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New Report: Climate Change and Cities

The Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) has finalized its Second Assessment Report on climate change and cities, and now presents its Summary Report for City Leaders. Read it here!

This report summarizes the conclusions of the second assessment report, which includes the latest scientific research on climate change and cities. Mitigation and adaptation climate actions of 100 cities were documented, along with analysis of what cities need to do achieve their potential as leaders of climate change solutions.

The Summary for City Leaders synthesizes Major Findings and Key Messages on urban climate science, disasters and risks, urban planning and design, mitigation and adaptation, equity and environmental justice, economics and finance, the private sector, urban ecosystems, urban coastal zones, public health, housing and informal settlements, energy, water, transportation, solid waste, and governance.

Read the summary report here.

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Renewable Cities: A Conversation with BC’s Minister of Environment

SFU’s Renewable Cities initiative is hosting the following event, with a webcast:

A Conversation with BC’s Minister of Environment: BC’s Climate Plan and the Urban Opportunity 
Friday, February 9
12:30 – 1:30 pm
SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, and online

When British Columbia laid out its first climate plan a decade ago, it set a precedent, embracing local governments to drive greenhouse gas reductions. As North America’s first jurisdiction to require community-level emissions targets, B.C. influenced other climate leaders, such as California, Ontario, and Oregon.

Today, ten years later, greenhouse gas emissions in the B.C. are virtually unchanged. The province and most local governments are not on track to meet their targets. With the Government of BC updating its climate plan, how will the urban agenda be considered? Join us for a presentation and conversation with George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy for British Columbia.

At the dialogue we will:

  • Learn about the government’s strategy for updating B.C.’s climate plan
  • Discuss opportunities for integrating urban priorities into the climate plan

Click here for more information.

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Webinar: Creating Adaptive Policies

The Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources is pleased to announce the following webinar:

Creating Adaptive Policies
Tuesday, January 30
1:00pm to 2:00pm ET
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Presented by: Darren Swanson (associate of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, a consultant to the United Nations Development Group, and director of Novel Futures Corporation)
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This webinar gives an overview of the seven principles for creating adaptive policies and presents example applications of theADAPTool to climate change adaptation policies in four Canadian provinces.

Public policies that cannot perform effectively under today’s complex, dynamic and uncertain conditions run the risk of not achieving their intended purpose. Instead of helping, they may actually hinder the ability of individuals, communities and businesses to cope with and adapt to change.

Click here to register.

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Webinar: Information and Funding for First Nations Climate Change Adaptation Planning

Next in the Fraser Basin Council’s Retooling for Climate Change webinar series:

Information and Funding for First Nations Climate Change Adaptation Planning
Thursday, January 25
11:00 am – 1:00 pm PT

This webinar provides an opportunity for communities to learn more about Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s First Nation Adapt Program and to gain a better understanding of the future BC-specific climate information available through the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium.

The First Nation Adapt Program provides climate change adaptation funding for communities to identify region-specific priorities, impacts and opportunities for climate change projects. The program also works closely with communities to integrate the best scientific and Indigenous Knowledge on climate indicators, flooding exposure, and future climate projections. Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium provides climate information to communities to better understand climate change specific to their region, how the region will be impacted, and what they can do to prepare.
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Apply Now: Canadian Science Policy Fellowship

Apply now to be a Canadian Science Policy Fellow with the BC Ministry of Agriculture:

Project Title:  Understanding Barriers to and Determinants of Climate Change Adaptation

Climate change is already impacting the agriculture sector in British Columbia. The BC Ministry of Agriculture and the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative have made significant progress in identifying agricultural adaptation priorities in recent years. However, understanding of actual adaptation practice adoption rates and determinants of adoption remains unclear. It is necessary to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and barriers to adaptation practice adoption, for example how regulations and policy impact BC producers’ ability to adapt to climate change. This is key to designing programs and policies to increase adaptation practices adoption in BC.

Required expertise
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The fellow would have a diverse skill-set and interdisciplinary background in order to leverage knowledge and expertise across the sector (from science, industry, and the public service);
A PhD in Agricultural science, land and food systems, land use planning, environmental studies, geography, resource management, soil science or a related field;
Experience working with diverse stakeholders through collaboration and/or consultation;
Experience conducting meetings, speaking publicly, and producing high quality publications;
An ability to work independently, define appropriate project scope, and manage time and project milestones effectively.
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Desirable qualifications
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The ideal candidate would also have:
Knowledge and expertise in BC food system and climate change impacts;
Policy knowledge and/or experience.
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David Suzuki Fellowships: Deadline January 15

Do you know a scholar interested in helping Canada transition to a low-carbon future?

