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Climate Week 2018 – Institutionalizing Climate Change into Decision-Making

September 26, 2018 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

About the Program

Climate change already impacts how the world around us functions, and it will increasingly continue to do so well into the future. Successful organizations will design programs and products, build cities and infrastructure, and run businesses and institutions with an eye toward planning and preparing for prospective and likely changes to climate norms. Doing so requires forward-thinking organizations to re-evaluate governance, job descriptions, performance expectations and training requirements.

ACCO and Baruch College are hosting a special Climate Week event featuring institutions that have been developing and implementing solutions to build institutional capacity for sound climate change action and preparedness.

Preliminary Agenda

Advancing Human Capital & Decision-Making
9:00am – 12:00pm
Insights from leaders of some of the most cutting-edge leadership and technical support building initiatives in the world aimed at embedding climate change competencies throughout the various lines of business and professions within an organization.

Featured Topics

  • Assessing workforce capabilities & governance structures
  • Developing a strategic training plan for building and sustaining capacity
  • Measuring the value and progress of capacity building efforts
  • Incorporating climate change into job descriptions and performance expectations

Confirmed Speakers:
Matthew Fleming – Director, Chesapeake & Coastal Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Susanne Torriente – Chief Resilience Officer, City of Miami Beach



Networking Lunch & Special Guest Speaker
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Richard Cantor – Chief Risk Officer, Moody’s



Understanding and Operationalizing the Findings of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures
1:30pm – 4:00pm
In 2017, the Michael Bloomberg chaired Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures published a guidance on a disclosure framework that publicly traded companies should be following in providing information to investors, lenders, insurers and other stakeholders. These findings are applicable to government agencies and higher education institutions, who are facing increasing scrutiny from many of these same external stakeholders.

Featured Topics

  • Understanding the basics of the guidance including drivers for investors, insurers and bond rating agencies
  • Findings from early pilot projects and implications for non-financial sectors (e.g. forestry, natural resources, consumer goods, IT)
  • Examining the change management implications of climate change and evolving governance structures
  • Evaluating the gaps and forecasting the future of disclosure

Confirmed Speakers:
Mardi McBrien – Managing Director, Climate Disclosure Standards Board

Co-sponsored by

The Association of Climate Change Officers
ACCO is the premier professional development organization and cross-sector community of practice for individuals addressing climate change in their organizations’ operations and mission. ACCO membership fosters collaboration with leading edge practitioners, policy makers, climate scientists and researchers to advance solutions and build capacity in addressing climate change.
ACCO defines, develops and supports the functions, resources and communities necessary for effective organizational leadership in addressing climate-related risks and opportunities.

Climate Week NYC 2018
We are proud to announce Institutionalizing Climate Change into Decision-Making, is a part of Climate Week NYC 2018.
Climate Week NYC is presented by The Climate Group. We encourage participants to use the #CWNYC hashtag for all social media posts.



Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend this program. Register online, by phone or e-mail:
1. Complete the online registration form
2. Call us at 646-312-3231
3. E-mail us at Ruzdo.Srdanovic@baruch.cuny.edu


September 26, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm