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(June 13) Movement & Field Building- Climate Justice and Adaptation Webinar

This is the third webinar in the Climate Adaptation Leadership webinar series hosted by the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University in partnership with the American Society of Adaptation Professionals and the University of the District of Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences.
This webinar is about climate justice. The costs of taking climate action and the benefits of resilience-building must be equitably shared. We can use climate action to minimize harm, maximize options, and build power for oppressed and underrepresented people and communities. In this webinar, hear from champions of climate justice who are ensuring that adaptation action creates adaptation equity.
Date:
June 13, 2018 @ 1:15-2:45 PM EDT, click here to register.
Panelists: 
Jacqui Patterson, Environmental and Climate Justice Program Director NAACP
Melissa Deas, Georgetown Climate Center analyst working to center equity in adaptation strategies
Shamar Bibbins, Senior Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation
Moderator:
Elisabeth Graffy, Professor of Practice at Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society.
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(Sept 13) Apply Now for Columbia Basin Trust Environment Grants

The Columbia Basin Trust is offering grant opportunities for registered non-profits, public organizations, municipalities, regional districts and Indigenous organizations that will strengthen environmental well-being.  Businesses may be considered depending on the project and its broad community impact. The project must not mainly benefit the interest of the business.

 

Projects should address one of the four project categories;

  • Ecosystem Projects
    • Enhance or conserve ecosystems and/or species of conservation concern.
    • Reduce the threat of significant invasive species to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • Climate Projects
    • Support adaptation to the impacts of climate change at community-wide or regional scales.
    • Make long-term contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions at community-wide or regional scales.
  • Water Projects
    • Support the protection, enhancement or restoration of water resources that are important for species and/or ecosystems of conservation concern.
    • Carry out water quality and/or quantity research that is scientifically sound and will contribute knowledge to the management of water resources for the benefit of ecosystems, communities and watershed stakeholders.
  • Environmental Education Projects
    • Provide education to Basin residents that helps develop an understanding and appreciation of the natural world and motivates ecologically informed decisions and actions.

For more information on the application process and further details on the project categories visit in the Columbia Basin Trust website here.  Application deadline for the Environment Grant is September 13, 2018.

 

 

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Metro Vancouver Climate 2050 – Public Dialogues

The Metro Vancouver Board has committed to pursue a regional target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2007 levels by 2050. In alignment with this target, Metro Vancouver is developing a Climate 2050 Strategic Plan with a vision to ensure our infrastructure, ecosystems, and communities are resilient to the impacts of climate change. A first step is the release of the Climate 2050 Discussion Paper, which sets a framework for action and a transition to a low carbon future, increasing the health, well-being and prosperity of Metro Vancouver residents.

Join one of the public dialogues to learn about and share your views on Climate 2050. Visit the Metro Vancouver website here for more information on the Public Dialogues.

 

 

 

Public Dialogues dates (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m, lunch served 11:30 a.m. – noon);

Thursday June 7 – Polygon Gallery, 101 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver

Friday June 8- Port Moody Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive, Port Moody

Wednesday June 13- John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse, 7277 River Road, Richmond

Thursday June 14- Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave, Surrey

 

 

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(June 4) Canada announces $79.21 million in development assistance for Americas

In addition to all of the important initiatives being supported by the Canadian Government, it is great to see support for climate action and adaptation for communities across the Americas. The pillars of Canada’s engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean region are:

  • promoting democracy, human rights, inclusion and diversity;
  • supporting inclusive growth and poverty eradication;
  • supporting climate change and adaptation; and
  • improving regional security.

On June 4, 2018, the Government of Canada announced $79.21 million in development assistance for nine projects aimed at empowering women and girls. They include projects to improve women and adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health rights, prevent gender-based violence, increase women’s political participation, improve water security for vulnerable populations—especially women—support climate resilience efforts and increase incomes among smallholder farming families, with an emphasis on woman farmers.

For a complete list of the new programs being supported by the Canadian Government in the Americas click here.

 

 

 

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(June 12) Webinar: Climate Resilient Buildings and Core Public Infrastructure Project

Climate Resilient Buildings and Core Public Infrastructure Project

Tuesday, June 12, 2018; 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Canada’s climate is changing, and climate model projections suggest that greenhouse gas emissions will influence the climate for decades. Canada’s buildings and public infrastructure systems (bridges, roads, water and wastewater systems, transit, etc.) are designed based on historic data, and were not designed to accommodate certain extreme weather events being attributed to climate change. As such, there is a growing risk of failure of buildings and infrastructure. Under the Pan-Canadian Climate Change Framework, Infrastructure Canada is providing funding to the National Research Council of Canada to deliver the Climate-Resilient Buildings and Core Public Infrastructure (CRBCPI) Project to integrate climate resiliency into building and infrastructure design guides and codes. This webinar will provide an overview of the CRBCPI project, including progress towards increasing the resiliency of Canada’s buildings and infrastructure to climate change and extreme events.

