he Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) held a day-long workshop on climate resilience and leadership on February 28, 2019 at Mountainview College in Dallas. Approximately seventy civil engineers, architects, environmental scientists, environmental professionals, and project leaders attended, representing north Texas cities, utilities and government organizations, and including staff from as far as Miami, Florida.
EarthX, in partnership with the City of Dallas’ Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability (DEQS), hosted the event. Training topics included: Climate Change Fundamentals and Impacts on Local Governments and Communities; Basics of Public Health, Climate Change and Sensible Preparedness; Leveraging Tools to Inform Climate-related Decision Making; The Landscape of Ethics, Liability, Risk & Economics and The Present & Future of Energy, Water, Food & Water in the Metroplex and Texas. Attendees participated in group exercises and during the networking lunch, Trammel Crow and his CEO Tony Keane spoke to the group about EarthX and the passion that drives them to focus so closely on environmental issues and concerns.
Tamara Cook from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) attended the workshop and said, “The training was timely as NCTCOG has seen increased attention from local governments regarding emissions reduction and infrastructure vulnerability associated with climate variability. We appreciate the City of Dallas’ leadership and look forward to supporting DEQS on these important issues.”
Plans are under discussion for a second workshop later this year.