May
3
1:00 pm13:00

Governance-103: Ethics, Liability & Professionalism

Numerous occupations require practitioners to possess special licenses and responsibilities that hold them to higher standards, as well as demand special knowledge and skill, when undertaking their professional responsibilities.  Those practitioners working on climate change related considerations must discern between fact and fiction, and engage in difficult, realistic assessments of risk.  This course examines ethical duties, legal liability considerations, and one's professional responsibilities and aspirations in the context of climate change.

Preliminary Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the need to make distinctions between fact and risk, and the implications on the duties of professional competence
  • Considering how ethical standards apply to numerous occupations working on climate change initiatives, including how to locate relevant provisions of professional codes
  • Understanding the elements of professional negligence and malpractice, exploring actual legal cases involving professional negligence, and discussing how disclosures and contracts and defenses, such as caveat emptor and sovereign immunity, can minimize liability in various professional disciplines
  • Recognizing how the mandates of ethical codes do, and do not, influence civil or criminal liability, and distinguishing between the risks of professional discipline and the risks of professional negligence
  • Thinking about aspirations of professionalism, and whether and how non-mandatory documents associated with various professions should influence climate change professionals

Instructors

  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
  • Keith Rizzardi – Professor, St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Additional instructor(s) to be announced

Registration Information

  • Registration Fee: $50
  • Complimentary for ACCO members (login to ACCO member portal for discount to be applied automatically)
May
11
1:00 pm13:00

SupplyChain-101: Introduction to Assessing Climate Related Risks in the Supply Chain

About this Training

Course participants will be shown the process of identifying and addressing climate-related risks throughout the tiers of a supply chain. Instructors will provide widely accepted definitions, highlight concepts, and identify relevant online tools. Upon completing this bootcamp, participants will not only have an overall management concept of climate-change related supply chain risk, but they will also be better prepared to successfully engage the organizational stakeholders necessary to address those risks and opportunities.

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding and identifying climate related risks to supply chain, including physical, large scale, regulatory, and customer/stakeholder perceptions
  • Viewing, mapping and analyzing these risks
  • Recognizing the impacts climate-related risks have on the supply chain

Instructors

  • Bridget Ferrari – Sourcing Manager, Enel Green Power North America
  • Connie Sasala – Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Edison Energy
  • Kevin Watson – Manager, Life Cycle Logistics and Supply Chain Management, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Registration Information

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

 

May
23
1:00 pm13:00

Climate-201: Identifying Climate Hazards & Conducting Vulnerability Assessments

Recommended Exam Prep Course (Climate Science & Vulnerability Assessment)

Course participants will receive an introduction to available community-relevant information sources and tools, climate data sets, and a template to help assess an organization's (or region's) climate risks and current resilience. Attendees will learn how to define climate-related hazards, recognize differential impacts of those hazards, identify existing and future risks, fully understand their current vulnerabilities and strengths, identify and utilize stakeholder partnerships to inform the decision making process, and evaluate the most critical vulnerabilities for their organization.

Learning Objectives

  • Clarifying relevant terminology
  • Understanding the importance of doing cross-sector, cross-discipline and whole community analysis
  • Understanding the basics of risk analysis framework and risk management approaches (i.e. defining criticality, prioritizing vulnerabilities), and incorporating climate change into risk analysis activities, strategies and portfolios
  • Learning how historical data on climate hazards and community indicators are accessed and used (including socioeconomic and health data)
  • Evaluating gaps in data and vulnerability knowledge
  • Learning about vulnerability assessments and natural catastrophe modeling, and the resources necessary to undertake vulnerability assessment work
  • Grasping timeframes and frequency of different climate hazards, aligning these with decision making processes, and effectively communicating about these issues

Instructors

  • Gina Blus – Principal, Climate Ready Solutions
  • David Herring – Director, Climate Program Office, NOAA
  • Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, ACCO

Registration Information

  • Registration Fee: $100 ($80 through ACCO partner organizations)
  • Complimentary for ACCO members (login to ACCO member portal for discount to be applied automatically)
    May
    30
    2:00 pm14:00

    SupplyChain-201: Getting Actionable Supply Chain Data & Engaging Suppliers

    Elective: 2 hours

    This courses addresses two key questions:

    1. how to get meaningful and actionable data about and from suppliers; and

    2. how to move beyond the supplier inquiry to a more collaborative and mutually beneficial discussion.

    The instructors will provide attendees with best practices and strategies for determining who is using data and how it will be used, what data is useful, and how to avoid redundancy while getting data. The bootcamp will provide an overview of strategies for implementation in a procurement decisions and an understanding of how data will be used in procurement decisions. Through case studies, participants will be exposed to leading practices and gain insights as to when/how to affect change in the supply chain. The course will also touch on the integration of data into existing systems and on how to prepare teams for supply chain changes.

    Learning Objectives

    • Getting meaningful and actionable data from, and about, their suppliers
    • Moving beyond the supplier inquiry to a more collaborative and mutually-beneficial discussion
    • Determining best practices for data collection and usage
    • Understanding how data can be integrated into the procurement processes
    • Avoiding redundancy by leveraging existing tools
    • Identifying new tools that could be used
    • Determining communications strategies
    • Affecting change within the supply chain

    Course Instructors

    • Sarah Lewis – Managing Director of Research and Integration, Sustainability Consortium
    • Anastasia O'Rourke – Special Consultant, Industrial Economics, Incorporated
    • Jim Sullivan – Vice President, Sustainability, SAP

    Registration Information

    • Registration Fee: $100 ($80 through ACCO partner organizations)
    • 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
    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)
      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
      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)