ACCO Partners with City of Aspen to Launch Compact of Colorado Communities

27 Colorado Cities and Counties Commit to Forming Statewide Network to Fight Climate Change

Update: Additional Colorado cities and counties such as Denver and Pueblo have now signed on to the Compact.  Click here to view the current list of signatories.

Compact of Colorado Communities Launched at Summit Hosted by City of Aspen

For more information, please contact:
Ashley Perl (Ashley.Perl@cityofaspen.com or 970-429-1798)
Daniel Kreeger (dkreeger@accoonline.org or 202-496-7390)

ASPEN, COLORADO - May 23, 2017 – At a City of Aspen statewide climate summit, elected officials and senior staff representing 27 local Colorado governments pledged to initiate a network called the Compact for Colorado Communities, a powerful tool for creating uniform climate change education, action, and policy statewide.  The City of Aspen hosted the summit on May 19, 2017 with the goal of strengthening Colorado’s ability to fight climate change.

The 27 signatories at the summit pledged to present the Compact charter to their respective governing boards within 90 days, thus formally launching the Compact.  The agreement symbolizes a collective commitment to aggressively act on climate change by focusing intently on building decision-making capacity and expertise within local governments.

The goal of the Compact for Colorado Communities is to form a unified network that will:

  • create jobs, improve public health, and demonstrate bold actions;
  • spur economic development through clean energy and preparedness programs;
  • secure funding and technical support for member's local projects;
  • deliver visible community improvement projects coveted by residents and local businesses; and
  • facilitate flow of funding from state and federal agencies, philanthropic organizations and the private sector to city and county programs.

“Today’s theme is urgency, collaboration, and getting done locally what currently isn’t prioritized in the state or nationally,” Aspen Mayor Steven Skadron said at the Summit.  He continued, “I believe no other state is better equipped or has a greater responsibility to lead the country toward a solution than Colorado.  Aspen’s electric utility is the first in Colorado and the third in the nation to be powered by 100 percent renewable sources.  I’d like to see Colorado become the first state in the country to be powered entirely by 100 percent renewable sources.”

The Compact was activated under the leadership of Mayor Skadron, Aspen’s Climate Action Manager, Ashley Perl, and the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO).  ACCO played a key role in structuring the Compact’s requirements and will be providing critical climate preparedness training to elected officials and staff in all member communities.  Additionally, ACCO will forge partnerships with peer non-profit organizations, state/federal government entities and technical experts across sectors to support the Compact’s members.

"The Compact of Colorado Communities reflects an understanding of elected officials and their senior staff that successful climate action will require a workforce and management team with updated competencies enabling better decision-making on greenhouse gas reduction, adaptive systems and resilience to extreme events.  This is the first of its kind initiative to significantly scale up climate change knowledge and expertise in a region and will serve as a benchmark for successful climate action,” said Daniel Kreeger, ACCO’s executive director.  “ACCO is pleased to play a role in accelerating this progress and is already actively looking to replicate this model effort.”

Pledge signatories included elected leaders from 22 cities including Boulder, Vail, Fort Collins, Basalt, Breckenridge, Lafayette, Carbondale, Westminster, Winter Park, Eagle, Avon, Alamosa, Glenwood Springs, Manitou Springs, Frisco, Minturn, Snowmass Village, Golden, Durango, Lakewood, Telluride and Wray, who were joined by Pitkin, Boulder, Eagle and Summit counties.  Leaders from cities and counties such as Denver were unable to attend the launch event in person due to inclement weather the day before the event, but participated through a live stream of the event and have indicated verbally that they plan to join the Compact.

Colorado communities have already faced very significant climate change impacts and extreme events including shortened ski seasons affecting the economy, significant flood events and increased wildfires destroying real estate and infrastructure, droughts that have significantly impacted the agriculture sector, and pine beetle infestations that have ravaged trees statewide. Significantly expanding professional competencies and informed leadership in local governments will better prepare Colorado for climate change and extreme events while growing its economy.

For a complete list of participants and to learn more about the Compact of Colorado Communities, please visit http://Colorado.ACCOonline.org.

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About the Compact of Colorado Communities
Founded by Aspen Mayor Steven Skadron and the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Compact of Colorado Communities has been established to bring cities and counties together to stand together in taking constructive and practical climate action. The Compact will dynamically advance and expand upon city and county efforts to address climate change, resilience to extreme events and grow a clean energy economy throughout Colorado. For more information about the Compact of Colorado Communities, please visit http://Colorado.ACCOonline.org.

About the City of Aspen
Located high in the Rocky Mountains, Aspen is the 53rd largest city in the state. Two hundred miles southwest of Denver and 130 miles east of Grand Junction, it is at the southeastern end of the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen is surrounded by the White River National Forest.  The City encompasses 3.66 square miles and is a relatively flat valley floor surrounded on three sides by Aspen, Smuggler and Red Mountains. It was founded in 1880 and incorporated in 1881. Aspen is internationally renowned as a winter and summer resort. 

About the Association of Climate Change Officers
The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization for executives and officials worldwide in industry, government, academia and the non-profit community. ACCO’s mission is to define, develop and support the functions, resources and communities necessary for effective organizational leadership in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities. ACCO administers the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) and Certified Climate Change Officer® (CC-O®) credentialing programs. For more information about ACCO, please visit http://www.ACCOonline.org.

Photos from the Summit Launch Event Hosted by the City of Aspen

ACCO AND PRACTICE GREENHEALTH ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Organizations To Align Efforts on Education & Training of Healthcare System Professionals

For more information, please contact:
Daniel Kreeger / Benn Grover
202-496-7390 / 888-461-0112
dkreeger@ACCOOnline.org / bgrover@hcwh.org

WASHINGTON, DC – May 3, 2017 – The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) and Practice Greenhealth, organizations who have a common interest in advancing climate preparedness and sustainability in the healthcare sector, announced a partnership today that will advance their shared missions — to heighten the knowledge, skills, and professional growth of healthcare system professionals in the public and private sector.

