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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!

The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is offering a series of 2-day training academies in Boston to enable attendees to satisfy all course requirements for 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.

Produced and offered in partnership with MIT, APA-MA, Boston University, Cities of Medford and Cambridge, Massport, Metropolitan Area Planning Council and Urban Land Institute, workshop participants will learn from experts on the fundamentals of managing greenhouse gas emissions, organizational change and stakeholder engagement strategies, the evolving climate change law and policy policy landscape, and the basics of adaptation planning, all with a regional focus added for the New England Region. Professionals from the public and private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from the classroom-style, interactive training activities.

About Workshop #2 (May 24-25, 2016):

The second workshop moves toward providing 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.  The agenda for this workshop includes:

  • GHG-101: Basics of GHG Accounting, Reporting & Disclosing GHG Emissions

  • Governance-101: Engaging Stakeholders & Establishing Strategies for Leading Organizational Change

  • Governance-102: Understanding the Legal/Policy Landscape & Determining the Best Strategy for Your Organization

  • Climate-203: Developing an Adaptation Plan for Your Organization

  • Case Studies on Regional Climate Initiatives

  • Special Guest Remarks from Local Officials

About Workshop #3 (Date TBA):

The third workshop 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.

  • Enterprise-201: Analyzing & Quantifying Climate Risk, Assessing Materiality and Disclosing Climate Risk

  • Governance-202: Making the Case for Climate Action to the C-Suite and Public Leaders

  • Climate-203: Developing an Adaptation Plan for Your Organization

  • Climate-204: Engaging in Regional Adaptation Initiatives

  • Case Study: The Public Health Implications of Climate Change

  • Group Exercise: Developing a Model Organizational or Regional Climate Initiative

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.
  • American Planning Association: 12 AICP CM Credits Applied For
> 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 your capacity to integrate an understanding of climate change and related implications into the day-to-day decision-making.
> 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 ACCO’s 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. Learn more about the Climate Governance Certificate at www.ACCOonline.org/certificates.html.

About the CCO CertificationTM Program

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.


New England
Regional Academy Series

Co-presented by:

In partnership with
APA-MA, Boston University, City of Cambridge,
City of Medford, Massport, Metropolitan Area Planning Council & Urban Land Institute

Workshop #2:

May 24-25, 2016
8:00am – 6:00pm (both days)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Workshop Agenda:
> Download the preliminary workshop agenda
> Gina Blus – Business Strategy and Planning Consultant, Climate Ready Solutions
> John Bolduc – Environmental Planner, City of Cambridge
> Jay Bruns – Environment Champion, The Hartford
> Nancy Girard – General Counsel, Universal Wind Power
> Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
> Amy Longsworth – Director, Boston Green Ribbon Commission
> Connie Sasala – President, Ternion Advisory Services Ltd.
> Adam Whelchel – Director of Science, The Nature Conservancy
Registration Information:
> Single Workshop:
$595 (general) / $395 (government)
> Complete Series:
$1,495 (general) / $995 (government)
> Early Bird Rates:
Register by April 30 to save $50 on the workshop
> ACCO member discounts:
All discounts applicable
> Registration Deadline:
May 17, 2016
Workshop #3:

Fall/Winter 2016
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.

Workshop #1:

January 7-8, 2016
(The first workshop has already taken place. 
A new workshop #1 will be announced in the
Boston area in Fall/Winter 2016)

The first workshop is a primer on climate science, identifying climate hazards, conducting vulnerability assessments, leveraging climate change data and tools and understanding the energy-water-food nexus. 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..

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