If so, here’s an exciting opportunity: David Suzuki Fellowships!

Three $50,000 (plus $5,000 for travel and professional development) fellowships are available:

  • Climate change communications: The role of climate change communications to ignite the movement toward a lower-carbon future
  • Indigenous knowledge and climate change: Integrating traditional Indigenous knowledge into climate change solutions
  • Climate change adaptation and cities: Researching climate change adaptation and the development of sustainable cities

David Suzuki Fellows will spend a year with one foot in academia and the other in learning strategies to get their research the attention it deserves. They’ll make complex issues easy to understand and help motivate people to take action. Foundation senior staff and David Suzuki will mentor them all!

Application deadline: January 15.

Click here for more information.

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2018 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship Application

The 2018 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship Application Opens January 1st!

The Bullitt Foundation will start to accept applications for the Bullitt Environmental Fellowship beginning January 1st. Each year, one graduate student attending a university physically located in British Columbia, Washington State, or Oregon is selected for this prestigious award of $100,000, distributed over two years. 

Eligible candidates will have a strong academic record, a demonstrated capacity for leadership, the promise of emerging as an environmental leader, and be nominated by a university faculty member. Students of color, those who come from a disadvantaged background, or who have overcome significant hardship are highly encouraged to apply for this award. 

Please spread this announcement widely and encourage any graduate candidate student with the desired qualities to apply by April 1, 2018.

Visit the Bullitt website for more information, FAQ’s, and complete application instructions.

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ACT Article in Public Sector Digest: Low Carbon Resilience

The latest issue of Public Sector Digest includes an article from ACT!

ACT’s Senior Researcher, Edward Nichol, writes about low carbon resilience in Canadian municipalities. He emphasizes how municipalities are at risk from a variety of current and future climate change impacts, and that these risks affect the built and social infrastructure within municipalities – the buildings, transportation networks, energy systems, telecommunications, and water treatment systems, and the people that depend on them. Green infrastructure is critical to protect the well being of communities and to ensure social, environmental, and economical sustainability in an uncertain climate future.

Read the article here, beginning on page 16. 

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Abstracts Due: Melbourne Climate Adaptation Conferece

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) in Australia is inviting abstracts for their Sixth National Climate Adaptation Conference, May 8-10 in Melbourne.

Climate Adaptation 2018 is the major Australian forum focused exclusively on climate impacts and adaptation. In 2018, NCCARF is partnering with Engineers Australia to incorporate Practical Responses to Climate Change.

Submit your abstract!

Abstracts will be accepted until February 2, 2018 for presentations at the conference.

Click here for more information. 

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Webinar: Forest Pathogens and Climate Change

The Forestry Adaptation Community of Practice (FACoP) is pleased to announce the following webinar:

Forest Pathogens: It’s not just trees that will respond to a changing climate
Wednesday, January 10
1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

Pathogens cause diseases of forest trees and the environment plays a critical role in regulating the disease process. It is expected that trees will be affected by future climate conditions, but how will future conditions affect the interactions between trees and pathogens? In this talk, Tod will outline potential changes in disease processes by closely examining how environmental conditions affect the life stages of foliar, rust, and root diseases as well as decay agents. He will also discuss potential adaptation strategies that can be utilized to mitigate the impacts of climate change on forest trees and potential forest pathology issues associated with assisted migration.

About the Presenter

Tod Ramsfield received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Forest Pathology under the supervision of Professor Bart van der Kamp in 2002. From 2002 to 2010, Tod was employed by Scion (the New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd.) where he worked on DNA-based detection of forest pathogens that were of biosecurity concern to New Zealand. In 2010, Tod returned to Canada to work for the Canadian Forest Service in Edmonton, Alberta. Current projects include silvicultural control of Armillaria root disease, soil microbial community assessment in natural and reclaimed areas around Cold Lake and Fort McMurray, heart rot of aspen caused by Phellinus tremulae, and Dothistroma needle blight. Tod also maintains an active interest in invasive forest pathogens and is the leader of IUFRO research group 7.02.00 – Forest Pathology.

Click here to register.

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Sierra Club BC Hiring Executive Director

JOB POSTING: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

About us

Sierra Club of BC Foundation is a non-profit environmental and social justice organization whose mission is to defend British Columbia’s wilderness and ecosystems, within the urgent context of global climate change. We advocate for the responsible use of B.C.’s natural resources while promoting a modern, equitable economy that sustains our planet in every way. Sierra Club BC works with First Nations and other levels of government to provide science-based advice on policy decisions that affect a range of environmental issues. Based in Victoria, B.C., we are a dynamic and influential organization. Learn more at www.sierraclub.bc.ca.

Position summary

This is an opportunity to help take B.C.’s oldest environmental non-profit to the next level of influence and effectiveness.

As Executive Director, you are a highly experienced, strategic leader with a proven track record in senior management. You can especially demonstrate consistent success in fundraising. You have a clear commitment to upholding Indigenous title and rights, ideally reflected in a proven understanding of Indigenous and colonial history, and a demonstrated track record working in solidarity. You are able to work with people from diverse backgrounds and engage constructively with a wide range of stakeholders, including funders and donors, First Nations, scientists, industry, environmental and social justice organizations, senior public servants and elected officials. You hold compelling communication and interpersonal skills, are an effective motivator and coach, and are adept at media relations. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and collaborates with a Management Team that is responsible for overall strategic direction and overseeing operations, including fiscal management, fundraising, campaigns and programs, digital systems and engagement, communications, and human resources.

Responsibilities

Fundraising and Financial Management

  • Lead and collaborate with the Development Team to develop and implement a strategy that achieves ambitious multiyear targets to strengthen the organization’s impact on the world. Targets will include significant expansion of membership base, delivery of a major capital plan in association with Sierra Club BC’s 50th anniversary, and growing foundation funder support.
  • Develop and oversee the annual budget and monitor/manage financial performance.
  • Ensure that appropriate financial systems and controls are maintained to meet the needs of the organization and its funders.
  • Fundraising and financial management will be a major focus of the successful candidate’s time.

Program Support and Strategic Planning

  • Collaborate on ongoing development of the organization’s strategic plan and oversee its successful execution.
  • Oversee the effective planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of the organization’s operations, campaigns, and programs.
  • Ensure the organization’s IT systems and digital strategies are optimized to support all aspects of Sierra Club BC’s success.
  • Collaborate with the Management Team, and in particular the Campaigns Director, to plan and execute new programs, campaigns or initiatives to address emerging needs and opportunities.

Human Resources and Team-Building

  • Ensure a robust approach to staff recruitment, retention and performance management.
  • Oversee staff development, training and mentoring.
  • Promote equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Ensure respectful, collaborative relationships among all parts of the organization, including staff, Board and volunteers.

Communications

  • Represent Sierra Club BC in media, and through public speaking engagements.
  • Ensure effective internal communications.
  • Work with Communications Director to implement effective strategies for external communications, including media relations, digital communication and other communications touch points.

Government Relations

  • Collaborate with Management Team to develop and implement a results-oriented government relationship strategy.

Working conditions

Salary is $84,064 to $89,914, subject to experience and qualifications. We offer a generous vacation allowance and a solid benefits package. Some travel is required, especially to the Lower Mainland. Occasional weekend and evening work as needed.

To apply

Sierra Club BC is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women, people of Indigenous ancestry, people of colour, LGBTQQIP2SA individuals and members of other diverse communities to apply for careers with our organization.

Submit CV and a statement of interest, with the words “Application for Executive Director” in the subject line, to Sierra Club BC Office Manager Lynn Bakken at lynn@sierraclub.bc.ca. No phone calls please.

To enjoy the earliest consideration for this position, please submit by January 5, 2018.

