Jan
10
10:00 AM10:00

Colorado Meeting on Assessing Climate Competencies in Critical Infrastructure Sectors

About the Research Initiative:

Interested in Learning More About this Research Project or Attending this Event?

Please contact Daniel Kreeger at dkreeger@ClimateOfficers.org

Understanding and protecting our national infrastructure requires understanding each critical infrastructure sector’s specific functions and needs in the context of the envirophysical factors that can impact them. It is also critical to ensure proper workforce training to design and implement resilience and adaptive planning strategies across these sectors.

Continued power outages and lack of access to clean water continued to plague Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands a month after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, gas prices spiked nationally after Hurricane Harvey left Houston’s oil refineries offline for weeks, hundreds of thousands of acres of agricultural land burned in Northern California due to several intense wildfires and strong winds, leaving behind scorched orchards and vineyards that will take years to regrow, and strong storms and winds from Tropical Strom Phillippe left 1 million customers without power across the northeast.

ACCO has been contracted by the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to assess the workforce’s capacity to effectively engage in preparedness of 5 critical infrastructure sectors in 4 distinct regions of the country.  

Overview of Sectors Selected for this Project:

DHS identifies 16 critical infrastructure sectors essential to the nation’s security and prosperity. For this assessment, ACCO will assess five sectors based on two factors; their susceptibility to envirophysical risks, and conversely, the need for these sectors to remain functional during and immediately after envirophysical events. The sectors selected for this project are:

  • Energy,

  • Food & Agriculture,

  • Water & Wastewater,

  • Communications, and

  • Emergency Services.

Overview of Regions Selected:

To ensure that the project incorporates a representative and diverse set of geographic inputs, ACCO will focus on Colorado, Maryland, Southeastern Florida, and the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Each region has been chosen due to factors including:

  • A cross section of critical infrastructure sectors chosen for the analysis,

  • Susceptibility to various, continued and increasing envirophysical risks,

  • Density of ACCO’s existing non-Federal relationships that can be leveraged for this project,

  • Volume and diversity of extreme events impacting the regions in recent years,

  • Economic significance, and

  • Breadth of Federal agency operations and mission interests.

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Jan
18
10:00 AM10:00

Maryland Meeting on Assessing Climate Competencies in Critical Infrastructure Sectors

About the Research Initiative:

Interested in Learning More About this Research Project or Attending this Event?

Please contact Daniel Kreeger at dkreeger@ClimateOfficers.org

Understanding and protecting our national infrastructure requires understanding each critical infrastructure sector’s specific functions and needs in the context of the envirophysical factors that can impact them. It is also critical to ensure proper workforce training to design and implement resilience and adaptive planning strategies across these sectors.

Continued power outages and lack of access to clean water continued to plague Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands a month after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, gas prices spiked nationally after Hurricane Harvey left Houston’s oil refineries offline for weeks, hundreds of thousands of acres of agricultural land burned in Northern California due to several intense wildfires and strong winds, leaving behind scorched orchards and vineyards that will take years to regrow, and strong storms and winds from Tropical Strom Phillippe left 1 million customers without power across the northeast.

ACCO has been contracted by the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS), on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to assess the workforce’s capacity to effectively engage in preparedness of 5 critical infrastructure sectors in 4 distinct regions of the country.  

Overview of Sectors Selected for this Project:

DHS identifies 16 critical infrastructure sectors essential to the nation’s security and prosperity. For this assessment, ACCO will assess five sectors based on two factors; their susceptibility to envirophysical risks, and conversely, the need for these sectors to remain functional during and immediately after envirophysical events. The sectors selected for this project are:

  • Energy,

  • Food & Agriculture,

  • Water & Wastewater,

  • Communications, and

  • Emergency Services.

Overview of Regions Selected:

To ensure that the project incorporates a representative and diverse set of geographic inputs, ACCO will focus on Colorado, Maryland, Southeastern Florida, and the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Each region has been chosen due to factors including:

  • A cross section of critical infrastructure sectors chosen for the analysis,

  • Susceptibility to various, continued and increasing envirophysical risks,

  • Density of ACCO’s existing non-Federal relationships that can be leveraged for this project,

  • Volume and diversity of extreme events impacting the regions in recent years,

  • Economic significance, and

  • Breadth of Federal agency operations and mission interests.

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Jan
24
to Jan 25

Maryland Climate Leadership Academy (CC-P Prep Series: Cohort A, Class #2)

This 6-month program is designed to help participants build competencies to effectively integrate climate change into their decision-making and professional activities, as well as to advance their entrepreneurship and leadership skills. Leveraging a combination of on-demand online training resources and in-person cohort training, this workshop series will prepare attendees for the CC-P® exams and satisfy most elective requirements for the credential.

The curriculum in this training series will be regionally tailored for Maryland and the mid-Atlantic United States.  Professionals across occupations and leadership roles in the public/private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from this series.

Learn more about the Maryland Climate Leadership Academy at http://www.MDClimateAcademy.org

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Feb
19
to Feb 20

Maryland Climate Leadership Academy (CC-P Prep Series: Cohort B, Class #1)

  • Hagerstown Community College (map)
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This 6-month program is designed to help participants build competencies to effectively integrate climate change into their decision-making and professional activities, as well as to advance their entrepreneurship and leadership skills. Leveraging a combination of on-demand online training resources and in-person cohort training, this workshop series will prepare attendees for the CC-P® exams and satisfy most elective requirements for the credential.

The curriculum in this training series will be regionally tailored for Maryland and the mid-Atlantic United States.  Professionals across occupations and leadership roles in the public/private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from this series.

Learn more about the Maryland Climate Leadership Academy at http://www.MDClimateAcademy.org

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Feb
25
to Feb 26

Midwest Climate Fundamentals Academy (Workshop #1 of 2)

Produced and offered in partnership with Cook County, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Metropolitan Planning Council, ACCO is offering a series of 2-day training academies in Chicago to help participants build competencies to effectively integrate climate change into their decision-making and professional activities. Leveraging a blended learning approach consisting of self-study online training and in-person cohort training, this series provides participants with training that will prepare them for Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) credential exams and will satisfy the corresponding elective requirements.

Series participants will learn from experts about the implications of climate change with a regional focus added for Chicago and the Midwest. Professionals across occupations in the public and private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from this training series.

Class #1 (February 25-26, 2019):

  • Day 1: Climate Science & Vulnerability Assessment

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

    • Climate-103: The Basics of Sea Level Rise and Impacts on Coastal Assets & Infrastructure

    • Climate-104: Public Health Implications of Climate Change

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

    • Climate-202: Leveraging Climate Data & Tools

  • Day 2: GHG, Energy & Water Management

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

    • GHG-102: Fundamentals of the Energy-Water-Food Nexus

    • GHG-201: Establishing GHG Reduction Goals & GHG Management Structures

Class #2 (May 21-22, 2019):

  • Day 3: Governance, Law & Policy

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

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

    • Governance-103: Ethics, Liability & Professionalism

    • Governance-203: Collaborating Beyond Organizational & Institutional Boundaries

    • Case Study: Mapping Preparedness in Key Decision-Making Roles

  • Day 4: Materiality, Risk Management & Economics

    • Economics-101: The Economics of Climate Change

    • Economics-201: Assessing Economic Impacts

    • Enterprise-101: Fundamentals of Risk & Materiality

    • Enterprise-201: Analyzing & Managing Climate Risk

Registration Information:

  • Series: $495 (general) / $345 (government)

  • Individual Workshop: $295 (general) / $195 (government)

  • Registration Deadline: January 31, 2019

  • Member Discounts: ACCO organizational members receive complimentary registration; individual members receive a 20% discount

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Mar
19
to Mar 20

Colorado Climate Fundamentals Academy (Workshop #1 of 2)

  • City Park Recreation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ACCO is offering a series of 2-day training academies in Westminster, Colorado to help participants build competencies to effectively integrate climate change into their decision-making and professional activities. Leveraging a blended learning approach consisting of self-study online training and in-person cohort training, this series provides participants with training that will prepare them for Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) credential exams and will satisfy the corresponding elective requirements.

Series participants will learn from experts about the implications of climate change with a regional focus added for Colorado and the Rockies. Professionals across occupations in the public and private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from this training series.

Class #1 (March 19-20, 2019):

  • Day 1: Climate Science & Vulnerability Assessment

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

    • Climate-103: The Basics of Sea Level Rise and Impacts on Coastal Assets & Infrastructure

    • Climate-104: Public Health Implications of Climate Change

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

    • Climate-202: Leveraging Climate Data & Tools

  • Day 2: GHG, Energy & Water Management

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

    • GHG-102: Fundamentals of the Energy-Water-Food Nexus

    • GHG-201: Establishing GHG Reduction Goals & GHG Management Structures

Class #2 (May 15-16, 2019):

  • Day 3: Governance, Law & Policy

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

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

    • Governance-103: Ethics, Liability & Professionalism

    • Governance-203: Collaborating Beyond Organizational & Institutional Boundaries

    • Case Study: Mapping Preparedness in Key Decision-Making Roles

  • Day 4: Materiality, Risk Management & Economics

    • Economics-101: The Economics of Climate Change

    • Economics-201: Assessing Economic Impacts

    • Enterprise-101: Fundamentals of Risk & Materiality

    • Enterprise-201: Analyzing & Managing Climate Risk

Registration Information:

