Elected officials are key to ensuring a supportive policy environment and championing the vision of a more resilient community in the face of climate change.

Are you a municipal elected official looking to advance your climate change knowledge and skills? Have you championed a climate related policy, plan or initiative in your community and are now looking to learn more? We want to help you continue to develop as a climate leader.

Apply to participate in our new Climate leadership course for elected officials. You’ll hear from experts and discover lessons learned, best practices, and tools to help you achieve your community’s sustainability objectives. You will learn about how you can enhance climate conversations in your municipality, why you should incorporate a climate lens into your initiatives and how to take climate action.

This course combines online learning and an in-person summit and was specifically designed to help elected officials advance their skills to benefit their community. It’s the first course FCM has ever developed for elected officials.

 Learn about the course below and apply to participate today.

What you’ll learn

Participants will benefit from:

  • A greater knowledge of tools for incorporating a climate lens into municipal initiatives
  • Enhanced knowledge about different climate change actions, success stories, and the resources and funding opportunities that are available to implement them
  • Connecting through peer learning activities with other elected officials and developing new connections
  • Skills training on communicating climate change, public speaking, engaging with administration and others in the community

Course format

The online course will take place from September 2020 to November 2020, and the in-person summit will occur in January 2021.

Please note: There is no cost for successful applicants to participate in this course.

Online learning

You will be asked to commit approximately three hours total each month (for three months). During this time, you will complete a short assignment which will be followed by your participation in a live chat:

  • September 2020: Engaging and improving communication with administration, working collectively to advance municipal climate action
    • Live chat: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
  • October 2020: How and Why to Incorporate a Climate Lens
    • Live chat: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
  • November 2020: Taking Climate Action
    • Live chat: Wednesday, November 25, 2020

In-person summit

To complement your online learning, you will be invited to a day and a half in-person summit in Ottawa, ON, where you will meet and network with your peers in January 2021 (date to be determined, dependent on upcoming travel and gathering recommendations). The summit will include training in climate change communication, public speaking, and community engagement.

FCM will cover the cost of travel, hotel accommodations and meal expenses associated with attending the summit scheduled to take place in Ottawa, ON in January 2021.

Final assignment

You will be invited to reflect on your learning at the in-person summit with a small final assignment. The goal of the assignment is to share your experience with other elected officials, municipal staff and members of your community (e.g. through a presentation slide, a short LinkedIn article or op-ed).The time commitment for the final assignment will be approximately two hours.

Who should apply?

To be eligible to participate in this course, you must be:

  • A current municipal elected official
  • Able to demonstrate some local leadership on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving climate change resilience, or integrating climate change considerations into asset management
    • An example might be that you have championed an environmental policy or participated in an environmental working group or plan development.
  • Available to participate in the online learning component
  • Available to attend the in-person summit

Applicants do not need to be FCM members to participate. The course is limited to 40 participants to ensure the quality of engagement between participants. If more than 40 candidates apply, selection will be based on meeting the participation criteria and ensuring representation from communities of all sizes across Canada.

Apply by July 3, 2020

Interested applicants are invited to complete this application form by July 3, 2020. Selected participants will be notified by July 31, 2020.

For additional information and inquiries, please contact Jasmine Lum at jlum@fcm.ca or at (613) 907-6309.

This initiative is offered through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, which is delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

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