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ROI: Return On Investment

How to calculate the dollar value of the costs and returns on your environment and sustainability training

1-day Workshop in Auckland

Tuesday 13 March 2018


You must know how to quantify the benefits of your environment and sustainability training before you can clearly demonstrate the value of that work to your bosses.

… read on to find out why…

You know your staff need ongoing environment and sustainability training. You know this training makes a difference to the cost-effectiveness of your operations and your environmental performance.  You’ve even pulled together some numbers.

But you’re struggling to measure the effectiveness of your training and make a credible business case for this work.

You  know that you need to use a credible and accepted method to do all this.

But you don’t know where to find it.

“This workshop would be massively effective for health, safety and quality training, as well as environmental training!” Unanimous verdict of attendees at my most recent ROI workshop on 17 October 2017

Is this you?

You struggle to justify the cost of your environment and sustainability training programs

Your managers are asking about the actual benefits they’re getting from your training

You’re finding it difficult to measure how environment and sustainability training contributes to your company’s real business outcomes

You can’t find examples that justify the cost of government bodies like yours setting up industry training programs to tackle real environmental issues.

Click here for a 1-minute video that says it all!

You and I both know that many environment and sustainability managers struggle with these problems, whether they’re in business, government or the nonprofit sector.

The technical nature of our work means we are really good at measuring complex stuff – environmental indicators, emissions data, environmental compliance monitoring and much, much more.

But we get stumped when it comes to evaluating the effectiveness of our environment and sustainability training.

That’s because, as environment and sustainability experts, we’re looking for training tools in the environment and sustainability box.

Sadly, many people delivering environment and sustainability training just don’t know that there’s a WHOLE OTHER PROFESSION out there that has another toolbox full of all the tools we need to solve these exact same problems.

Are you ready to look in the toolbox of a respected global profession; that of professional trainers and learning and development professionals? A toolbox that contains tried and true tools that have been used and improved all round the world for over 20 years to evaluate the effectiveness of adult vocational training? Tools that you too can use to measure the difference you make?

Are you up for the challenge of measuring the effectiveness of your training in monetary terms as well as in qualitative ways, the way the best professional trainers do?

Are you ready to totally sell your senior managers not only on the cost savings but also on the positive payback of your training?

Are you willing to fully align your training programs with your organisation’s policies, objectives, key result areas, financial targets and KPIs?

Are you ready to measure the financial benefits of things that we know good environmental training yields but which seem intangible and impossible to measure – like higher staff engagement, productivity and profitability?

Are you up for the challenge of demonstrating accountability against your training budget allocation?

  Are you ready to measure the real value for money that your training delivers for your organisation’s financial, environmental, sustainability, social and other outcomes?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then come and join me and your professional peers at my ROI workshop.

CPD points/hours available!

My ROI workshop is a 1-day hands-on workshop where you can work on real case studies and on examples from your own workplace in order to calculate the costs and returns on your environment and sustainability training in full financial terms – the RETURN ON INVESTMENT method you’ve been looking for.

So what does “ROI” mean in training-speak?

Remember that WHOLE OTHER PROFESSION out there?

99% of environmental experts delivering training are what “real” trainers – that whole other profession of trainers and human resources learning & development personnel – call “subject matter” experts. What they mean by that is that we have deep expertise in our environment and sustainability professional disciplines – but not in training. That’s a real problem when we want to prove the cost-effectiveness of our environment and sustainability training. Why?

Because training professionals are as astonishingly proficient at their job as we are at ours – and they have a range of fabulous tools in their training toolbox that we need to get our hands on.

They know how to measure the effectiveness of their training, and they recognize FIVE levels of evaluation – of which full financial ROI is the fifth.

If you want to measure level 5, you’ll need to measure levels 1-4 first. The ROI is just a set of simple calculations: it’s in levels 1-4 that you collate the information you need to do the sums.