  • Series: $495 (general) / $345 (government)

  • Individual Workshop: $295 (general) / $195 (government)

  • Registration Deadline: February 28, 2019

  • Member Discounts: ACCO organizational members receive complimentary registration; individual members receive a 20% discount

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May
15
to May 16

Colorado Climate Fundamentals Academy (Workshop #2 of 2)

  • City Park Recreation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

ACCO is offering a series of 2-day training academies in Westminster, Colorado to help participants build competencies to effectively integrate climate change into their decision-making and professional activities. Leveraging a blended learning approach consisting of self-study online training and in-person cohort training, this series provides participants with training that will prepare them for Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) credential exams and will satisfy the corresponding elective requirements.

Series participants will learn from experts about the implications of climate change with a regional focus added for Colorado and the Rockies. Professionals across occupations in the public and private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from this training series.

Class #1 (March 19-20, 2019):

  • Day 1: Climate Science & Vulnerability Assessment

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

    • Climate-103: The Basics of Sea Level Rise and Impacts on Coastal Assets & Infrastructure

    • Climate-104: Public Health Implications of Climate Change

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

    • Climate-202: Leveraging Climate Data & Tools

  • Day 2: GHG, Energy & Water Management

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

    • GHG-102: Fundamentals of the Energy-Water-Food Nexus

    • GHG-201: Establishing GHG Reduction Goals & GHG Management Structures

Class #2 (May 15-16, 2019):

  • Day 3: Governance, Law & Policy

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

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

    • Governance-103: Ethics, Liability & Professionalism

    • Governance-203: Collaborating Beyond Organizational & Institutional Boundaries

    • Case Study: Mapping Preparedness in Key Decision-Making Roles

  • Day 4: Materiality, Risk Management & Economics

    • Economics-101: The Economics of Climate Change

    • Economics-201: Assessing Economic Impacts

    • Enterprise-101: Fundamentals of Risk & Materiality

    • Enterprise-201: Analyzing & Managing Climate Risk

Registration Information:

  • Series: $495 (general) / $345 (government)

  • Individual Workshop: $295 (general) / $195 (government)

  • Workshop #2 Registration Deadline: April 30, 2019

  • Member Discounts: ACCO organizational members receive complimentary registration; individual members receive a 20% discount

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May
21
to May 22

Midwest Climate Fundamentals Academy (Workshop #2 of 2)

Note: Registration for this event is currently limited to full series participation. Individual workshop registration may become available after the completion of the first class in this series..

Produced and offered in partnership with Cook County, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Metropolitan Planning Council, ACCO is offering a series of 2-day training academies in Chicago to help participants build competencies to effectively integrate climate change into their decision-making and professional activities. Leveraging a blended learning approach consisting of self-study online training and in-person cohort training, this series provides participants with training that will prepare them for Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) credential exams and will satisfy the corresponding elective requirements.

Series participants will learn from experts about the implications of climate change with a regional focus added for Chicago and the Midwest. Professionals across occupations in the public and private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from this training series.

Class #2 (May 21-22, 2019):

  • Day 3: Governance, Law & Policy

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

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

    • Governance-103: Ethics, Liability & Professionalism

    • Governance-203: Collaborating Beyond Organizational & Institutional Boundaries

    • Case Study: Mapping Preparedness in Key Decision-Making Roles

  • Day 4: Materiality, Risk Management & Economics

    • Economics-101: The Economics of Climate Change

    • Economics-201: Assessing Economic Impacts

    • Enterprise-101: Fundamentals of Risk & Materiality

    • Enterprise-201: Analyzing & Managing Climate Risk

Registration Information:

  • Series: $495 (general) / $345 (government)

  • Individual Workshop: $295 (general) / $195 (government)

  • Registration Deadline: January 31, 2019

  • Member Discounts: ACCO organizational members receive complimentary registration; individual members receive a 20% discount

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Nov
13
to Nov 14

Clean Energy Means Business

Join municipal and corporate leaders and clean energy innovators to learn how organizations are using renewable energy to cut costs and manage risk. 

Municipal, commercial and non-profit energy buyers throughout the U.S. are turning to clean energy to cut electricity costs and hedge against increasing rates. For many organizations, electricity prices represent a significant overhead cost category. The average U.S. office building spends more than $30,000 annually on energy, including gas. Increasingly, organizations are deploying clean energy solutions to manage risk and provide predictable, long-term energy pricing.

The Clean Energy Means Business Buyer’s Summit, powered by the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) and Compact of Colorado Communities, will bring together leaders in the civic and business community and clean energy experts from throughout the Mountain West to collaborate and share insights on clean energy development. In this day-and-a-half event, attendees will learn the latest innovative strategies for effectively managing electricity costs with clean energy solutions.

