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Midwest Climate Fundamentals Academy (Workshop #1 of 2)


  • The Illini Center 200 South Wacker Drive Chicago, IL, 60606 United States (map)

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

  • Confirmed Faculty (Additional Instructors to be announced shortly)

  • Margaret Eaglin — Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, City of Chicago

  • Elena Grossman — Project Coordinator, BRACE-Illinois

  • David Herring — Manager, NOAA Climate Program Office

  • Daniel Kreeger — Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers

  • Jamie Meyers — Energy Manager, Bureau of Asset Management, Cook County

  • Doug Sisterson — Meteorologist, Argonne National Laboratory


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 Extended: February 11, 2019

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