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Report: Getting to 2050 – Citizen Recommendations

Today the report Getting to 2050: Citizen Recommendations was released. This report contains the results from the Citizen Dialogues on Canada’s Energy Future, a major initiative of the SFU Centre for Dialogue. The project marks the first ever cross-Canada deliberative dialogue where randomly selected citizens have advised the Government of Canada on energy policy. It was funded by Natural Resources Canada as part of the Generation Energy initiative.
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“The Citizen Dialogues provided an important platform for us to engage and listen to Canadians from all walks of life,” says Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, “and turn their innovative ideas into constructive planning for Canada’s low-carbon energy future.”
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Contribute Your Ideas: Canada in a Changing Climate

The Government of Canada has launched Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action, the national assessment of how Canada’s climate is changing, the impacts of these changes and how we are adapting to reduce risk. The process to develop the assessment is an ongoing collaboration among subject-matter experts from a range of backgrounds. Together, they will consider scientific and technical literature, Indigenous knowledge and practitioner experiences to build our understanding of the impacts of climate change and the ways we can adapt. Watch for a series of authoritative science and knowledge products over the next four years.

A strong assessment process includes all relevant information and knowledge, including your views, documents and expertise.

  • Share what’s important to you about climate change impacts and adaptation in Canada.
  • Upload peer-reviewed and grey literature, case studies, reports, etc. that you think should be considered in the assessment process.
  • Contribute your knowledge as an expert reviewer. Register today.

Contact Canada’s Assessment Secretariat with questions about the process.

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Webinar: Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability in Ontario’s Electrical Transmission Sector

Join the Climate Change Adaptation Community of Practice (CCACoP) for the following webinar:

Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability in Ontario’s Electrical Transmission Sector
Tuesday, December 5
1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

With presentations by:
  • Ian McVey, Ontario Climate Consortium Secretariat
  • Joel R. Nodelman, Nodelcorp Consulting Inc.
  • Simon Eng, Risk Sciences International

This webinar will discuss the findings of the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of Ontario’s Electrical Transmission Sector report and how it contributes to a better understanding of the implications of climate change for the electrical system in Ontario. The report focused on the high-voltage transmission system and included:

  • A screening-level climate change and engineering vulnerability assessment of a major electrical transmission station in southern Ontario, including high voltage electrical transmission components within the station and major high-voltage circuits into and out of the station; and,
  • A first-order evaluation of the types of adaptation measures that could be used to help manage severe weather and climate change-related risks across a broader set of transmission system segments.

Conducted over the 2013-2015 time period, the study was overseen by the Power System Planning staff of the Ontario Power Authority, since amalgamated with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), and made use of the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) Protocol, an Engineers Canada-developed engineering vulnerability assessment tool.

Click here to register.

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Clean Energy Canada Job Postings

Clean Energy Canada is hiring for two positions to grow their communications team! If you’re passionate about the climate and you’re an effective communicator, check these out!

The preferred location for both positions is Clean Energy Canada’s Victoria, B.C., office but Vancouver-based candidates will also be considered.

Both positions are open until filled.

Job posting: Director of Communications

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Communications is responsible for making sure Clean Energy Canada’s communications and engagement efforts are strategic, innovative and executed effectively. The Director is primarily responsible for developing and implementing communications strategy, in coordination with the Executive Director and Policy Director, and working with the communications team and other staff to ensure our brand and expertise is reflected in a consistent and compelling way across all of our communications products and channels.

Job posting: Engagement Manager

The Engagement Manager is responsible for building networks of organizations and engaged citizens speaking out for clean energy solutions and strong climate policy, using a variety of online and offline tools and tactics. This role requires strong people skills, leadership abilities and strategic thinking, along with a background in online and/or real-world organizing for political or social change initiatives.

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Blue Ecology: A Workshop on Interweaving First Nations Cultural Knowledge & Western Science

Blue Ecology: A Workshop on Interweaving First Nations Cultural Knowledge & Western Science 

November 28, 2017
Radisson Hotel, Richmond
Register now!
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The flood, drought and fire extremes of 2017 provide both the backdrop and a focus for the Blue Ecology Workshop on November 28th in Richmond. It need not be doom and gloom. There is hope for future generations – especially if we take a water-first approach to setting priorities. The process for adapting to a changing climate starts with an attitude change. Actually adapting requires transformational changes in how we apply hydrologic understanding, value nature, and service land – this is a unifying theme for the Blue Ecology Workshop.
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Designed to be a conversation starter, the Blue Ecology Workshop will have a town-hall format to create a ‘sharing & learning’ atmosphere for interaction between the audience and the presentation team. Michael Blackstock will be joined by two ‘water champions’ who have achieved national prominence – Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly, who has twice swum the length of the Fraser; and the CBC’s Bob McDonald, host of Quirks & Quarks – along with a supporting cast from the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia.

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