Our mission

Advancing sustainable urban development

Led by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) in partnership with World Resources Institute (WRI), the program aims to raise the global talent base of city climate planning professionals through training and professional certifications.


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Why City Climate Planner

Cities are key in tackling global climate change

Implementing climate change responses today at the city scale will benefit future generations.

rising populations

Rising populations

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities and that number is expected to jump by 1.5 times to six billion by 2045.

economic populations

Economic powerhouses

Cities generate over 80 percent of the world's gross domestic product (GDP).

energy

Energy

Cities consume almost two-thirds of the world's energy and account for 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

support

Support

Few developing cities have comprehensive climate action plans or green growth strategies based on reliable data.

The City Climate Planner program ensures city staff are equipped to support local climate action planning.

Learn more about the City Climate Planner program


Cities & climate change

Why should cities act now on climate change?

Health and quality of living

Reducing pollution and emissions directly impact health and quality of living. Switching to clean, sustainable fuels and technologies offers new opportunities and require new skill sets.


Costs of inaction are high

The costs of inaction are high, with rising, expensive solutions that will be needed later.


Strong need for qualified professionals

The global focus on city action will increasingly attract private and public investment and a need for qualified human resources.


Share best practices

Leading cities of any size can share best practices with other cities worldwide to benefit everyone.



About City Climate Planner program

City Climate Planner professionals can help guide cities

The City Climate Planner program ensures urban professionals are equipped to support local climate action planning, including developing GHG emission inventories; climate action planning (low emission development planning); and climate adaptation planning. These efforts are essential building blocks of local planning and policy development efforts of local governments in addressing climate change.

The Urban GHG Inventory Specialist credential is City Climate Planner program's first professional certification. It focuses on GHG emission inventories, recognized as a key building block in developing quality climate action plans.

Learn more about the Urban GHG Inventory Specialist credential

The City Climate Planner program represents distinct professional areas of practice that offer:

Professionalized career path
A professionalized career path for those interested in tackling climate change at the local level

Quality assurance
A quality assurance mechanism and recognition of expertise to employers

Technically sound practices
A set of practices to enhance the overall quality of climate action planning and policy development

Global professional network
Ability to foster communities of practice or professional associations

Guide policy
Ability to guide policy and promote city scale sustainable development and climate action by linking inventory findings to broader local and national climate goals



Urban GHG Inventory Specialist

Specialize in measuring community-scale GHG emissions

Reliable and quality GHG emissions data is key in guiding the planning of effective city-level climate action. Our Urban GHG Inventory Specialist credential is designed for individuals to help local governments identify, measure and track GHG emissions in their cities. The credential is ideal for those working on GHG emission inventories, including:

city government professionals
Local government professionals
consultants
Consultants
academic/nonprofit groups
Academic/nonprofit groups


How to become an Urban GHG Inventory Specialist

Eligibility

In order to achieve the Urban GHG Inventory Specialist credential, all candidates must meet the eligibility requirements and pass the exam. View eligibility requirements.


About the exam

Application fee: $50 USD
Exam fee: $400 USD
The exam was constructed by experts in GHG emissions inventory accounting and is intended to test a candidate’s competency to perform the job functions of an Urban GHG Inventory Specialist. Learn more.

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Credential maintenance

Renewal fee: $100 USD

The Urban GHG Inventory Specialist credential requires ongoing maintenance every five years. Learn more.


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Education & training

Climate planning resources & education

In-person GHG
Inventory Training

Learn how to build a GHG inventory from beginning to end. Our training covers inventory creation, how to market inventory benefits to city leaders and executives, data collection, management, and quality assurance. It ends with connecting GHG inventories to broader climate action planning. Each module features presentation slides, interactive exercises and case studies.


Upcoming dates

2017
Oct. 30-Nov. 2 — Costa Rica

2018
Jan. 15-17 — Guatemala, Guatemala
Feb. 12-14 — Brussels, Belgium
March 12-14 — Jakarta, Indonesia
April 9-11 — New Delhi, India



May 14-16 — Beijing, China
June 11-13 — Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sept. 10-12 — Cape Town, South Africa

2019
Washington, D.C.


Online learning & support

The City Climate Planner program hosts an online Community of Practice where you can find climate planning resources, engage experts, and network with practitioners to learn from shared experiences.



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Thank you to our partners & supporters

The City Climate Planner program is administered by Green Business Certification Inc. in partnership with World Resources Institute and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability. The program was developed by the World Bank and global partners with funding from the Korean Green Growth Partnership.