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Join ACCO's Climate Fundamentals Training Affiliate Program: Get 3 complimentary registrations for employees to any Academy workshop for $995 ($895 for government entities).  Click here to learn more!

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The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is offering a series of 2-day training academies to enable attendees to complete all required training CCO Training Bootcamps (including electives) for the Climate Governance Certificate. These academies will provide curriculum on topics including understanding climate science and variability, identifying climate hazards and conducting vulnerability assessments, basics of greenhouse gas accounting, the food-water-energy nexus, and fundamental governance and stakeholder engagement strategies.

These training activities will prove valuable to decision makers across sectors and professional roles desiring to be better informed of climate change and sea level rise implications, and to develop strategies for responding to related risks and opportunities. The training, which leverages a cohort learning process and incorporates interactive exercises, will enable participants to play a more active role in integrating sensible climate change strategies into organizational and community planning.

Who Should Register for
These Training Programs?

The Climate Fundamentals Academies bundle and build upon CCO Training Bootcamps and are oriented to decision-makers across professionals roles and functions in companies, government, universities, nonprofit organizations and professional service firms.  In particular, the members of the following professions will find these activities critical in their professional development:

  • Public Policy/Administration

  • Architects & Engineers

  • Planners & Civil Engineers

  • Facilities & Energy Management

  • Environment & Sustainability

  • Real Estate

  • Supply Chain & Procurement

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Risk Management & Business Continuity

  • Public Health

About the Climate Governance Certificate

The Climate Governance Certificate recognizes the capacity of senior executives and officials across sectors to make informed decisions on climate change related risks to the operations of their organizations and surrounding communities. Established as the standard for demonstrating climate savvy leadership skills, this certificate demonstrates a fundamental understanding of climate science and risk assessment, footprint management and reduction strategies, climate initiative-related project finance and economic analysis, governance and engagement tactics, and enterprise strategy.

About the CCO CertificationTM

The CCO CertificationTM program issues credentials to participants who have developed a satisfactory capacity to assess the implications of climate change for their organization in the context of their job functions. The first credential under this program, the Climate Governance Certificate, opened for enrollment in March 2015. Subsequent certificates and the CCO DesignationTM will be made available in 2015-2016 and will include credentials for professional roles such as planners and civil engineers, architects, facilities and energy managers, supply chain professionals, investment portfolio managers, public health professionals, risk managers and public policy/administration professionals.


Upcoming Academies

August 24-25, 2016
South Florida Workshop #3
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
September 27-28, 2016
National Capital Workshop #2
Washington, District of Columbia
November 7-8, 2016
Colorado Regional Workshop #1
Golden, Colorado

New Dates/Venues to be Announced Shortly

Winter/Spring 2017
South Florida Regional Workshop #3
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Winter/Spring 2017
New England Regional Workshop #3
Boston, Massachusetts

Winter/Spring 2017
Northern California Regional Workshop #1
San Francisco, California

Winter/Spring 2017
National Capital Regional Workshop #3
Washington, District of Columbia


"Extremely well organized and executed, a very positive experience."

"One of the best things at this type of training is the sharing of ideas with folks from the government, non-profit and private sectors."

"I'm not new to the climate field, but still learned a lot from the material, particularly from the way the material was presented."

"Even though this topic is outside my usual scope of work, I found it very interesting and informative. It is the type of information that can be useful to all of us whether it be through our work, or understanding the work of others, or as investors."

"Instructors were excellent. They kept the class engaged, involved, and challenged. Interactive exercises were very effective at spurring discussion and helping the participants absorb the content."

"The diversity and quality of the instructors was very good. They engaged the audience and provided useful application of the information presented."

"I found that the discussion and the different perspectives brought by the presenters was exceptional."

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