We rely on professionals – individuals with special expertise and training, such as biologists or planners to make decisions about best practices to guide development, policies and operations.
When it comes to climate change, who is the expert? Climate change is a cross-cutting issue that affects decision-making in many different professions. Architects and engineers advise on the construction of a company that wants to reduce greenhouse gases. Professional planners and biologists advise on local adaptation policies. Professionals are advising on many aspects of climate change and its implications. This work is being done across the country and beyond but how can employers, elected officials and mangers be sure they are getting the best, most accurate and locally relevant advice?
The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) brings together professionals working on climate change issues to raise competencies and ensure an industry standard. Professional associations, like ACCO, govern the activities of their members through codes of conduct and ethics, standards of practice, requirements for continuing professional development, policy statements, and other guidelines.
What do need to respond to climate change? There are very real practical challenges in addressing climate change, one in which I believe that professionals, and professional associations, need to play a significant leadership role. Increasing the cadre of climate change professions can improve the value to stakeholders, improve knowledge, best practices and outreach. Although not everyone working in climate change will pursue a credential, the University of Florida has CC-P® professionals in Pinellas, Brevard and Monroe Counties who are actively engaged in investigating the impacts of climate change and contributing to the knowledge of the profession.
December 8th and 9th, 2021 the first inaugural CC-P® Summit will commence for climate change professionals.
National and international participants are invited to join the Association of Climate Change Officers to collaborate on;
- The value of skilled, motivated, innovative and collaborative professionals.
- The impact of industry certification and a common voice to call for needed changes and policies.
- Evolution and innovation in the field.
A 2-day event centered around professionally facilitated sessions aimed at bringing climate change professionals together to shape future advocacy on behalf of the field, drive marketplace demand for climate change competencies, and centering equity, inclusion and justice into climate action.
- Publicly available plenary sessions
- Reserved sessions featuring facilitated group discussions, structured networking and the CC-P® Achievement Awards ceremony.
Who should attend the public sessions?
- Anyone working on climate change risk and opportunity in the private and public sectors
Who can attend the reserved sessions?
- Individuals who have completed or started their journey to becoming Certified Climate Change Professionals are welcome to the reserved sessions, including:
- Certified Climate Change Professionals® (individuals with a CC-P®)
- CC-P® Candidates
- Any individual that has enrolled in a CC-P® training program