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(Dec 4) Applying the Climate Lens Resilience Assessment in a BC Context Webinar

December 4th (10:00am to 11:00am PST)

The Federal Government recently introduced a Climate Lens assessment for those seeking funding for new major public infrastructure projects. Listen to François Levesque of Infrastructure Canada and Dirk Nyland of the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure delve into the resilience assessment component of the Climate Lens. This webinar will take you from a high-level look at the resilience assessment to an on-the-ground example of a BC project to demonstrate how the assessment can be applied for small-scale projects.

To register for the webinar see here.

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(Nov 26) The Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change Hiring Director

The Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) is hiring a Director. This position is central to maintaining and advancing the University of Waterloo (UW) as a leading centre for research and knowledge mobilization on the impacts of global climate change and the transition to a decarbonized and climate-resilient society in Canada and around the world.

The Director will have a full understanding of the scope of IC3 activities and will have a leading role in the development and implementation of strategic plans and partnerships to advance the mission of IC3. The Director is responsible for aspects of overall business leadership, management of relationships with members and other key stakeholders across campus, external partnership development, promotion of research activities and knowledge mobilization, oversee day-to-day operations, and support of UW’s leadership in climate change education and training.

For more information on the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) and to apply for this position see here. 

 

 

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(Dec 4/6) Workshops to Develop Agricultural Adaptation Strategies for Kootenay & Boundary

New regional adaptation strategies are being developed to help Kootenay and Boundary agricultural producers prepare for climate change. Farmers in the East Kootenay, Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary regional districts have been invited to participate in the strategies’ planning process on Dec. 4, in Creston and Dec. 6 in Greenwood.

The process brings together agricultural producers and specialists, along with local and provincial government representatives. Participants will learn about the latest climate change projections for the Kootenay and Boundary regions and will discuss the likely impact on agricultural production. Attendees will also brainstorm actions to help producers adapt to climate change impacts, such as extreme weather, drought, wildfires, excess moisture and flooding as well as the changing risks associated with pests, diseases, weeds and invasive species.

The Kootenay and Boundary regional adaptation strategies will be released in spring 2019 to guide the development and implementation of collaborative projects that support agricultural adaptation to climate change. The regional agricultural adaptation projects will be supported with $300,000 in funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

For more information and to register for the workshop see here.

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(Nov 29) ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford on CBC The Early Edition

Is it too late? What we need to do about climate change today (CBC News)

ACT’s Executive Deborah Harford was quoted in this recent CBC News article describing that “in the 21st century, all policy, planning, and decision-making, whether political or personal, has to be made through a low-carbon resilience lens that’s designed to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change.” Deborah was then interviewed on CBC’s The Early Edition (recording of the interview can be found here) on November 29th.

Also, check out CBC’s award winning podcast 2050: Degrees of Change hosted by meteorologist Johana Wagstaffe who explores how our world and lives will adapt to climate change within a few decades. The most recent episode features Deborah and other experts on a panel discussing what kind of changes are meaningful enough to alter the path as we head towards the year 2050.

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(Nov 14) Low Carbon Resilience and BC Professional Associations Webinar

On November 14th, ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford, ACT research assistant Christopher Raftis and long-time ACT partner and expert advisor Erica Crawford of Shift Collaborative delivered a webinar on Low Carbon Resilience to the British Columbia Professional Associations’ Adaptation Working Group. In this webinar, ACT presents a conceptual Low Carbon Resilience (i.e., integrated climate action planning designed to build climate resilience and reduce emissions) model illustrated with case studies as well as next steps that BC’s professional associations will find useful.

We would like to thank the Fraser Basin Council for hosting the webinar and the Vancouver Foundation and the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia for supporting our work developing the Low Carbon Resilience model. The full report on Low Carbon Resilience will be available on the ACT website on December 11th 2018.

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(Oct 22/23) Council of Canadian Academies: Prioritizing Climate Change Risks

On October 22nd and 23rd, the Executive Director of ACT, Deborah Harford and members of the Expert Panel on Prioritizing Climate Change Risks met in Montreal to guide the Council of Canadian Academies Prioritizing Climate Change Risks assessment workshop. The group convened to provide expert insight and experience in order to answer the question: what are the top climate change risks facing both Canada and the federal government, and their relative significance, and which have the most potential to be minimized by adaptation measures?

