of information available on the web regarding lowering one’s carbon footprint, she has felt overwhelmed, not knowing where to start, what to do, or how to do it.

Therefore, she has chosen to hire an expert to help her create a low carbon and greener lifestyle in her home. Through the Low Carbon Diet Coaching Program, she will develop the knowledge, and with this extra support generate the momentum to become actively engaged in reducing her household carbon footprint and developing environmentally sustainable lifestyle practices.

Marketing

The key to marketing the Low Carbon Diet Coaching Program is to communicate that it is practical, economical, and effective. Clients should see reductions in their electric, gas, and water bills. They should notice their gasoline bills going down. These tangible outcomes will communicate that their actions are meaningful without significantly challenging both financial and time resources. Further, they will be able to calculate the reduction of their carbon emissions. The combination of personal savings and environmental savings will communicate the value of their actions.

Conclusion

The Low Carbon Diet Coaching Program has the potential to open up a burgeoning new green business field. Empowering individuals to reduce their carbon footprint, so necessary for our planet, and so helpful to environmentally conscious but time challenged people, is also an exciting new career opportunity. It is a win for the client, the coach and our planet!

Empowerment Institute Support

Empowerment Institute certifies individuals to lead the Low Carbon Diet Coaching Program. This program consists of a Low Carbon Diet Coaching handbook including the initial carbon footprint assessment tool, detailed scripts for three different coaching formats, resources and supplementary education to enhance each action in the Low Carbon Diet book, insights into potential audiences for this program and practical marketing strategies. This is complemented by empowerment coaching skills to support the client in making and sustaining the behavior changes. For more information click here. (Link to T6 in EICP and reverse link in T6 to this document.)