Gov. John Carney announced April 11 a new Delaware Climate Leadership Academy to help state agencies and local governments to learn how climate change is impacting Delaware.
Delaware is partnering with the Association of Climate Change Officers and offering registration until Thursday, April 21.
The virtual training will provide instruction on understanding climate science and assessing vulnerability; basics of greenhouse gas accounting, reporting and disclosure; engaging organizational and community stakeholders to lead change; the economics of climate change; and managing climate risk.
“Delawareans expect their state agencies and local governments to provide solutions to a range of issues impacting our communities,” Carney said. “Climate change affects every corner of state and local government operations – from preparing our labor force for the jobs of tomorrow, to providing clean drinking water, yo collection of revenues – and that's why it is critically important that we build climate change knowledge and skills in our state and local workforce. Delaware's Climate Leadership Academy is a meaningful step forward in making sure we are prepared to respond to the global climate change challenge.”
The academy will be administered by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to provide training that integrates concepts of climate change mitigation and adaptation into the decision-making process, officials said. It will also be an opportunity for participants to network and collaborate on challenges and opportunities. The academy series will satisfy elective requirements for participants to become candidates for the Certified Climate Change Professional exams and earn the professional CC-P credential.
ACCO has provided training to more than 1,000 practitioners in public and private sectors. Most recently, it developed training and climate leadership academies for Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Delaware’s Climate Leadership Academy will include Delaware-specific data with a focus on adapting to increasing temperatures, precipitation, flooding and sea-level rise.
For more information and to register, visit de.gov/climateacademy.