For the full list of the participants of the workshop see here.

 

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(Nov 13) Ecosphere+: Carbon Footprint Calculator

A new free-to-use tool has launched by Ecosphere+ in order to help businesses calculate their carbon footprint and provide a number of opportunities to offset emissions through a portfolio of forest conservation projects.

Examples of how Ecosphere+ carbon credits can help your business;

  1. Meet your sustainability and ESG goals.
  2. Rebalance your unavoidable impact (for example, delivery miles, supply chain impacts or business travel).
  3. Tell your story to connect your company to positive global impact, sharing your commitment to effective climate action with direct impact.
  4. Engage millennial customers and employees.
  5. Create climate positive (Climate+) products and services, using our Climate+ logo to indicate your commitment to your customers.
  6. Integrate climate strategy into your company’s strategic risk management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the Ecosphere+ Carbon Footprint Calculator see here.

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(Oct 29) Canada’s Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction

At this year’s Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) held in Vancouver on October 29th, Public Safety Canada unveiled a new online forum on GCcollab—a new Government of Canada website designed to increase collaboration between government and stakeholders. GCcollab is a professional collaboration platform that is open to all Canadians by invitation. The online platform encourages innovative and collaborative ways of identifying and co-creating policy and research. The new GCcollab forum is intended to facilitate DRR-related discussions year-round and to provide a platform through which to advance Circles of Influence in emergency management. The forum contains a number of functions and interactive tools, including: polls, a discussion forum, blogs, group files, links, an event calendar, photo albums and more!
For more information on the GCcollab platform see here.
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(Nov 23-30) Vancouver King Tide Photo Collection Campaign

The City of Vancouver is looking for support from the community this King Tide season (November 23rd-30th), to help document the high water mark. King Tides are the highest tides of the year and with contributions from the community, we can help the City of Vancouver visualize what the shoreline might look like as sea levels rise due to climate change. The collected photos will help the City validate flood models in order to better prepare for the impacts of sea level rise.

Participate by snapping your own photos of the shoreline!
  • Plan to be at the shoreline from November 23-30 (see the poster for times when tides will be highest)
  • Take a photo showing where the water reaches
  • Upload it to The City of Vancouver Website and be sure to include the date & time your photo was taken!
By clicking here you can find more information on King Tides and how to support this year’s campaign.
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(Nov 20) Understanding Infrastructure Canada’s Climate Lens Webinar

In the context of the recent IPCC report, the launch of the Global Commission on Adaptation, the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, and the advent of the Canadian Centre for Climate Services, the federal government launched in the summer of 2018 a “Climate Lens” to apply to long- lived public infrastructure investments.

This webinar will provide an overview of the why and how of the Climate Lens and give you a better understanding of the GHG Mitigation Assessment and Climate Change Resilience Assessment that form the Climate Lens.

Presenters:

  • Chad Nelson, Principal Advisor, Green Infrastructure and Environmental Issues, Infrastructure Canada
  • Kristy Darragh, Senior Policy Analyst, Communities and Innovation, Infrastructure Canada
  • Francois Levesque, Policy Analyst, Green Infrastructure and Environmental Issues, Infrastructure Canada

Tuesday, November 20 from 1:00-2:00pm EST

For more information and to register see here.

 

 

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(Nov 29) The Circular Economy—A Pathway to a Sustainable Organization

How can your organization better understand and become part of the circular economy? How can you future-proof your organization and reduce your linear risks? Through case studies, guest speaker, simulations, exercises, instructor-led group discussion and personal reflection, this workshop will assist you in understanding how your organization can integrate circular economy practices such as product-as-a-service, sharing platforms, circular supplies, resource recovery and product life extension as well as other “green business” solutions.

This is a practical, hands-on session and is designed to introduce you to actionable ideas you can pursue at your organization immediately. You will also learn strategies to create a vision for and pathway to a more circular organization – preventing waste while reducing inefficiencies.

Thursday, November 29, 2018
9:00AM – 4:00PM
SFU Vancouver
To register and for more information see here.

