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The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is offering a series of 2-day training academies in Fort Lauderdale 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 the City of Fort Lauderdale, American Planning Association's Broward Chapter, the Florida International University College of Architecture and the Arts, and the CLEO Institute, workshop participants will build upon foundational knowledge from the first two workshops in this series by learning about materiality and climate risk assessment, making the business case for climate action and strategies for engaging across organizational and jurisdictional boundaries with a regional focus added for Florida. 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 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

  • Economics-101: The Economics of Climate Change

  • Case Study: The Public Health Implications of Climate Change

  • Group Exercise: Planning for 30 Years in 30 Years

  • Group Exercise: Benchmarking Success

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 Approved
> 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.


South Florida
Regional Academy Series

Presented in collaboration with:




Workshop #3:

February 28-March 1, 2017
8:00am – 6:00pm (both days)

Fort Lauderdale Beach
Community Center
3351 NE 33rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

> To be announced shortly
Registration Information:
> Single Workshop:
$595 (general) / $395 (government)
> Early Bird Rates:
Register by November 30 to save $50 on the workshop
> ACCO member discounts:
All discounts applicable
> Registration Deadline:
February 21, 2017
New Workshops #1 & #2:

Spring/Summer/Fall 2017
Miami Beach, FL
Details to be announced shortly

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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