(Mar 1) Semester in Climate Futures

We are proud to announce that ACT’s Executive Director, Deborah Harford will be teaching the Fall 2019 SFU Semester in Dialogue, Semester in Climate Futures. Deborah is the first alumna of the program to return in a teaching position and will provide students with insights as a life long environmentalist, passionate communicator, and thought leader on the emerging concept of low carbon resilience.

This Semester in Dialogue will tackle climate change as a global issue from many different angles: through the lenses of the physical sciences, economics, business, politics, ethics, psychology and communications. Class projects will focus on what individuals can do to respond to climate change at the personal and community scale. They will explore how different levels of government address climate policy and how individuals can influence those decisions, by working inside government as a public servant or elected official, or by working from outside through grass-roots or stakeholder organizations. We will also explore the role that markets and the private sector can play in moving the world towards a more sustainable, low carbon future.

For more information see here, applications are due by March 1st!



(Feb 21) Ecosystem Restoration with Wildfire: Webinar






This is the first webinar as part of a new Wildfire and Climate Change Winter/Spring 2019 Webinar Series.

When: February 21 9am-10am PST

Speaker: Al Neal, Senior Ecosystem Restoration Specialist, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

Al will share his many decades of experience in planning and implementing ecosystem restoration in interior forests, highlighting the use of prescribed fire. He will describe the evolution of these practices, emphasizing lesson learned.

These webinars expand on the learnings from the 2018 Kootenay Wildfire and Climate Change conference. The topics include landscape and community scale wildfire risk reduction and climate change, and the examples span the province. Anyone interested in wildfire risk reduction in BC will benefit from these webinars – natural resource and wildfire managers and practitioners; local government staff and elected officials; and keen community members.

• BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
• BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
• Natural Resources Canada
• Association of BC Forest Professionals

To register see here.


(April 2,3,4,) Parksville 2019: Building Nanaimo Region’s “Actionable Vision” for Water & Watersheds

Join delegates from the east coast of Vancouver Island and beyond, and attend a ‘watershed moment’ in the City of Parksville on April 2-3-4 for a field day followed by the 2-day symposium.

In 2019, the Regional District of Nanaimo is updating their Action Plan for Drinking Water and Watershed Protection (DWWP) to incorporate learnings from the implementation over the past decade, and integrate elements that will be the focus of an “actionable vision” for the next decade and more. The Parksville 2019 Symposium is a ‘sharing & learning’ opportunity that will help inform the DWWP Action Plan update.

For more information see here and to register see here.






(Feb 28) The Impacts of 1.5 Degrees

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, Climate Futures Initiative and Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Environment are pleased to introduce the Climate Futures Series: The SCIENCE, the IMPACTS and SOLUTIONS to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees.

On February 28th, the Impacts of 1.5 Degrees talk will focus on the approach used by the scientific community to assess literature relevant to the question of what is dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system: the IPCC’s so-called “reasons for concern”, including what they are, how they evolved, and what the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees says, particularly for the selected human and natural systems. The presentation will also explore the benefits of keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees compared with 2 degrees.

Presenter: Kristie Ebi, Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, University of Washington, USA
Respondent: Stewart J. Cohen, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Moderator: Tim Takaro, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 28 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Room 1300, SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville St, Vancouver.
For more information and to register see here.

(Jan 25) TEDx: The Power of Multisolving for People and Climate

Beth Sawin presents “The Power of Multisolving for People and Climate” at TEDx Sun Valley.

Elizabeth Sawin tells how we can solve the climate issue by helping other people solve their problems. Elizabeth Sawin is Co-Director of Climate Interactive, a think tank that applies systems analysis to climate change and related issues. A biologist with a Ph.D. from MIT, Beth trained in system dynamics and sustainability with Donella Meadows and worked at Sustainability Institute, the research institute founded by Meadows, for 13 years. Beth’s work focuses on helping people find solutions that prevent future climate change, build resilience to unavoidable climate impacts, and provide opportunities to people who need them most. She writes and speaks on this topic to local, national, and international audiences. She is a member of the Council on the Uncertain Human Future, a continuing dialogue on issues of climate change and sustainability among humanities scholars, writers, artists and climate scientists. Beth’s work also focuses on capacity building, helping leaders achieve bigger impact. She has trained and mentored global sustainability leaders and Dalai Lama fellows. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.