Effective today, ACCO is providing a suite of climate science and greenhouse gas (GHG) management training modules available to all Practice Greenhealth members. Additionally, ACCO and Practice Greenhealth will begin to examine opportunities to align their efforts related to developing and disseminating new training resources, facilitating peer collaboration, and advancing important resources and tools. 

The partnership builds upon a history of collaboration between the two organizations.  ACCO and Practice Greenhealth will look to expand information sharing and the development of best practices so healthcare system practitioners will have access to valuable information and resources they need to heighten preparedness and reduce the footprint of their organizations.

“As a convening body and professional development organization, ACCO is joining forces with partner organizations to dynamically scale up important resources being made available to climate change and sustainability practitioners and to tailor training to specific sectors,” says Daniel Kreeger, ACCO’s co-founder and executive director. “We’re excited to unveil this important partnership with Practice Greenhealth and look forward to working collaboratively with their leadership to advance our critically important missions.”

This partnership represents a significant opportunity for the two communities of practice to work toward helping all healthcare organizations and systems to be more sustainable by building enterprise capacity and empowering their leadership to respond to climate change.

“Our member hospitals and health systems are ready to gain a deeper understanding of their carbon footprint, and ACCO is a great partner that is willing to share existing education and resources, as well as to explore other collaborative education opportunities,” says Sarah Manwell, Chief Membership Officer at Practice Greenhealth.

To learn more about the joint membership offering, please visit www.ACCOonline.org/greenhealth-trial.

About the Association of Climate Change Officers

The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization for executives and officials worldwide in industry, government, academia and the non-profit community. ACCO’s mission is to define, develop and support the functions, resources and communities necessary for effective organizational leadership in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities. ACCO administers the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) and Certified Climate Change Officer® (CC-O®) credentialing programs. For more information about ACCO, please visit www.accoonline.org.

About Practice Greenhealth

Practice Greenhealth is the leading nonprofit membership and network organization for sustainable health care, delivering environmental solutions to more than 1,300 members throughout the United States. Founded on the principles of positive environmental stewardship within the health care community, Practice Greenhealth lends its expertise to organizations looking to create safer, greener workplaces as well as improve the health of their patients, staff, and communities. To learn more about Practice Greenhealth, visit: www.practicegreenhealth.org

ASSOCIATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE OFFICERS AND INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF SUSTAINABILITY PROFESSIONALS ANNOUNCE JOINT MEMBERSHIP & PARTNERSHIP

Premier Professional Associations for Climate Change & Sustainability Practitioners To Align Efforts on Membership, Credentialing, Education & Best Practices

For more information, please contact:
Daniel Kreeger / Maureen Hart
202-496-7390 / 860-231-9197
dkreeger@ACCOOnline.org / mhart@SustainabilityProfessionals.org

WASHINGTON, DC – March 1, 2017 – The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), the premier associations for climate change and sustainability professionals respectively, announced a partnership today that will advance their shared missions — to heighten the knowledge, skills, and professional growth of climate change and sustainability professionals across the globe.  

Effective today, ACCO and ISSP have announced a joint membership offer that enables practitioners to participate in both communities of practice while saving on the standard rates.  Additionally, ACCO and ISSP will begin to examine opportunities to align their efforts related to education and training, facilitating peer collaboration, developing important resources and tools, and credentialing activities.  

The partnership builds upon a history of collaboration on events between the two organizations.  ACCO and ISSP will look to expand information sharing and the development of best practices so practitioners across fields and sectors will have access to valuable information and resources they need to succeed personally and professionally.

“With the political landscape of climate change and sustainability considerations dynamically changing, it is critical that mission-driven organizations convening and serving the climate change and sustainability practitioner communities look for ways to harmonize and support each other’s efforts,” says Daniel Kreeger, ACCO’s co-founder and executive director. “I’m pleased to announce this important partnership with ISSP and look forward to working collaboratively with their leadership to advance our critically important missions.”

As ACCO and ISSP are dedicated to advancing the stature and credibility of their respective professions and practitioner communities, this partnership represents a significant opportunity for the two communities of practice to work toward helping all organizations to be more sustainable by building enterprise capacity and empowering their leadership to respond to climate change.

“The number of businesses, government agencies, and higher education institutions worldwide that are adopting sustainability and climate related practices has grown exponentially in the past decade, creating a need for more professionals with the expertise to guide them," said Maureen Hart, ISSP's Executive Director. “This in turn has created a need for a standard for the skills, knowledge, and capabilities required of effective climate change and sustainability professionals. Partnering with ACCO allows both organizations to leverage their resources to improve the capabilities of their members and all professionals working in the climate-change and sustainability fields.”

To learn more about the joint membership offering, please visit www.ACCOonline.org/issp.

About the Association of Climate Change Officers

The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization for executives and officials worldwide in industry, government, academia and the non-profit community. ACCO’s mission is to define, develop and support the functions, resources and communities necessary for effective organizational leadership in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities. ACCO administers the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) and Certified Climate Change Officer® (CC-O®) credentialing programs. For more information about ACCO, please visit www.accoonline.org.

About the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association for sustainability professionals. ISSP is a member-driven organization committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward by leading the design and delivery of the ISSP Sustainability Professional Certifications, and by building strong networks and communities of practice. Webinars, online courses, sustainability professional’s body of knowledge, special reports, resource directories, and salary surveys are just a sampling of the rich content offered to members. Formed in 2007, ISSP boasts almost 1000 members from every region of the world. For more information about ISSP, please visit www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org.

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