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Pre-Conference CCO Training BootcampsTM

Climate-202:
Leveraging Climate Data and Tools

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 (8:30am - 12:00pm)

There is a wealth of publicly available climate data in addition to internal data gathered by your organization. How do practitioners effectively organize and apply this data to learn from it, pinpoint organizational risks and opportunities, and inform and motivate colleagues? This bootcamp builds your climate knowledge by surveying the full range of available tools and strategies to help you take full advantage of climate data.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learning about existing climate data, modeling and tools available to practitioners, and where and how to access these resources
  • Understanding sources of and reasons for uncertainty (at different timescales, due to measurements, due to politics, downscaling, etc.), and making strong organizational decisions in this context
  • Translating data into actionable information for your organization, and understanding thresholds for action
  • Using case studies to understand how subsets of these data and tools have been used in the past
  • Identifying critical gaps in data and knowledge

Confirmed Instructors:

  • LuAnn Dahlman Communication and Education Specialist, Climate Program Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Zach Ferdana ‎Lead Coastal Resilience Manager, The Nature Conservancy
  • Rawlings Miller Technical Specialist, ICF International

Learn more about this bootcamp here.

  Governance-101:
Engaging Stakeholders & Establishing Early Strategies for Leading Organizational Change

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 (8:30am - 12:00pm)

Climate change impacts all decision-making and operating functions across organizations and sectors. Strategically planning organizational change and engaging internal and external stakeholders dramatically increases the success of climate change initiatives. This course will teach you the basics of organizational change, how to identify and engage stakeholders, and the fundamentals of systemic approaches to actively managing and leading change in your organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the fundamentals of organizational and behavioral change strategies and tactics
  • Identifying strategic internal and external stakeholders, understanding their motivations and value, and mobilizing action
  • Gaining a realistic understanding of options, possibilities, organizational structures and processes
  • Establishing a framework for driving systemic change in climate action
  • Fostering a culture of adaptive capacity within an organization

Instructors:

  • Gina Blus Business Strategy and Planning Consultant, Climate Ready Solutions
  • Jay Bruns Vice President, Public Policy, The Hartford
  • Nathalie Beauvais Project Manager/Lead, Climate Change Projects, Kleinfelder
  • Grover Fugate Executive Director, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

Learn more about this bootcamp here.

 

  Climate-203:
Developing an Adaptation Plan for Your Organization

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 (2:00pm - 5:30pm)

This bootcamp will provide participants with a flexible approach for translating a vulnerability assessment into a comprehensive action plan. Participants will learn to assess and prioritize their organization's (or region's) climate risks, adapt to these risks over time and begin to embed these changes into existing systems and processes. Attendees will gain an understanding of how to coordinate and implement adaptation plans throughout their organizations and surrounding communities, and take advantage of key opportunities associated with climate adaptation work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Building a framework for prioritizing and evaluating current/future projects, programs and activities through a climate lens
  • Scoping and framing the adaptation plan, and developing an initial suite of adaptation strategies to match organizational priorities
  • Establishing stakeholder partnerships (ie local communities) and best practices, gaining stakeholder buy-in, and balancing long-term and short-term risks
  • Coordinating adaptation efforts between departments, facilitating internal and external collaboration, and securing funding
  • Understanding barriers to adaptation plan implementation (political, legal, financial)
  • Linking mitigation / sustainability opportunities with resilience / adaptation work by improving buildings, infrastructure, and systems
  • Assessing impacts to employees and communities
  • Learning the basics of cost avoidance and ROI, monitoring progress and reassessing effectiveness

Instructors:

  • Brenda Dix Senior Associate, ICF International
  • Nancy Gassman Assistant Public Works Director, Sustainability Division, City of Fort Lauderdale
  • Nancy Girard Former Commissioner, Environmental Department, City of Boston
  • Adam Whelchel Director of Science, Connecticut, The Nature Conservancy

Learn more about this bootcamp here.

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