Marianne Armstrong is a Research Council Officer with Canada’s National Research Council (NRC). Since 2004, as a member of the Building Envelope and Materials Group, she has been involved in projects addressing climate resilience including: wall-window interface design for wind-driven rain, the assessment of cladding technologies, and drainage and drying of wall assemblies. For over a decade, Ms. Armstrong conducted residential energy efficiency research at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology, where she helped to assess the performance of over 60 different housing technologies. She is currently managing a 5-year project on Climate Resilient Buildings & Core Public Infrastructure, to integrate climate resiliency into Canadian building and infrastructure codes, standards and guidelines. Ms. Armstrong is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, holds a MSc Industrial Design from University of New South Wales, Sydney, and a BSc Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University.

Click here to register.

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Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities: The Climate Lens

The Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, has publicly launched The Climate Lens today as part of the Investing in Canada plan.

The Climate Lens will help infrastructure owners design better, climate-smart projects. It will do so through (1) assessing opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and (2) identifying when and how investments should be planned and designed to better withstand impacts of climate change (e.g. severe weather, floods, sea-level rise, etc.). The Climate Lens guidance, is now available via Infrastructure Canada’s website and a General Guidance document has been prepared to explain the required approach, define the scope of the assessment, and identify the specific information that must be submitted to Infrastructure Canada.

The Climate Lens assessment is a requirement of the Investing in Canada plan bilateral agreements being signed between Infrastructure Canada and the provinces and territories. It will apply to projects with a total estimated cost of over $10million, as well as any project that deals with climate change resilience or greenhouse gas mitigation. The Lens also applies to all projects under the recently launched Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund and certain Smart Cities Challenge winning proposals.

Here is a link to the news release and a link the backgrounder.

 

 

 

 

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Webinar (May 28th): Getting Ready for Climate Change in Thunder Bay

Date: May 28, 2018
Time: 10:00am-11:00am EDT*
Presenter: Amy Coomes (Climate Adaptation Coordinator for EarthCare Thunder Bay)
Cost: Free

This webinar will present information on the City of Thunder Bay’s Climate Adaptation Strategy and the new climate change website aimed at connecting information, actions, and stories to inspire climate engagement in the Thunder Bay region.

Amy Coomes is the Climate Adaptation Coordinator for EarthCare Thunder Bay, the sustainability group at the City of Thunder Bay. Amy has an extensive background in environmental program development, promotion, and implementation. She is currently responsible for coordinating, implementing, and updating the City of Thunder Bay’s Climate Adaptation Strategy. Eager to integrate climate adaptation across the Corporation, Amy looks forward to collaborating with stakeholders to coordinate decision making and planning efforts, in order to reduce vulnerabilities and build resilience in Thunder Bay.

 

Click here for more information and to register: Webinar Poster- Getting Ready For Climate Change In Thunder Bay

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ICLR and MEOPAR Call for Proposals- 2018 Spring Flooding

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network of Centres of Excellence invite proposals from social scientists based at universities in Canada to quickly deploy to a disaster-affected area in the aftermath of an extreme event to collect perishable data. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support research that will learn from disaster events in order to better prevent disasters and protect communities in the future.

Projects should focus on the assessment of impacts and solutions, but funds will also be considered for aspects outside of response (e.g. field measurements to validate predictive models). Applicants must hold an academic appointment at a Canadian institution eligible to receive Tri-Council research grants. The grant period is for a maximum of one year. Financial and reporting requirements will be discussed and determined in collaboration with the selected projects.

See full details here: 2018 Spring Flooding CFP

 

 

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(Before) May 7th: FCM, UBC and UWaterloo Local Adaptation in Canada Survey.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), University of British Columbia and the University of Waterloo are seeking respondents for their online Local Adaptation in Canada Survey which closes on May 7th.

Take the online Local Adaptation in Canada Survey and share some insights about how your municipality is approaching climate change adaptation. Whether your municipality is just starting to think about climate change adaptation or is well on its way in implementing adaptation plans, projects or solutions, we want to hear from you.

The survey results will be used to create resources and training materials that you can use to help your community adapt to climate impacts, such as flooding or extreme weather. Your feedback will also help to inform the design and delivery of local climate adaptation funding and programming in Canada, which could benefit your municipality in the future. Survey findings will be available for free online, published through peer-reviewed venues, and presented at relevant conferences and workshops.

The survey should be completed by one employee at your municipality who works on climate change or environmental issues. It takes 10-25 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential and the data will be aggregated, so nothing you report will be directly attributable to your municipality.

