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The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is offering a series of 2-day training academies in Golden, Colorado to enable attendees to satisfy all course requirements for the CCP® Designation (formerly the Climate Governance Certificate), a credential issued through ACCO’s CCO CertificationTM Program. 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, explanations of the food-water-energy nexus, and fundamental governance and stakeholder engagement strategies.

Held in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Colorado Water Conservation Board, workshop participants will learn from experts about the implications of climate change with a regional focus added for Colorado and the Rockies. Professionals from the public and private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from the classroom-style, interactive training activities.

About this Workshop:

The first workshop is a primer on climate science, identifying climate hazards, conducting vulnerability assessments, leveraging climate change data and tools and understanding international, national and sub-national landscape of climate change related policy.  This workshop enables decision makers across roles, functions and sectors to develop a better understanding of how the implications of climate change intersect with their decision making.

Course Syllabus:

  • Climate-101: Understanding Climate Science & the Latest Projections

  • Excerpts from Climate-102: Understanding Climate Variability, Extreme Events & Long-Term Climate Change

  • Climate-201: Identifying Climate Hazards & Conducting Vulnerability Assessments

  • Excerpts from Climate-202: Leveraging Climate Data and Tools

  • Governance-102: The Legal/Policy Landscape of Climate Change & Related Implications

  • Case Study: Projecting Climate Change Implications for Colorado and the Rockies

  • Special Guest Remarks from Local Officials

Continuing Education Requirements:

  • Credentialing Body Continuing Education Requirements: ACCO is collaborating with a series of credentialing bodies to ensure that Climate Fundamentals Academies can be applied toward continuing education requirements. Planners, architects, attorneys, facilities managers, civil engineers, energy managers and other credentialed professionals should inquire with ACCO for more information.

  • Satisfying Employer Continuing Education Requirements: Upon completion of any ACCO training program, ACCO will provide you with formal paperwork confirming and validating your participation. In some instances, ACCO will be working directly with employers and providing that information directly to those institutions.

Skills and Competencies Addressed
in this Workshop Series
Delivering Value: Why a Climate Change
Credential Matters
> Recognizing situations where climate change outcomes affect the organization
> Assessing impacts of specific situational outcomes
> Enabling enterprise management of climate related initiatives
> Assessing and quantifying climate risks and opportunities
> Educating the organization on managing short-term and long-term uncertainty
> Tailoring communication to different audiences
> Leading organizational change initiatives
> Developing and overseeing training programs
> Attributing value to resource consumption
> Extending organizational capabilities and maintaining good stewardship of actions taken  through collaboration and partnership
> Developing strategies for bundling, comparing and/or relying on existing management models
> Recognition & Endorsement – Credentials such as the Climate Governance Certificate recognize y our capacity to integrate an understanding of climate change and related implications into the day-to-day decision-making required.
> Increased Earnings – Recognized credentials will lead to greater earnings as they enable you to stand out amongst peers and competing job applicants, increase your responsibility within the organization and provide greater value to your employer.
> Certification Benefits – Capacity to develop and lead climate initiatives is increasingly in demand across sectors. A globally recognized professional credential shows employers that you have the knowledge, skills and training to understand how climate change impacts your organization and support efforts to take meaningful actions.

About the CCP® Designation

The Climate Change Professional (CCP®) is the credential for mid-level practitioners reflecting your dedication to professional development and your competency in the fundamentals of climate change preparedness and strategic planning. A combination of related work experience and completion of all core curriculum courses and elective requirements is required for this designation. The CCP® designation is currently available for practitioners across all sectors and professional functions. ACCO will be unveiling CCP® categories tailored to specific professional roles and sectors in 2017.

About ACCO Credentialing Programs

Earning an ACCO administered credential reflects that you are a leader in driving climate change strategies. With an increasing number of organizations committing to greenhouse gas reduction goals, adaptation planning and resilience initiatives, ACCO credentials demonstrate your competence in leading climate action planning efforts and sustainability-focused initiatives. Learn more here.


Colorado Regional
Academy Series

Workshop #1:

November 7-8, 2016
8:00am - 6:00pm both days

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden, Colorado

Hosted by:


> Christine BaglinPrincipal, Project Performance Company, LLC
> Elisabeth CohenScience Communications Manager, Boulder Labs and Operations, NOAA
> Taryn FinnesseyClimate Change Risk Management Specialist, Water Conservation Board, Colorado Department of Natural Resources
> Ned Gardiner – Contractor, Climate Program Office, NOAA
> Daniel KreegerExecutive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
> Jeff LukasAssociate Scientist, University of Colorado Boulder
> Jeff MihelichDeputy City Manager, City of Fort Collins
> Dennis OjimaSenior Research Scientist, Colorado State University
> Additional instructors to be announced shortly
Registration Information:
> Single Workshop:
$595 (general) / $395 (government)
> Complete Series:
$1,495 (general) / $995 (government)
> ACCO member discounts:
All discounts applicable
> Registration Deadline:
October 31, 2016

Workshop #2:

Winter 2016-2017
Dates to be announced shortly

Provides participants with a foundation for understanding greenhouse gas emissions and related reporting and disclosure frameworks, strategies for engaging stakeholders and leading organizational change, assessing the legal and policy landscape and examining the economic implications of climate change.  Participants will learn about specific initiatives in their localities, states and regions, as well as relevant national and international activity.

Workshop #3:

Spring 2017
Dates to be announced shortly

Positions participants to leverage previous courses taken and develop strategic application skills in analyzing and quantifying climate related risks, making the case for climate action to c-suite executives and public officials, establishing a framework for an organizational/regional adaptation plan, designing and engaging in multi-stakeholder climate adaptation initiatives and understanding relevant public health implications.

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