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Oct
16
10:30 AM10:30

Colorado Communities Cooperative Launch Meeting

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October 16, 2018 (10:30am - 4:00pm)

City Park Recreation Center (Westminster, CO)

Background:

The Colorado Communities Symposium Recap Report was published in February 2018 to provide a summary of key themes and action items, as well as a set of next steps for interested parties.

More than 90 action items were proposed during the facilitated town halls at the Colorado Communities Symposium. A call for proposals was subsequently announced inviting community leaders, non-profit organizations, higher education institutions and other third-parties to help administer and/or participate in a number of the proposed action items.

The State of Colorado and Compact of Colorado Communities invite you to a workshop that will bring stakeholders together to shape the Colorado Communities Cooperative, an initiative that would facilitate the ongoing collaboration of stakeholders supporting the action items stemming from the Colorado Communities Symposium, as well as new initiatives suggested by stakeholders.

We hope to establish a set of shared understandings among participants, and then leverage this gathering to serve as the platform launch of working groups and task forces for many of the action items.

Event Highlights:

  • Presentation of proposed guidelines for the Cooperative
  • Group discussion to shape and finalize membership guidelines
  • Breakout group discussions aligned with several dozen of theaction items from the Colorado Communities Symposium
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Sep
26
9:00 AM09:00

Institutionalizing Climate Change into Decision-Making (a Climate Week NY event)

  • Baruch College's Newman Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Climate change already impacts how the world around us functions, and it will increasingly continue to do so well into the future.  Successful organizations will design programs and products, build cities and infrastructure, and run businesses and institutions with an eye toward planning and preparing for prospective and likely changes to climate norms.  Doing so requires forward-thinking organizations to re-evaluate governance, job descriptions, performance expectations and training requirements.

ACCO and Baruch College invite public/private sector executives, officials and senior managers to a special Climate Week event featuring institutions that have been developing and implementing solutions to build institutional capacity for sound climate change action and preparedness.

Advancing Human Capital & Decision-Making (9:00am – 12:00pm)

Insights from leaders of some of the most cutting-edge leadership and technical support building initiatives in the world aimed at embedding climate change competencies throughout the various lines of business and professions within an organization.

Featured Topics

  • Assessing workforce capabilities & governance structures

  • Developing a strategic training plan for building and sustaining capacity

  • Measuring the value and progress of capacity building efforts

  • Incorporating climate change into job descriptions and performance expectations

Confirmed Speakers

  • Matthew Fleming – Director, Chesapeake & Coastal Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

  • Anita Seitz – Councilmember, City of Westminster & President Colorado Communities for Climate Action (CC4CA)

  • Steve Skadron – Mayor, City of Aspen

  • Susanne Torriente – Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami Beach

  • Paul Miller – Director of Credentialing & Training Programs, Association of Climate Change Officers

Networking Lunch & Special Guest Speaker (12:00pm – 1:30pm)

  • Richard Cantor – Chief Risk Officer, Moody's

Understanding and Operationalizing the Findings of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (1:30pm – 4:00pm)

In 2017, the Michael Bloomberg chaired Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures published a guidance on a disclosure framework that publicly traded companies should be following in providing information to investors, lenders, insurers and other stakeholders.  These findings are applicable to government agencies and higher education institutions, who are facing increasing scrutiny from many of these same external stakeholders.

Featured Topics

  • Understanding the basics of the guidance including drivers for investors, insurers and bond rating agencies

  • Findings from early pilot projects and implications for non-financial sectors (e.g. forestry, natural resources, consumer goods, IT)

  • Examining the change management implications of climate change and evolving governance structures

  • Evaluating the gaps and forecasting the future of disclosure

Confirmed Speakers

  • Libby Bernick – Managing Director and Global Head of Trucost Corporate Business, S&P Global

  • Melanie Dickersbach – Climate & Environment Strategy Manager, Exelon Corporation

  • Stephen Donofrio – Principal & Founder, Greenpoint Innovations

  • Dave Jones – Insurance Commissioner, State of California

  • Michael Mondshine – Vice President, Sustainability, Energy and Climate Change, WSP

  • Mardi McBrien – Managing Director, Climate Disclosure Standards Board

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Jun
27
to Jun 28

Colorado Climate Fundamentals Academy (Workshop #3 of 3)

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Produced and offered in partnership with the Colorado Municipal League, Colorado Water Conservation Board and Compact of Colorado Communities, workshop participants will learn from experts about risk management, materiality, disclosure, ethics and professional liability, communicating with senior decision-makers and working across organizational boundaries and jurisdictions 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.

