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About the Training Program:

Local governments in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex are looking to institutionalize climate change into decision-making across a broad range of planning, policy and operations activities, and to galvanize support across their organizations and key stakeholder communities.  Doing so requires addressing building awareness and competencies by developing a long-term, sustainable training strategy. 

The City of Dallas is inviting senior staff and officials from DFW Metroplex local governments to participate in a one-day training program designed to build a foundational understanding of the risks and opportunities that climate change poses for the region and the role of local government in response.

Draft Agenda:

8:30am            Welcome & Introductions

9:00am            Climate Change Fundamentals and Impacts on Local Governments and Communities

10:00am          The Present & Future of Energy, Water, Food & Waste in the Dallas Metroplex & Texas

10:30am          Break

10:45am          Basics of Public Health, Climate Change and Sensible Preparedness

11:15am          Assessing Change and Leveraging Tools to Inform Decision-Making

12:00pm         Networking Lunch with Special Guest Remarks

1:00pm            Group Exercise: Conducting a Change or Vulnerability Assessment

1:45pm            The Landscape of Ethics, Liability, Risk & Economics

2:15pm            Understanding Sustainability & Climate Change Goals in the DFW Metroplex

2:45pm            Break

3:00pm            Conceptualizing Organizational Transformation & Stakeholder Engagement & Working Across Organizational Boundaries

3:30pm            Group Exercise: DFW Fishbowl Charrette

4:00pm            Enterprise Risk Management, Materiality & Prioritizing Initiatives

4:30pm            Group Exercise: Develop & Defend a Stance on a Priority Initiative