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  About the CCO CertificationTM Program
Enrollment now open for the Climate Governance Certificate!

Announcement: ACCO to Establish Certificate Programs for Energy, Supply Chain & Planning/Design Professionals.  Click here to learn more.

The CCO CertificationTM program will issue certificates to participants who have developed a satisfactory capacity to assess the implications of climate change for their organization in the context of their job functions. Applicants will be assigned a core curriculum of required courses and choose from a library of electives tailored to their role, organization or geographic region.  Applicants will then be required demonstrate competence in the skills, disciplines and knowledge areas covered by the courses.

The first professional certificate under this program, Climate Governance for Senior Executives and Officials, opens for enrollment on March 16, 2015.  Subsequent certificates to be made available in 2015-2016 will include credentials for professionals roles such as facilities and energy managers, supply chain professionals, planners and civil engineers, investment portfolio managers, public health professionals, risk managers and public policy/administration professionals.

Leveraging Certificates for the CCO DesignationTM

Certificate bearers will be able to enroll in the CCO DesignationTM program —the master-level credential, which will be offered beginning in 2016—and jump straight into its advanced requirements and electives.

Delivering Value

  • Recognition & Endorsement – Credentials bestowed under the CCO CertificationTM program recognize your capacity to integrate an understanding of climate change and related implications into the day-to-day decision-making required.

  • Increased Earnings – CCO CertificationTM credentials will lead to greater earnings as they enable you to stand out amongst peers and competing job applicants, increase your responsibility within the organization and provide greater value to your employer.

  • Certification Benefits – Capacity to develop and lead climate initiatives is increasingly in demand across sectors. A globally recognized professional credential shows employers that you have the knowledge, skills and training to understand how climate change impacts your organization and support efforts to take meaningful actions



Call for Participation in the
CCO Certification
Certificate Committees and
Curriculum Working Groups

Download slides from our webinar on the CCO Certification process. To submit your interest in joining the effort, please click here.

ACCO has been convening hundreds of members, subject matter experts and partner organizations in a collaborative process establishing the CCO CertificationTM program along with specialized certificates and supporting curriculum.

These groups are comprised of climate change experts, senior executives, government officials and academics as follows:

Curriculum Development
Each working group is responsible for developing a library of knowledge, course curriculum, learning objectives for each course, instructor guidelines, prerequisites and appropriate continuing education requirements.


Specialized Certificates
These groups are responsible for finalizing the programmatic requirements for any particular certificate program, to include identifying target audiences, prospective partnerships, specifying areas of knowledge and skills critical for earning a particular certificate, and oversight of practicum project requirements.

ACCO members and representatives of NGO/ government partners may participate in any of the above-referenced committees or working groups. All other individuals may request an invitation to participate or may be invited by the co-chairs of that committee.

To submit your interest in joining
the effort, please click here.


CCO CertificationTM
Oversight Committee Members

ACCO Board of Directors & Advisory Board Members
> Jeff Austin – Senior Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Wells Fargo
> Blaine Collison – Managing Director, Network Services, Altenex LLC
> Melanie Dickersbach – Environment and Climate Strategy Manager, Exelon Corporation
> Steve Frenkel – Midwest Office Director, Union of Concerned Scientists
> Daniel Kreeger – Executive Director, Association of Climate Change Officers
> Michael Mondshine – Vice President, Sustainability & Energy, WSP
> Margery Moore – Director, Strategic EHS Alliances, BNA
> Jim Sullivan – Vice President, Sustainability, SAP
> Susanne Torriente – Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale
> Peter Gray – Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
> John Englander – Author, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis
> Valerie Patrick – President and Founder, Fulcrum Connection LLC
ACCO Members
> Chris Baglin – Principal, Project Performance Corporation
> Emily Hansroth – Sustainability Engineer, Lockheed Martin
> Laura Pagliarulo – Manager, Green Products WGL Energy
> David Selawski – Senior Business Development Manager, Constellation Energy
> Mark Sutherland – Senior Analyst, Marstel-Day, LLC
Partners & Other Contributors
> Matt Banks – Manager, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund
> Kelly Burks-Copes – Ecologist, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
> David Cleaves – Climate Change Advisor, U.S. Forest Service
> Phil DeSenze – Climate Change Coordinator, U.S. Forest Service
> Steve Donofrio – Principal and Founder, Greenpoint Innovations
> Tricia Dunlap – Attorney, McGuire Woods
> Mike Gremillion – Chief, Weather Integration for National Intelligence, U.S. Air Force
> Mike Hornsby – Adjunct Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology
> Richard Jeffries – Director of COMET and Community Programs, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
> Rachael Jonassen – Professor, George Washington University
> Paul Kirshen – Research Professor, University of New Hampshire
> Michele Madia – Director, Sustainability Finance and Policy Second Nature
> Mary Munson – Executive Director, Coastal States Organization
> Kevin Watson – Manager, Lifecycle Logistics, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)