(May 2) A Regional Approach to Biodiversity-Led Green Infrastructure- Webinar

We are excited to announce our May 2nd webinar, A Regional Approach to Biodiversity-Led Green Infrastructure, hosted by the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources! Green infrastructure and nature-based solutions are gaining traction as their benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation become better understood. Meanwhile, biodiversity loss is emerging as a global crisis that carries a similar level of urgency to climate change. ACT, SFU researchers have been investigating ways that cities could take a more intentional, regional approach to planning green infrastructure in ways that benefit biodiversity in a changing climate, while providing a host of other benefits. We will share urban success stories and discuss the importance of building shared understanding, as well as efforts to integrate across political, jurisdictional, and disciplinary boundaries.

For more information about the speakers and to register click here.

Date: Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am PST



(May 9) To Catch a Falling Sky: Metamorphosis

On May 9th, the Executive Director of ACT, Deborah Harford, along with Matt Horne (City of Vancouver) and Deborah Carson (West Coast Environmental Law) will be discussing climate change mitigation strategies in British Columbia. This is the third edition of the To Catch a Falling Sky  discussion series hosted by Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Environment, the Pacific Water Research Centre, and in partnership with Telus World of Science.

Date and Time: May 9th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Science World at Telus Word of Science, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC

For more information and to register click here.










(Apr 26) Bullitt Environmental Fellowship

The deadline for graduate students in British Columbia, Washington State, and Oregon interested in applying for the 2019 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship is April 26th.

The Foundation awards this two-year, $100,000 Fellowship annually to one graduate student who has overcome adversity, demonstrates strong leadership potential, and is focused on work to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Emerald Corridor, stretching from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR.

Eligible candidates will have a strong academic record and a university faculty member who will nominate and recommend them. Students of colour are highly encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply click here.


(Apr 12) Climate change now a fact of life in Atlantic Canada fishery- CBC News

The recently published State of the Atlantic Ocean report outlines the ongoing effects of climate change in unprecedented detail. “We see warming waters throughout the region. We see less oxygen as a result of warming waters and increased stratification, and we see lower levels of food in the water, particularly phytoplankton that has decreased over time,” says Dalhousie University biologist Boris Worm.

The synthesis report includes summaries of the available peer-reviewed literature and data on aspects of the physical and chemical oceanography, biological oceanography, habitats, fish and invertebrate communities, marine mammals, sea turtles, and seabirds. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) scientists and colleagues from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) contributed peer-reviewed and published data from monitoring and research programs for this report. This information will be updated in future reports to create an ongoing picture of the status and trends of Atlantic Canada’s marine ecosystems.

To read the State of the Atlantic Ocean report click here, and for the CBC News article click here.


(Apr 9) Pan-Canadian Expert Collaboration

We are proud to announce that ACT will be supporting the recently announced Pan-Canadian Expert Collaboration group to generate, communicate, and mobilize trusted information, policy advice, and best practices for Canadians, governments, and stakeholders on clean growth and climate change. We will be working alongside over 15 highly credible and inclusive researchers, leaders, experts, and practitioners from across Canada. This will be an independent, policy-oriented, not-for-profit, nationwide institute that will;

  • provide credible and authoritative advice to Canadians and their governments
  • develop and provide independent and expert-driven analysis to help Canada move toward clean growth in all sectors and regions of the country
  • develop advice and analysis spanning climate change mitigation, adaptation, and clean growth
  • set its own agenda and operate independently from government
  • fill existing information gaps and help translate research into useful information for policy decision-making

For more information see here.


(Apr 11) Low Carbon Resilience: Landscape-level climate action for the 21st century

We would like to thank the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects for highlighting the Low Carbon Resilience (LCR) approach in the spring edition of their professional association’s magazine Landscapes/Paysages. In this edition titled Lo!Carbon, ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford and Alison Shaw, research lead for the Integrated Climate Action for B.C. Communities Initiative, discuss how since the two streams of climate action (mitigation and adaptation) emerged, they have been pursued separately. LCR is an approach that focuses on integrating these two climate change strategies in order to support sustainable development with efficient and effective policies in all aspects of governance, business and community development.

To read the article, Low Carbon Resilience: Landscape-level climate action for the 21st century, click here! 