Course Syllabus:

Registration Information:

  • Single Workshop: $245 (general) / $145 (government)
  • Registration Deadline: June 22, 2018
  • Member Discounts: ACCO organizational members receive complimentary registration; individual members receive a 20% discount

Confirmed Instructors:

  • Taryn Finnessey – Senior Climate Change Specialist, Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Julie Fox Gorte – Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing, Pax World Management
  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Lauren Rogge – Senior Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Additional instructors to be announced shortly
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Jun
13
to Jun 14

Northern California Climate Fundamentals Academy (Workshop #3 of 3)

  • University of California at Berkeley (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Produced and offered in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley, workshop participants will learn from experts about risk management, materiality, disclosure, ethics and professional liability, communicating with senior decision-makers and working across organizational boundaries and jurisdictions 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.

Course Syllabus:

Registration Information:

  • Single Workshop: $245 (general) / $145 (government)
  • Registration Deadline: June 6, 2018
  • Early Bird Rates: Register by May 1 to save $50 on the workshop
  • Member Discounts: ACCO organizational members receive complimentary registration; individual members receive a 20% discount

Confirmed Instructors:

  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Additional instructors to be announced shortly
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May
21
9:30 AM09:30

Launch Meeting: Maryland Climate Academy

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We've all seen the substantial havoc and destruction of hurricanes, droughts and wildfires across the United States.  The 2016 Ellicott City flood and ongoing nuisance flooding throughout the eastern shore is a call for Maryland leaders to institutionalize climate change into decision-making in local/state government and critical infrastructure sectors. 

On May 21, participants will discuss a vision for the nation's first statewide climate academy, a joint venture between the State of Maryland and the Association of Climate Change Officers. 

Additionally, the meeting hosts will present a vision for establishing a collaborative network of local/state government and infrastructure sector leaders focused upon knowledge exchange, cohort learning and resource sharing.

This portion of the State of the Coast Conference is an invitation only meeting.  To inquire about attendance, please email dkreeger@ClimateOfficers.org.

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May
21
to May 23

Maryland State of the Coast Conference

Maryland’s Inaugural State of the Coast Conference

ACCO is a partner to the Maryland State of the Coast Conference and will be producing and supporting content throughout the event.

Maryland’s first conference on healthy ecosystems, resilient communities and vibrant economies, titled State of the Coast Conference - Connecting People, Innovation and Opportunity, will take place May 21-23, at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge.

With an annual economic contribution of more than $200 billion that supports 1.6 million jobs, the health of Maryland’s coast and its resources are inextricably connected to the health of our state’s economy and environment. Today, our coastal communities are faced with environmental shifts such as climate change, sea level rise and the increasingly significant impacts of catastrophic weather events. This makes the already challenging tasks of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, safeguarding people and infrastructure, and facilitating commerce even more complex.

The event will provide a forum for thoughtful and insightful discussion as to what has occurred, what is happening now, and how that knowledge should frame planning and management moving forward. With the most pressing challenges facing our coast, coastal habitats and communities, what could be more appropriate then a conference focused on connecting people, innovation and opportunity?

Join public and private sector participants for an interdisciplinary forum to exchange timely and relevant information on the dynamic conditions of Maryland’s coastal communities, environment, and economy, and apply that information to existing and future restoration and protection efforts, policies and decision-making. We hope to bring together the unique blend of people involved in policy, science, strategy, business, and on-the-ground restoration and management.

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Apr
20
8:30 AM08:30

Launch Meeting: Climate Compact of Texan Communities

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An EarthX Texas Event

We have a great opportunity to advance Texans’ security, public health and economic vitality by working together as local leaders -- and we've all seen the substantial havoc and destruction of hurricanes, droughts and wildfires in Texas and across the United States.  Across the state, cities and counties are developing innovative ways to deploy sensible and aggressive energy solutions, build community resilience and stimulate local economies.  

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Mayor Dale Ross, Trammell Crow and the Association of Climate Change Officers invite you to join us in Dallas for a meeting to be held at EarthX Texas.  At the meeting, we will explore the opportunity to forge a network of Texas cities and counties working together to build capacity on clean energy and resilience through training, knowledge exchange, resource sharing and aggregating interests.  We will be joined by dozens of Texas community leaders, and will hear insights from leaders who have established similar initiatives around the country.

This meeting is an invitation only meeting.  To inquire about attendance, please email dkreeger@ClimateOfficers.org.

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Feb
23
8:30 AM08:30

Roundtable: Scaling up Smart Energy Solutions in the Carolina

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Registration is free and available for ACCO members and by invitation only to non-members.  Contact Erin Cummings (ecummings@ClimateOfficers.org) for more information about this roundtable.

