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

  • Baruch College's Newman Conference Center 151 East 25th Street New York, NY, 10010 United States (map)
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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 – Senior Vice President, North America, Trucost

  • 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