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National Adaptation Forum Workshop on Organization-Wide Training Strategies & State of the Workforce

  • Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center (Madison, WI) 1 John Nolen Drive Madison, WI 53703 United States (map)
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Institutionalizing Climate Change into Decision-Making:
Discussions on Organization-Wide Training Strategies & Overall Workforce State

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 – and standardization of those efforts across institutions and sectors.

The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) invites you to a session that will:

  • Provide insights for an organization-wide approach to building climate literacy and competencies and sustaining that capacity over the long-term;

  • Share findings from recent research contracted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on climate preparedness in critical infrastructure sectors; and

  • Discuss the state of professional credentialing, workforce development, training and practice standardization.


  • Matthew Fleming – Director, Maryland Chesapeake & Coastal Service

  • Nancy Gassman, CC-P – Assistant Director of Public Works, Sustainability, City of Fort Lauderdale

  • Erin Cummings – Great Lakes Regional Coordinator, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

  • Gavin Dillingham, CC-P – Program Director, Clean Energy Policy, Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

  • Michael Drennan, CC-P – Lead Auditor/Facilitator, Fides et Radio Consulting

  • Ann Erhardt – Director of Sustainability, Michigan State University

  • Richard DeVoe – Executive Director, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium

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