Mar
27
2:00 pm14:00

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

About this Training

This course guides participants through the process steps required to establish and implement a GHG reduction goal. The instructors will provide brief case studies highlighting how their respective organizations adapted process elements to meet their business objectives. Key questions that will be addressed include determining objectives, establishing a baseline, establishing a business as usual forecast, setting GHG reduction targets, selling to senior management, and how to devise a viable implementation plan. The instructors will also provide direction on applicable tools and references, and they will lead discussion on how to overcome some of the most challenging obstacles.

Learning Objectives

  • Determining GHG management objectives, baselines, and ‘aggressiveness’ benchmarks
  • Forecasting business as usual emissions and setting reduction targets
  • Selling reduction targets and management goals to management
  • Communicating goals and progress internally and externally
  • Developing and implementing an initiative for reduction goals
  • Identifying the right approach for an organization
  • Understanding the methods available for developing targets
  • Engaging in peer benchmarking/comparison as well as best practices
  • Examining the structure of reduction goals (absolute vs. intensity, etc.)
  • Understanding the inter-annual variability in emissions and how it affects goal parameters

Instructors

  • Matthew Aberant – Project Director, Sustainability and Energy, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Thomas Day – Chief Sustainability Officer, U.S. Postal Service

Registration Information

  • Registration Fee: $100
  • Complimentary for ACCO members (login to ACCO member portal for discount to be applied automatically)
Mar
28
1:00 pm13:00

Economics-101: The Economics of Climate Change

About the Training

Climate change is already having profound effects on world economies. Disruptions and costs associated with extreme events, sea level rise, heat waves, ecological degradation and resource scarcity will only increase as global warming progresses, and far outweigh any short term costs of meaningful climate action. In this Bootcamp, instructors will lay out the basic economic argument for businesses and governments to tackle climate change mitigation and adaptation, and show such action can safeguard the stability of our societies in generations to come.

Learning Objectives

  • Fundamentals of economic theories and concepts
  • Climate change impacts on global economies and markets
  • Quantifying disruptions and costs associated with climate change, climate variability and extreme events
  • Accounting for the economics and future prices of energy, water, air, and other natural resources
  • Cost/benefit analysis of climate action (or inaction)
  • Leveraging microeconomic tools
  • Collecting and integrating information from a variety of sources

Instructors

  • Sean Carpenter – Climate Economist, City of Fort Collins (Colorado)
  • Lindene Patton – Principal, Earth & Water LLC

Registration Information

  • Registration Fee: $50
  • Complimentary for ACCO members (login to ACCO member portal for discount to be applied automatically)
    Apr
    13
    1:00 pm13:00

    Climate-104: The Public Health Implications of Climate Change

    About this Training

    This course examines how climate change is already affecting human health from the perspectives of social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health services management and policy. Attendees will learn how climate impacts on food, water and air quality, along with weather events create risks for human health.  Course content will include implications of degraded air quality, disease transmission and vectors, vulnerabilities to asthma and allergies, and changes to traditional norms.  The course will also address the nexus of climate change impacts with other underlying health, demographic, and socioeconomic factors.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understanding the public health implications of climate change
    • Assessing trends in public health likely to take place as climate impacts increase
    • Leveraging resources to identify impacts likely to be experienced in certain geographic regions or region type
    • Effectively and persuasively communicating climate change and public health considerations

    Instructors

    • Kathryn Conlon – Epidemiologist, Climate and Health Program, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • George Luber – Chief, Climate and Health Program, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Registration Information

    • Registration Fee: $50
    • Complimentary for ACCO members (login to ACCO member portal for discount to be applied automatically)

    Mar
    2
    1:00 pm13:00

    Climate-102: Understanding Climate Variability, Extreme Events, and Long-Term Climate Change

    About the Training

    There is inherent variability built into the Earth's natural systems, but anthropogenic disruption of the atmosphere, biosphere and oceans is leading to longer-term climatic changes that cannot be ignored. More frequent and more extreme occurrences of certain types of weather events associated with climate change also increasingly challenge resilience and recovery. This Bootcamp gives participants an understanding of current climatic trends and shorter-term consequences that is critical to ensuring the stability and long-term success of an organization. Participants will learn about longer-term natural climate trends as a baseline for understanding current human disruptions to the climate system.

    Learning Objectives

    • Discerning the difference between climate variability and climate change
    • Understanding the difference between climate and weather
    • Assessing probability, magnitude and returns of extreme events
    • Understanding uncertainties and limitations of climate projections, and how and when extreme weather events might change:
    • Understanding IDF curves (intensity, duration, frequency)
    • Attributing extreme events or weather patterns to climate change
    • Understanding of regional / local examples as well as global data
    • Distinguishing between climate change and modern climate variability, and communicating these issues
    • Placing modern climate change in the context of long-term climate records

    Instructor

    • Tom Di Liberto – Meteorologist, NOAA Climate Prediction Center

    Registration Information

    • Registration Fee: $50
    • Complimentary for ACCO members (login to ACCO member portal for discount to be applied automatically)

    Feb
    27
    1:00 pm13:00

    Energy-101: Creating a Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Management Program

    About this Training

    Energy efficiency is a key component of any organization’s climate change strategy. This bootcamp will provide an overview of how to approach and finance energy efficiency projects and incorporate efficiency into broader management programs. Attendees will learn how energy efficiency benefits are monetized, understand various types of audit approaches and tools, assess the strengths and weaknesses of these in the context of their organizations, and link energy metrics to GHG accounting metrics. They will leave with an understanding of where their organizations lie along the energy efficiency spectrum as well as how to make energy efficiency programs last beyond initial projects by integrating them into organizational processes and culture.

    Learning Objectives

    • Establishing an energy efficiency management strategy for your org, including setting boundaries and assessing creating an action plan, implementation, and establishing criteria for success
    • Communicating the financial benefits of emission and energy reduction projects
    • Leveraging tools and resources to support initiatives and recruit supporters
    • Learning strategies for measuring results and expanding programs

    Instructors

    • Andy Mitchell – Project Manager, Better Buildings Alliance, U.S. Department of Energy
    • Tom Pagliuco – Director, Global Energy Engineering, Allergan
    • Scott Tew – Executive Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand

    Registration Details

    • Registration Fee: $50
    • Complimentary for ACCO members (login to ACCO member portal for discount to be applied automatically)