For more information on TEDx see here.


(Feb 11) YYC Job Posting: Climate Change and Environment Technician

The Calgary Airport Authority is looking to hire a Climate Change and Environment Technician.

The Environmental Technician is suited for a Jr. environmental professional or new grad and is responsible for supporting the environment portfolios of water, vegetation, wildlife and noise. The person in this role will collect, analyze, monitor and manage environmental data in order to support the Environmental Specialists. The Environmental Technician role is also responsible for assisting the team of Environmental Specialists develop and update Environmental Management Plans and procedures to ensure regulatory compliance and maintain a positive environmental performance as well as assist with the development and maintenance of Environmental Polices for YYC, tenant and contractor activities.

Number of positions available: 1
Salary: Authority Band 7 ($65,091 – $67,704 – $70,434 – $73,242)
Term Length: 1 Year (March 2019 – March 31, 2020)
Closing Date: February 11, 2019
For more information and to apply see here.

(Jan-Mar) BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative Workshops

The BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative is hosting multiple workshops over the next two months that support adaptation and wildfire planning for agriculture across BC. The workshops are aimed at agricultural producers from all sectors, wildfire response and emergency personnel, and local government representatives. Producers will gain vital knowledge to prepare themselves and their operations, and to maximize the efficacy and safety of local emergency response in the event of fire. Producers will have the opportunity to:

1) Reduce your risk from the climate change impacts of more frequent and higher intensity wildfires.

2) Connect with local government representatives responsible for wildfire and emergency planning, as well as local wildfire and emergency response personnel.

3) Learn local wildfire behaviour, threat, and history, and how to apply lessons learned to structural protection.

4) Develop customized wildfire preparedness plans that outline what needs to occur before, during, and after a fire.

All workshops are free, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Dates and locations are listed here;

January 29: Vanderhoof

January 31: Quesnel

February 12: Kamloops

February 14: Armstrong

February 26: Cranbrook

February 28: Creston

March 5: Grand Forks

March 7: Osoyoos

March 12: Duncan

March 14: Pemberton







For more information and to register see here.


(Jan 22) Sustainable Land Use: A Public Opinion Survey of British Columbians

The Real Estate Foundation of BC recently released and opinion poll outlining British Columbians opinions and values on land use, sustainability, and conservation.

Here are some of the findings that might interest the ACT community:

  • 81% of British Columbians support strong penalties (including jail time) for people and companies who pollute or severely damage natural habitat.
  • BC residents see the environment, nature, and climate as top contributors to their quality of life.
  • If forced to pick, 69% of BC residents will choose “ecosystem protections” over “economic growth” (24%). That’s a margin of almost 3:1!
  • When making land use decisions, 84% of British Columbians say “local needs for food, energy, and water” are extremely or quite important.

For the Sustainable Land Use: A Public Opinion Survey of British Columbians report see here.


(Jan 15) Primer on the Ecological Accounting Process

To help communities map a path forward, the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia has released the Primer on the Ecological Accounting Process (EAP). The Primer introduces a valuation methodology that uses readily available financial information from the BC Assessment database. The methodology yields an asset value for the stream corridor and can then be used for budget purposes related to asset management. The EAP has the potential to be a catalyst for action by local governments.

For more information and to download the Primer see here.


(Jan 9) Job Posting: Junior Practice Advisor EGBC

Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia are hiring a Junior Practice Advisor.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Professional Practice and liaising with our Practice Advisor, this role is responsible for supporting the Professional Practice Standards and Development Department in the development of professional practice guidelines, providing professional practice and ethics guidance on matters related to professional and ethical practice in BC, and providing support to professional practice related committees, working groups and task forces.


  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering or geoscience,
  • Registered or in the progress of achieving an engineer-in-training or geoscientist-in-training status.
  • 1–2 years of related experience to the responsibilities outlined,
  • 1–2 years of expertise and/or experience in climate science relating to engineering and geoscience.






