Delaware Climate Leadership Academy

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has partnered with the Association of Climate Change Officers to offer the Delaware Climate Leadership Academy.

The first training programming that will be offered as a part of the Delaware Climate Leadership Academy is the Certified Climate Change Professional® (CC-P®) Credential Training Program, aimed at building climate literacy and awareness in the state.

The Academy offers programs including formal training, educational webinars, digital resources, and networking opportunities focused on topics such as:

  • Understanding climate science and assessing vulnerability
  • Greenhouse gas, energy and water management and critical infrastructure interdependencies
  • Engaging organizational and community stakeholders to lead change
  • Integrating climate change into enterprise risk management and economic impact assessment
  • Addressing the public health implications of climate change
  • Scaling up clean, adaptive and resilient infrastructure

I truly believe [ACCO] offers quality CC-P training programs and I strongly recommend interested candidates to apply.
– Melissa Lee (Delaware Dept. of Health and Social Services)


Course covers a lot of great material very quickly. Take advantage of the previous recordings and organize your questions and thoughts ahead before the class. Take the exams right away!
– Steve Sisson (Delaware Dept. of Transportation)

The Academy features educational programs aimed at building climate literacy and awareness, training activities that build professional competencies in climate change preparedness and solutions and facilitating collaboration among Delaware professionals to aggregate interests and solve complex challenges.

Advancing A National Movement

Delaware’s partnership with the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) leverages the collective insights, experience and knowledge of thousands of climate change professionals in the public and private sectors who have contributed to training programs administered by ACCO, and/or have participated in programs themselves.

Since launching its training programs in 2014, ACCO has trained more than 3,000 professionals in the public and private sectors, been a partner to numerous Federal agencies in training their personnel and has recently launched statewide training academies in partnership with Delaware’s neighbors, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Delaware’s Climate Change Impacts

Climate change in Delaware primarily takes the form of sea level rise, increasing temperatures and more frequent intense storms, including heavy precipitation and flooding. Over the coming years, Delaware can expect higher temperatures, more high heat days, increased heavy precipitation events and sea level rise.

The implications of those impacts will affect the health, security and economic prosperity of Delaware residents, communities and businesses.

Learn how the state is planning to manage these impacts.


The education and training programs will build from standardized curriculum and integrate a focus on Delaware state and local issues and implications.

Programs will address regionally specific data and state policy, including the Delaware Climate Action Plan, and the state’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory, goals and reduction efforts. They will also incorporate Delaware’s plans to maximize resilience and look at how the state plans to adapt to increasing temperatures, precipitation, flooding and sea level rise in while protecting public health, economic vitality and infrastructure security and protection.



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