FCM, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Waterloo have jointly launched this survey to learn more about adaptation planning in communities across Canada. For questions about the survey or more information about how results will be used, please contact canada.adaptation@ubc.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Climate Change Adaptation Governance in BC: Workshop Proceedings

On March 6th, 2018, ACT, SFU and Western University co-hosted a workshop in Vancouver on the topic of climate change adaptation and governance in Canada, with a specific focus on issues relating to the British Columbia context.
Attendees included participants from government, academia, private sector, and non-governmental organizations. Particular attention was given to province-wide strategies for adaptation, risk reduction, and the intersection between them. This workshop was part of a series of events being carried out in tandem with research at Western University. This report summarizes the discussion with participants on adaptation framed as a set of actions and governance strategies.

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Click here for the workshop proceedings:
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ACT on CBC: Adapting to weather events and climate change

Listen to CBC reporter Tina Lovgreen and Deborah Harford answer questions and speak to concerns from BC residents on how their community is adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Deb spoke about ecosystem restoration, green infrastructure projects and how valuing ecosystem services can help communities reduce the impact of climate change while reducing their emissions.

There is widespread recognition that we must plan responses to these impacts (climate change adaptation), and that reducing greenhouse gas emissions (climate change mitigation) is a crucial priority if we are to minimize them. Communities can maximize the effectiveness of actions and increase funding opportunities by advancing these approaches through integrated “Green Resilience” strategies.

 

Click here to listen.

 

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ACT on Global News for Earth Day

Check out our Executive Director Deborah Harford on Global News!

Deb spoke about Earth Day 2018, touching on what we can do to help reduce our negative impact on the planet. Research shows that by 2050 the ocean will be filled with more plastic than fish, but luckily there is much we can do to help.

Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, and this year’s focus was on reducing plastic pollution. Deb spoke about the problems of plastic pollution for both marine and land environments. She also highlighted several ways we can all help reduce our personal pollution and make more sustainable choices to improve our own lives and the livelihood of the environment.

Click here to watch.

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April 27: The Hard Work of Hope in the Anthropocene

Source: Times Colonist.

Join the adaptation community for an exciting talk on April 27 in Victoria.

Tim O’Riordan, PhD, is an emeritus professor of environmental sciences at the University of East Anglia, U.K. and an academic adviser to the University of Victoria’s POLIS Water Sustainability Project. He’s also the brother of Jon O’Riordan, PhD, ACT senior adviser and also strategic adviser to the WSP.

On the 27th, these two will give a public lecture on the hard work of hope at the University of Victoria.

A recent article in the Time Colonist highlights the event, and the importance of this work:

“The impact of humanity on our planet is often cast in a negative light. However, it can also be a force for good. Humans are endowed with immense intellectual capacity to understand and to foresee. The hard work of hope centres on the ability of humans faced with a crisis to exercise extraordinary creative solutions to safeguard all species over all coming generations.”

Click here to register.

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May 10: Workshop on Effective Climate Communications

Join ICLEI Canada and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) as they present a workshop to help participants overcome common hurdles to climate conversations, and gain useful skills for effective communications.

Thursday, May 10, 2018
9-11:30 am
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC

This will be an interactive workshop that will include small group breakout sessions focused on providing tools that you can take back to your organizations and audiences. See the attached flyer for more information!

Click here to sign up for this free workshop!

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March for Science on April 14

On April 14th, from 11am-2pm at Science World, scientists and the public will once again come together in Vancouver to raise awareness, advocate and speak up for science.

In late winter 2018 organizers from the Metro Vancouver area once again rose to the call to help organize the March for Science Vancouver event. While the inaugural event occurred on Earth Day in 2017 and reflected a literal march in solidarity with the suppression of evidence-based decision making and undercutting of science funding after the United States 2016 election, this year’s march is focused on celebrating science’s role in the everyday aspects of our lives.

The objective of the event “to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy
makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest” remains a common thread that unites organizers and participants alike.

The March for Science has become an annual event celebrated across Canada and the United States. Our aim is to host an inclusive event to feature scientists from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to show the world how science touches our everyday lives.

Click here to learn more.

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ACT Webinar: Low Carbon Resilience – The Benefits of Integrated Climate Action

ACT hosted an exciting webinar featuring our work on Low Carbon Resilience.

Low Carbon Resilience is focused on integrating climate change strategies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) and reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts (adaptation).

We currently have a window of opportunity to plan implementation of low carbon resilience via coordinated actions, policies, pricing and planning approaches. Doing so will create win-wins and save valuable time and financial resources that may otherwise be lost due to missed opportunities or the result of building in future vulnerability.

In this webinar, three experts discussed various projects that integrate both adaptation and mitigation, and the benefits that result from this integration.

Click here to watch a recording of the webinar!

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