(Apr 17) Climate Emergency Response: Report Back to Vancouver City Council Webinar

On January 16, 2019, Vancouver City Council unanimously approved a motion to ramp up the City’s climate action. In three weeks, staff will report back on this motion with a series of recommendations, many of which were discussed during the breakout sessions at our Climate Emergency Response event on Feb 25. Join Matt Horne on April 17, 2019 from 2:30-3:30pm (PDT) for a preview of what he will present to Council on April 24th.

To RSVP for this webinar see here.

Password to register: RC2050


(Apr 8) Metro Vancouver 2050: A Mecca of Biodiversity-Led Green Infrastructure

On November 23, 2018, ACT hosted a workshop with Metro Vancouver-based professionals who share a common interest in advancing the connection between green infrastructure, biodiversity health, and climate action. The workshop included three presentations on climate change, biodiversity and green infrastructure planning that can be accessed from links in the report. Participants brainstormed ways that green infrastructure could be planned regionally and strategically, with the intent of reducing impacts on, or even enhancing, biodiversity health as climate change and land use alter the landscape of Metro Vancouver.

Through this process participants crafted a vision of Metro Vancouver as a biodiversity-focused green infrastructure mecca, and milestone achievements that would aid in reaching this vision. We heard inspiring and surprising ideas around potential shifts and adjustments in policy, law, economy, society and culture. In particular, we heard a resounding and unanimous desire for a more integrated, interdisciplinary, and regional approach to green infrastructure.

Read our report to find out more

Transdisciplinary Green Infrastructure Focus Group – February 22nd

The outcomes from the November workshop inspired us to host a transdisciplinary focus group on February 22nd, 2019 that brought together professions essential to green infrastructure implementation including engineers, accountants, planners, and other professionals for a discussion on green infrastructure implementation and existing barriers and opportunities. The summary report from this focus group is coming soon.


(Apr 16) What CleanBC Means for Business

Presented by the Business Coalition for a Clean Economy, in association with the Pembina Institute, the webinar What CleanBC Means for Business aims to highlight the opportunities for BC businesses and innovation with the CleanBC plan.

When: April 16, 11:00am-12:00pm PDT


Jamie Gray-Donald, senior vice president for sustainability and EHS, QuadReal Property Group
Kel Coulson, manager for policy and external relations, Parkland Fuel Corporation
Elizabeth Sheehan, president, Climate Smart Businesses
Karen Tam Wu, B.C. director, Pembina Institute

A Q&A session will follow the presentations.

To register for the webinar see here.


(June 17-18) BC Active Transportation Summit- Call for Presentations




The BC Active Transportation Summit on June 17th & 18th is now accepting abstracts.

The Summit, presented by the BC Cycling Coalition, will gather leaders, stakeholders and advocates from government, industry, academia, and non-profit sectors to explore how to make active transportation safe and convenient for people of all ages and abilities in communities across BC.

The Summit is being presented in the context of the Province’s first BC Active Transportation Strategy, currently under development through the CleanBC Plan, and expected to be completed this summer. Summit themes, plenaries, and presentations will describe policies and practices to advance active transportation throughout the province, and address concerns such as climate change, affordability, equity, poverty reduction, and a sustainable economy.

Abstracts will be accepted until April 11th.

For more information see here.


(Apr 1) Canada warming at twice the global rate, leaked report finds – CBC News

The leaked report titled Canada’s Changing Climate Report explains how annual average temperatures since 1948 have increased over land by 1.7 C, while in the North, the Prairies and Northern British Columbia the increase is 2.3 C. The report highlights topics such as changes in rainfall and snowfall, changes in climate extremes, changes in freshwater availability and how our future choices will impact the additional warming. The report was commissioned by the Environment and Climate Change Department and authored by government scientists from the Environment and Climate Change, Fisheries an Oceans and Natural Resources ministries, also including contributions from academic experts.

The report has been made available and can be found here (PDF version coming soon).

CBC News story can be found here.



(Mar 29) Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative Workshop 1: Summary Report

On January 10, 2019, ACT SFU’s Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative (ICABCCI) kicked off with an inaugural workshop that brought together 12 BC communities representing urban and rural areas, large and small municipalities, First Nations, and regional districts, all at different stages of adaptation and mitigation planning and implementation. This is the first stage in ACT’s new Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia funded Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative looking at the low carbon resilience approach as both streams of climate action become business as usual.