As public and private sector organizations in the Carolinas work toward scaling up smart energy solutions, ACCO is convening thought leaders to explore related institutional challenges and opportunities. Our objective is to develop resources and training to advance capabilities in the region.

The roundtable, along with subsequent convenings to be produced by ACCO in the region in 2018, will help public and private sector organizations advance renewable energy strategies by overcoming common institutional barriers and taking advantage of key opportunities and more advanced approaches. Even the most seasoned practitioners will benefit from these important discussions.

Program Highlights

  • Hear insights and policy directives from regional leaders
  • Engage with peer corporate, municipal and higher education leaders to learn from their experiences and explore opportunities for aggregating demand
  • Provide input that will help to shape convenings and group action items

Steering Committee

  • Sarah Adair – Principal Environmental Specialist, Stakeholder Engagement, Duke Energy
  • Lori Collins – Sustainability Consultant, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality
  • David Doctor – President, E4Carolinas
  • Rob Phocas – Director of Sustainability, City of Charlotte
  • Scott Tew – Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand
  • David Young – Associate Director, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center, UNC Charlotte
  • Erin Cummings – Program Manager, ACCO
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Jan
31
to Feb 2

Colorado Communities Symposium

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January 31 - February 2, 2018

Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center

Join Governor John Hickenlooper and dozens of elected officials and community and business leaders from throughout Colorado to participate in visioning workshops and educational programs related to climate preparedness and clean energy development in Colorado. 

The Colorado Communities Symposium will feature a series of plenary sessions, breakout tracks with interactive scenario planning sessions, training events and roundtable discussions, tabletop exhibition, post-conference workshops and meetings, networking events and an awards dinner.

To learn more about this event, please visit http://www.ColoradoCommunities.org.

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Jan
22
2:00 PM14:00

Roundtable: Scaling up Clean Energy in the Chicago Region

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Registration is free and available for ACCO members and by invitation only to non-members.  Contact Erin Cummings (ecummings@ClimateOfficers.org) for more information about this roundtable.

As public and private sector organizations in Chicago region work toward scaling up clean energy procurement and consumption, ACCO is convening thought leaders to explore related institutional challenges and opportunities. Our objective is to develop resources and training to advance capabilities in the region.

The roundtable, along with subsequent convenings to be produced by ACCO in the region in 2018, will help public and private sector organizations advance renewable energy strategies by overcoming common institutional barriers and taking advantage of key opportunities and more advanced approaches. Even the most seasoned practitioners will benefit from these important discussions.

Program Highlights

  • Hear insights and policy directives from regional leaders
  • Engage with peer corporate, municipal and higher education leaders to learn from their experiences and explore opportunities for aggregating demand
  • Provide input that will help to shape convenings and group action items

Roundtable Presenters

  • Doug Scott – Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Great Plains Institute

Steering Committee

  • Steve Frenkel – Executive Director, Current
  • Deborah Stone – Chief Sustainability Officer, Cook County
  • Cindy Banai-Klein – Associate Chancellor for Sustainability, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Lev Goldberg – Founder - Gridchain, Exelon
  • Erin Cummings – Program Manager, ACCO
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Oct
24
to Oct 25

Colorado Climate Fundamentals Academy (Workshop #3 of 3)

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Produced and offered in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado Water Conservation Board and Colorado Municipal League, workshop participants will learn from experts about risk management, materiality, disclosure, ethics and professional liability, communicating with senior decision-makers and working across organizational boundaries and jurisdictions 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.

Course Syllabus:

  • Enterprise-201: Analyzing Climate Risks, Assessing Materiality & Disclosure
  • Climate-203: Developing an Adaptation Plan for Your Organization
  • Governance-103: Ethics, Liability & Professionalism
  • Governance-202: Making the Case for Climate Action to the C-Suite and Public Leaders
  • Governance-203: Collaborating Beyond Organizational & Institutional Boundaries
  • Case Studies from Colorado Municipalities & Businesses
  • Interactive Exercise Addressing Future Scenarios
  • Climate Policy Updates

Registration Information:

  • Single Workshop: $595 (general) / $395 (government)
  • Registration Deadline: September 7, 2017
  • Early Bird Rates: Register by February 28 to save $50 on the workshop or $150 on the series

Confirmed Instructors:

  • Taryn Finnessey – Senior Climate Change Specialist, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado Department of Natural Resources
  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Additional instructors to be announced shortly
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Jul
20
to Jul 21

National Capital Climate Fundamentals Academy (Workshop #3 of 3)

Held in partnership with the District Department of Energy & Environment, Metropolitan Washington Council on Governments, Exelon and Dentons, workshop participants will build upon foundational knowledge from the first two workshops in this series by learning about materiality and climate risk assessment, assessing the economic implications of climate change and prospective response initiatives, 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.