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(April 2-4) Parksville 2019: Symposium on Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate

Join the Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC in Parksville, BC at the city’s Community and Conference Centre (132 E. Jensen Avenue) for the Symposium on Water Stewardship in Changing Climate. The symposium will take place over three days, the first being a field day on April 2nd, followed by a 2-day symposium on April 3rd and 4th.

The rhythms of water are changing – warmer and wetter winters; longer and drier summers. Adapting to this ‘new normal’ requires transformation in how we value nature and service land, and how we reconnect hydrology and ecology. The goal of the ‘whole-system’ approach is to re-establish creekshed function!

The symposium will celebrate local government initiatives on Vancouver Island that are ‘getting it right’. These success stories are characterized by 3 attributes: commitment, collaboration and the ‘hard work of hope’. A decade of effort, by partnerships of local governments and community stewards, is demonstrating success on the ground where it matters. They are on a pathway to reconnect hydrology and ecology.

For more information and to register for the symposium see here.

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(Nov 7) The Intersection of Financial Risk and Climate Resilience

ASU’s School of Sustainability in partnership with the National Council for Science and the Environment are hosting a webinar on November 7th, where panelists will explore the risks and opportunities in the resilience finance marketplace and the financial mechanisms available to identify, evaluate, and manage climate risk.
Panelists include;
  • Joyce Coffee (Moderator): President, Climate Resilience Consulting Senior Sustainability Fellow, ASU Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Samantha Medlock: Senior Vice President and North American Head of Capital, Science and Policy, Willis Towers Watson
  • Kurt Forsgren: Managing Director, U.S. Public Finance S&P Global
  • James McMahon: CEO, The Climate Service

For more information and to register for this webinar see here.

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(Nov 9) 2050: Degrees of Change Live Recording

On November 9th, CBC Vancouver’s podcast 2050: Degrees of Change will be hosting a live recording of their newest episode as part of the Vancouver Podcast Festival.  CBC’s Senior Meteorologist and Seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe will be exploring what can still be done to counter the worst-case scenarios facing our region, and what that means for you. The Executive Director of ACT, Deborah Harford has been asked to participate in the discussion along with the following panelists;

  • David Suzuki, environmentalist and host of The Nature of Things
  • Simon Donner, Associate Professor of Climatology at UBC
  • Grace Nosek, creator of Climate Hub group at UBC
  • William Cheung, associate professor at UBC’s Institute for Oceans and Fisheries
  • Stephen Sheppard, landscape architect and director of UBC’s Urban Forestry program

For more information on live recording and to buy tickets see here!

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(Nov 27) Advancing Collaborative Climate Adaptation in British Columbia

Join ICLEI Canada for a one-day event combining panel discussions, presentations, and interactive breakouts designed to increase understanding of climate impacts and highlight how local collaboration is advancing action. ACT is a partner with ICLEI Canada on this project and Deborah Harford, the Executive Director of ACT, will be speaking as part of the Managing Community Climate Risks: Making the case for collaboration panel.

This exciting one-day event is designed for participants to;

  • Learn how to manage local climate risks through collaborative climate action and integrative adaptation across all sectors.
  • Consider climate impacts across urban systems and the cascading impacts on natural, social, and built systems.
  • Hear adaptation stories from the field and the many forms of decision-making and climate action.
  • Connect with local experts to identify community climate change risks in small group workshops

If you would like more information or to register please see here.

 

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(Oct 26) Business and Civil Society Leaders Support Action on Carbon Pricing and Clean Competitive Policies

The Smart Prosperity Leaders Initiative issued a statement on October 26th in support of carbon pricing and clean competitiveness policies.  The initiative, which includes 24 prominent leaders from business, environmental, labour, social, youth and indigenous organizations across Canada was launched with the purpose to harness new thinking to accelerate Canada’s transition to a stronger, cleaner economy.

“By starting slowly and ramping up over five years, the policy allows for a gradual adjustment to a lower carbon economy. Moreover, all revenues will stay in the province or territory they came from, offsetting costs while maintaining the incentive to reduce emissions. The policy also includes much-needed measures to address competitiveness, and support communities, sectors and Indigenous Peoples in making the low carbon transition; we look forward to hearing further details of that plan.”

For more information on the Smart Prosperity Leaders’ Initiative and the full statement see here.

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