We would like to thank the 12 BC communities who participated in out first workshop and look forward to exploring the opportunities and challenges of integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies at the community level.


Communities involved:
City of Colwood
Cowichan Valley Regional District
District of Elkford
Town of Gibsons
City of Port Moody
City of Prince George
City of Revelstoke
District of Summerland
City of Surrey
Tsleil-Waututh Nation
City of Vancouver
City of Vernon


For more information on the low carbon resilience approach and to read the workshop report see here.


(Mar 26) Mozambique isn’t alone. Rising sea levels threaten millions in the developing world- The Washington Post

“The push for progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions must be pursued with unshakable resolve, but it must be accompanied by an equally strong push for investment in resilient infrastructure in the poorest places on Earth, where adaptation to climate change is now a matter of life or death.” – Mami Mizutori, Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Extreme weather events and the devastation that follows, as seen from Cyclone Idai that recently hit Beira one of Mozambiques largest cities, exposes the risks that vulnerable communities face due to climate change. Communities in the developing world are on the front line and will continue to feel the greatest impacts due to rapid urbanization, growing slums in high risk areas, lack of resilient infrastructure, the loss of protective ecosystems and poverty. In this The Washington Post article, Mizutori discusses how human’s short memories and innate optimism is leading to slow and unambitious climate action strategies that do not reduce emissions fast enough or include the investment necessary to build resilience and adapt to climate change.

For the full article see here. 



(Mar 26) Climate change is a security threat. We must act now- The World Economic Forum

For the third year in a row the Word Economic Forum has identified extreme weather events and the failure to meet climate change mitigation and adaptation targets as the greatest threats to business and industry. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, is known for drawing attention to the need for climate action strategies that reduce emissions and build resilience in order to protect the most vulnerable. In Hasina’s recent article, penned for the World Economic Forum, Hasina highlights the impacts climate change is having on the livelihoods of people in Bangladesh and the observed reluctance in other countries to adopt climate action strategies that reflect the urgency needed to act on climate change.

Hasina states, “I am less concerned about conventional “warfare”. Instead, I foresee climatic stress causing tensions to simmer and sparking different forms of conflicts within communities. We must rise above the politics of doubt, and accept that climatic vulnerabilities lead to a fragile economy and risk human security.”

For the article and World Economic Forums Global Risk Report see here.


(Mar 28) Eco-Cultural Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation

Tsleil-Waututh are the People of the Inlet and have used, occupied and governed the lands and waters of Burrard Inlet and surrounding watersheds since time out of mind. The lands, waters, and abundant resources of their territory have sustained Tsleil-Waututh for many generations. Tsleil-Waututh have noticed the complex and far-reaching impacts of climate change in their territory for decades. Thanks to an inherent understanding of how climate change is affecting the environmental and cultural values of the Nation, stories, traditions and knowledge-sharing are the living record of this information. The Tsleil-Waututh Nation is continuously adapting and enhancing community resilience throughout time.

In this webinar, presenters from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Treaty, Lands and Resources Department will describe two ways in which the community has approached climate change adaptation through an eco-cultural lens.

When: March 28th, 1:30pm-2:30pm EST

For more information and to register see here.


(Mar 21) The Role of Complex Modeling in Climate Science: Research Seminar

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and SFU’s Department of Geography will be hosting a research seminar on March 21st from 2:30pm-4:00pm PDT titled The role of complex modeling in climate science. 

When climate models first emerged some 40 years ago, it was unclear whether anything useful could be obtained from the necessarily crude representations of climate processes contained within them. But in the subsequent four decades, the early successes in prediction and understanding has been replicated many times, and climate models have emerged as a dominant tool in discussing past, present and future climate change. Gavin Schmidt will discuss the history of climate modelling, the ‘philosophy’ of model development and the new challenges posed by the onset of ‘big data’.

Speaker bio:
Gavin Schmidt is the Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and works on the simulation of climate in the past, present and possible futures. He was the author with Joshua Wolfe of “Climate Change: Picturing the Science “in 2009, and in 2011 was the inaugural recipient of the AGU Climate Communications Prize. He is a fellow of the AGU and AAAS. His 2014 TED Talk (in Vancouver) has been viewed over a million times.

Location (webcast available):
KEY Presentation Studio (ASB 10900)
SFU Burnaby Campus
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC

For more information and to register see here.

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