Workshop Modules, Case Studies & Exercises:

  • Economics-101: The Economics of Climate Change
  • Enterprise-201: Analyzing & Quantifying Climate Risk, Assessing Materiality and Disclosing Climate Risk
  • Governance-103: Ethics, Liability & Professionalism
  • Governance-202: Making the Case for Climate Action to the C-Suite and Public Leaders
  • Governance-203: Collaborating Beyond Organizational & Institutional Boundaries
  • Climate-104: The Public Health Implications of Climate Change

Registration Information:

  • Single Workshop: $595 (general) / $395 (government)
  • Complete Series: $1,495 (general) / $995 (government)
  • Registration Deadline: July 13, 2017

Confirmed Instructors:

  • Richard Crespin – CEO, CollaborateUp
  • Lindene Patton – Partner, Earth & Water Group
  • Keith Rizzardi – Associate Professor, St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Additional instructors to be announced shortly
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South Florida Climate Fundamentals Academy (Workshop #3 of 3)
Jun
26
to Jun 27

South Florida Climate Fundamentals Academy (Workshop #3 of 3)

Produced and offered in partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale and Florida International University's College of Communication, Architecture and the Arts, workshop participants will build upon foundational knowledge from the first two workshops in this series by learning about materiality and climate risk assessment, assessing the economic implications of climate change and prospective response initiatives, 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.

Workshop Modules, Case Studies & Exercises

  • Economics-101: The Economics of Climate Change
  • Enterprise-201: Analyzing & Quantifying Climate Risk, Assessing Materiality and Disclosing Climate Risk
  • Governance-103: Ethics, Liability & Professionalism
  • Governance-202: Making the Case for Climate Action to the C-Suite and Public Leaders
  • Governance-203: Collaborating Beyond Organizational & Institutional Boundaries
  • Climate-104: The Public Health Implications of Climate Change

Registration Information:

  • Single Workshop: $595 (general) / $395 (government)
  • Complete Series: $1,495 (general) / $995 (government)
  • Registration Deadline: June 23, 2017

Confirmed Instructors:

  • Richard Crespin – CEO, CollaborateUp
  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Lindene Patton – Partner, Earth & Water Group
  • Keith Rizzardi – Professor, St. Thomas University
  • Additional instructors to be announced shortly
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Jun
21
3:00 PM15:00

Roundtable: Scaling up Renewables in Southern California

Registration is free and available for ACCO members and by invitation only to non-members.  Contact Daniel Kreeger (dkreeger@ACCOonline.org) for more information about this roundtable.

As public and private sector organizations in Southern California work toward scaling up renewable energy procurement and consumption, ACCO is convening thought leaders to explore related institutional challenges and opportunities. Our objective is to develop resources and training to advance capabilities in the region.

The roundtable, along with subsequent workshops to be produced by ACCO in 2017 and 2018, will help public and private sector electricity consumers advance renewable energy strategies by overcoming common barriers and taking advantage of key opportunities and more advanced approaches. Even the most seasoned practitioners will benefit from important knowledge exchange and discussions.

Program Highlights

  • Hear insights and policy directives from Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
  • Engage with peer corporate, municipal and higher education leaders in the region to learn from their experiences and explore opportunities for aggregating demand
  • Provide input that will help to shape a Fall 2017 and subsequent workshops/curriculum critical to advancing workforce competencies in scaling up renewable energy procurement and consumption

Roundtable Presenters

  • Gary Gero – Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles County
  • Nancy Sutley – Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power
  • Mark Gold – Associate Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability, Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, UCLA

Steering Committee

  • Niels Crone – Senior Vice President, Business Development, CustomerFirst Renewables
  • Gary Gero – Chief Sustainability Officer, Los Angeles County
  • Aaron Gross – Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer & Director of Strategic Initiatives, Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power
  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, ACCO
  • Cassie Rauser – Director, Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, UCLA

Confirmed Participants

Representatives from the following organizations have already confirmed participation:

AEG Worldwide, Angeleno Group, Cal State LA, Cal Tech, California State University, City of Los Angeles, Cumming, CustomerFirst Renewables, Energy Coalition, Grid Alternatives, L.A. County, L.A. Department of Water & Power, L.A. Department of Water & Power, L.A. Metro Transit, Loyola Marymount, Northrop Grumman, Port of Long Beach, Port of San Diego, Sony Pictures, U.S. EPA Region 9, U.S. Navy & UCLA

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Northern California Climate Fundamentals Academies (Workshop #2 of 3)
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Northern California Climate Fundamentals Academies (Workshop #2 of 3)

  • Stanford University Central Energy Facility (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Held in partnership with Stanford University, workshop participants will learn from experts about the implications of climate change with a regional focus added for Northern California and the pacific coast of the United States. Professionals from the public and private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from the classroom-style, interactive training activities.  Comprehensive information on this workshop is available at http://California.ACCOonline.org.

