Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO)
The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization that seeks to enable all organizations to be more sustainable by building enterprise capacity and empowering leaders to respond to climate change threats and increase business competitiveness. ACCO services climate change professionals worldwide including public and private corporations; municipal, state, regional and federal governmental organizations; colleges and universities; and non-profit organizations.
With the support of members, partners and sponsors, ACCO is advancing climate officers by:
- Connecting members to peers, thought leaders and decision makers across sectors;
- Synthesizing original and third party research findings to produce reports published in a Knowledge Center;
- Producing a suite of industry leading education and training events, including the GreenGov Symposium, Climate Strategies Forum and ACCO’s Climate Change Leadership Series; and
- Helping organizations develop best practices for climate-related response strategies and identifying opportunities for collaboration with other experts and interested parties.
ACCO Key Initiatives include:
CCO Certification: ACCO envisions the transformation of business practices to reduce global warming pollution; partnerships that revolutionize the resiliency of supply chains; and governmental engagement to achieve climate change mitigation and adaptation ensuring a world economy based on resiliency. In effort to achieve this transformation, ACCO is establishing a modular certification program that enables leaders to pursue tailored curriculum for their individual needs, organizational sectors and job functions. This program is designed to develop a climate-savvy workforce, as well as recognize individuals with the CCO™ designation and modular certificates related to their respective roles.
Women’s Climate Collaborative: Positioning women to demonstrate leadership and advance their careers while harnessing their commitment to address climate change. The WCC was established to encourage and promote the professional advancement of women in the climate and sustainability professions.
Future CCOs Fellowship Program: This program establishes a professional track for graduates pursuing opportunities in the profession of climate change leadership. Employer partners have included The Coca-Cola Company, City of Las Vegas, Lockheed Martin, Greater Bridgeport Regional Council and WGL Holdings, and university partners are Duke University’s Nicholas School for the Environment, Arizona State University School for Sustainability, Bren School of Environmental Management at UC-Santa Barbara, and Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Knowledge Center: Development and publication of a growing library of research projects, case studies and white papers. Current long-term projects include research on climate governance structures and practices in the public sector, job stress amongst climate practitioners, and best practices for large-scale renewable energy strategies
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