ACCO & ISSP are calling upon you to share your ideas on community dialogues, session topics, networking activities and training conducted at the Congress.

The Global Congress Planning Council is seeking your input to inform programming decisions. Please note the following key program themes in submitting your ideas.

Deadline Extended to Submit Your Idea:
May 24, 2019

Specifically, we are inviting you to submit suggestions on what issues the event's agenda should prioritize (we are not yet looking for speaker proposals).

  • What are the biggest challenges facing your profession?

  • What resources are needed by practitioners to be effective?

  • Are current decision-support resources effectively supporting your work?

  • What other occupations or decision-making roles can help with advancing our fields of practice and how?

  • What types of activities would help you develop and advance solutions, or more effectively collaborate with your peer practitioners?

  • What are some of the key skills, education, experiences and abilities you wish you or your co-workers could develop?


Important Notes:

  • Submitted topics and ideas will be considered by the Congress’ planning council.

  • Most sessions at the Congress will be facilitated discussions, collaborative meetings or networking oriented, though there will be a few lectures and panel presentations.

  • You may submit as many ideas as you like, but should submit a separate form for each idea.

  • In submitting an idea, you will be asked to provide a title for your proposed idea, a description up to 120 words, the key program theme or objective it supports, and a suggested format for the activity.

Primary Congress Sessions

All submissions for primary Congress sessions should address at least one of the following themes:

  • Building support for the professions and professionals focused on climate change, resilience, sustainability & related themes

    • Articulating the business value of climate change and sustainability leadership and actions

    • Providing sufficient support for professionals (e.g. resources, stature, staffing)

  • Agreeing upon the education, skills, experience and abilities needed to be successful in the professions, both now and in the next 5-10 years

    • Forecasting to anticipate needs of practitioners in 5-10 years

    • Identifying processes to evaluate required competencies as the professions evolve in the future

    • Reviewing and assessing opportunities for alignment of existing competency frameworks

  • Lowering the barriers and deepening the connections between sectors, individuals and other professions

    • Encouraging more interaction among practitioners

    • Deepening the connections between sectors, individuals and other professions

    • Promote mutually beneficial relationships that advance efforts of climate change and sustainability professionals

  • Educating, empowering and equipping practitioners to advance their efforts through engagement, learning, teaching & mentoring

    • Evaluating approaches to providing ongoing training and professional development

    • Equipping practitioners with a range of learning, teaching & mentoring experiences to advance their efforts and careers

  • Identifying high-priority strategies and next steps for the climate change and sustainability communities of practice

    • Examining opportunities for alignment and collaboration between ACCO, ISSP and other communities of practice

    • Identifying high-priority areas and developing strategies for practitioners to work toward common goals


Shoulder Events

In addition to the primary themes, submissions for shoulder events may also address the following objectives:

  • Education and training sessions with learning objectives related to climate change or sustainability

  • Off-site events providing hands-on or in-person learning experiences

  • On-site activities for students providing learning opportunities, mentoring or career guidance

  • Meetings to advance standards development, research or support task force initiatives