Workshop Course Modules, Case Studies & Exercises:

Registration Information:

  • Single Workshop: $595 (general) / $395 (government)
  • Complete Series: $1,495 (general) / $995 (government)
  • Early Bird Rates: Register by April 15 to save $50 on the workshop or $150 on the series
  • Registration Deadline: May 26, 2017

Confirmed Instructors:

  • Fahmida Ahmed  Director of Sustainability, Stanford University
  • Sally Barros  Sustainability Manager, City of San Leandro
  • Joe Bialowitz – National Environmental Program Leader, Kaiser Permanente
  • Catherine Harrison – Program Manager, Center for Climate Change and Health, Public Health Institute
  • Bryan Jacob – Chief Climate Coach, Climate Coach International, LLC
  • Bruce Klafter – Vice-President, Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility, Flextronics
  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Additional instructors to be announced shortly
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May
1
to May 2

Colorado Climate Fundamentals Academy (Workshop #2 of 3)

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Produced and offered in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado Water Conservation Board and Colorado Municipal League, workshop participants will learn from experts about greenhouse gas management and accounting, the energy-water-food nexus, organizational change, stakeholder engagement and basic adaptation planning frameworks 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.

Course Syllabus:

  • GHG-101: Basics of GHG Accounting, Reporting & Disclosing GHG Emissions
  • GHG-102: The Fundamentals of the Energy, Water & Food Nexus
  • GHG-201: Establishing GHG Reduction Goals & Management Structures
  • Governance-101: Engaging Stakeholders & Establishing Strategies for Leading Organizational Change
  • Economics-101: The Economics of Climate Change
  • Case Studies from Colorado Municipalities & Businesses
  • Interactive Exercise Addressing Future Scenarios
  • Special Guest Remarks from Local Officials

Registration Information:

  • Single Workshop: $595 (general) / $395 (government)
  • Complete Series: $1,495 (general) / $995 (government)
  • Early Bird Rates: Register by February 28 to save $50 on the workshop or $150 on the series
  • Registration Deadline: April 27, 2017

Confirmed Instructors:

  • Elizabeth Babcock – Manager, Air, Water and Climate, Denver Department of Environmental Health
  • Elizabeth Carlton – Asst. Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health  
  • Sean Carpenter – Climate Economy Advisor, City of Fort Collins
  • Taryn Finnessey – Senior Climate Change Specialist, Colorado Department of Natural Resources
  • Kealy Herman – Project Consultant, Sustainability and Energy, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Thomas Herrod – Climate & Policy Analyst, City & County of Denver
  • Bryan Jacob – Chief Climate Coach, Climate Coach International, LLC
  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Frank Rukavina – Director of Sustainability, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Stacy Tellinghuisen – Senior Climate Policy Analyst, Western Resource Advocates
  • Jeff Yorzyk – Director of Sustainability, Green Chef
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Mar
13
to Mar 14

Northern California Climate Fundamentals Academy (Workshop #1 of 3)

Held in partnership with Stanford University, workshop participants will learn from experts about the implications of climate change with a regional focus added for Northern California and the pacific coast of the United States. 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 core principles of organizational change and stakeholder engagement strategies.  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
  • Excerpts from Climate-103: The Basics of Sea Level Rise & Impacts on Coastal Assets & Infrastructure
  • Climate-201: Identifying Climate Hazards & Conducting Vulnerability Assessments
  • Excerpts from Climate-202: Leveraging Climate Data and Tools
  • Governance-101: Engaging Stakeholders & Establishing Strategies for Leading Organizational Change
  • Case Study: Projecting Climate Change Implications for the Northern California Region
  • Special Guest Remarks from Local Officials

Registration Information:

  • Single Workshop: $595 (general) / $395 (government)
  • Complete Series: $1,495 (general) / $995 (government)
  • Early Bird Rates: Register by January 31 to save $50 on the workshop or $150 on the series
  • Registration Deadline: March 7, 2017

Confirmed Instructors:

  • Fahmida Ahmed – Director of Sustainability, Stanford University
  • Michael Anderson – State Climatologist, Division of Flood Management, California Department of Water Resources
  • Gina Blus – Business Strategy and Planning Consultant, Climate Ready Solutions
  • Cal Broomhead – Energy and Climate Program Manager, City and County of San Francisco
  • Gil Friend – Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Palo Alto
  • David Herring – Director, Communications & Education, Climate Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Katharine Mach – Senior Research Scientist, Earth System Science & Director, Environment Assessment Facility, Stanford University
  • Additional instructors to be announced shortly
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