“Enlightening workshop with potential real benefits to companies and staff development. I will recommend to our Group General Manager (and Directors) that a study of ROI be carried out. – Bob Hirst, National Development Manager, Southeys Group Ltd

“Clare is a vivacious and dynamic presenter who immediately engages you from the start. – Simonne Liley, Consultant, UpTraining

Click here to attend my ROI workshop on how to measure the $ROI on your environmental training!

Here’s just some of what we’ll get into at the workshop …

We’ll dig round in the professional trainers’ toolbox and practise using their proven tools that are accepted all around the world.

And you will:

use my unique checklists so you can learn how to identify the TRUE costs to your company of even small environmental incidents

analyse real case studies of environment and sustainability training and the reputational and financial harm of poor performance

learn FOUR FORMULAE that you can use to calculate the REAL Return On Investment of your environment and sustainability training

draw upon data from your own workplace (if you have it available)

learn why it’s so important to collect this data if you don’t have any readily to hand

work out when and how often to do full financial ROI assessments of the effectiveness of your training

compare the cost to the business of getting it wrong with the amazing business benefits of getting it right.

By the end of the day, you will feel genuinely confident that you start using your new skills and tools to:

assess your environment and sustainability training needs

evaluate the effectiveness of your training

pick just the right indicators to calculate the dollar ROI on your training.

“Really enjoyed the enthusiasm. Clare brings a unique style to her training – very effective. – Environmental manager at a major transport facility.

“Thought provoking, entertaining and practical. – Mike Hannah, Managing Director, Stormwater 360

Your workshop facilitator

Clare Feeney is the Sustainability Strategist. She helps business and government bodies solve environmental problems with targeted training.

She is an award-winning professional speaker and trainer, and a published author. Her book How to change the world: a practical guide to successful environmental training programs was published in the UK in 2013.

Clare wholeheartedly believes that today’s challenges offer some of humanity’s most exciting opportunities to make real differences to people and places. Spreading the wealth of benefits from environment and sustainability training is her chosen role in building a happy and lasting future for all life on Earth.

This is her life’s work.

Clare has a unique and proven approach to environment and sustainability training, for two very different reasons.

Firstly, she is an environmental expert: she has worked at the coalface, academic and strategic levels of the environment and sustainability area all of her professional life.

Secondly, she has been a member of the New Zealand Association of Training and Development for over 20 years. She takes her role as an environment and sustainability trainer very seriously, and makes the most of the Association’s professional development opportunities, learning from the leading practitioners of professional learning and development in the US and Australasia.

Clare’s vision is that every job is a green job. And she knows that great environment and sustainability training is a practical and transformative way to:

create jobs

grow profits

improve the environment.

Click here to attend my ROI workshop – and score CPD points!

By attending this workshop you may be able to obtain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points or hours from the following professional associations:

  • EIANZ – the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand
  • Engineering New Zealand – formerly IPENZ
  • NZPI – the New Zealand Planning Institute.

This workshop is 7.5 hours of training activity, excluding time for tea breaks and lunch. Some professional associations equate 1 CPD point for 1 hour of training activity. Please refer to the requirements of your own professional association for the number of CPD points or hours this workshop will earn you.

Please let me know if your professional association is not listed above and I will contact the relevant people.


Date:      13 March 2018

Time:     9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Fee:        $495.00 pre-GST

Place:    Quality Hotel Parnell, 10-20 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052. There is free parking on site.

Book now: for your quality learning experience, only 20 people can attend each workshop.

I am happy to run workshops on other dates and places on request.


Not in Auckland? Not in New Zealand? Want to book several staff? Ask me how I can help you.

See my full 2018 workshop calendar here.

You can also ask me about other options, including:

  • in-house training

  • webinar options

  • 1:1 or small group mentoring.

“This is such an important and valuable offer/opportunity for businesses today. Clare has a wonderful way of engaging her clients and bringing them on this journey. Thanks Clare! – Fonda Smyth, Management Consultant