For more information on EGBC and to apply for this position see here. 


(Jan 9) A Blue-Green Scottish Future

To mainstream Blue-Green Infrastructure, Scotland has developed a capital fund for projects that enhance resilience to climatic extremes, restore nature, and educate the public on the benefits of nature-based solutions. The Green Infrastructure Fund aims to create 140 hectares or 15 major projects across Scotland by 2023.

For more information on project eligibility see here.


(Jan 16) Job Posting: Specialist, Climate Change and Health

The First Nations Health Authority is hiring a Specialist in Climate Change and Health.

If you are looking to make a difference in the Health and Wellness of BC First Nations, this is the perfect opportunity for you! Your high level of expertise and experience working with and for First Nations Communities on the health impacts of climate change have prepared you well for this role.

Education & Experience

  •  A University Degree with specialization in health sciences, humanities, social science, engineering, science, or other relevant discipline or an acceptable combination of education, training and professional experience.
  • 5 years of experience in climate change with preferably 2 years in the area of health impacts, with a focus on Indigenous populations.
  • Experience in working with Indigenous communities.
  • Experience in developing, implementing, and managing programs.
  • Experience in community-based, partner-led research, projects and
    initiatives, especially with Indigenous groups.










For more information and to apply see here.


(Jan 30) 2019 Trends in Land Use, Sustainability, and Rural Planning Webinar

On January 30th (12:00 to 1:00pm PST), the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia is hosting a free webinar titled 2019 Trends in Land Use, Sustainability, and Rural Planning.

In this one-hour webinar, Angus McAllister (McAllister Opinion Research) and Carolyn Whittaker (Firelight) will summarize what they learned from their 2018 research study and public opinion poll.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify top trends and emerging issues in sustainable land use
  • Understand public values and opinions relating to land use, sustainability, and decision-making
  • Determine which words and terms resonate with the public (e.g. “sustainable” vs. “ecosystem-based”)
  • Understand regional challenges and priorities
  • List strategies and opportunities for engaging with the public, collaborating with other decision-makers, and charting a path forward

For information on the speakers and to register see here.


(Dec 2018) Cities Adapt to Extreme Weather

Cities Adapt to Extreme Weather: Celebrating Local Leadership is the third report published by the Institute For Catastrophic Loss Reduction in a series highlighting local governments across Canada that are taking steps toward preparing for the impacts of a changing climate. This report includes case studies of twenty communities that have developed comprehensive plans to reduce the risk of loss and damage from extreme weather events such as floods, wildfire, severe wind and other hazards.

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction is an international centre of excellence in disaster risk reduction.They are the oldest and largest university-based disaster research institute in Canada. The Institute is affiliated with Western University and has been a champion for building disaster resilient communities for more than 20 years.

The following are links to the other two reports;

Cities Adapt to Extreme Rainfall

Cities Adapt to Extreme Heat


(May 21-24) PIMS Workshop on Mathematical Sciences and Clean Energy Applications

The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences is hosting a four day workshop on mathematical sciences and clean energy applications. The workshop will include: first-hand accounts of mathematical scientists working in clean energy projects, kind and gentle introductions to clean energy systems and mathematical tools, graduate student presentations, and panel discussions on topics such as challenges in clean energy. The goal of the workshop is to inspire interest in further exploration and to nucleate collaborations between mathematical scientists and practitioners in clean energy. Mathematical scientists with no previous experience in clean energy research are welcome.

When: May 21-24 2019

Where: Earth Sciences Building, 2207 Main Mall, University of British Columbia

For more information and to register see here.




(Feb 19-21 2020) Adaptation Canada 2020: Raising Our Game on Resilience





Canada’s national conference on climate change adaptation is coming to the West Coast!

ADAPTATION CANADA 2020 (February 19-21, 2020) will bring to Vancouver experts and leaders from diverse sectors, regions and jurisdictions to work on one of the most urgent issues of our time — how to build climate change resilience in our communities, ecosystems and economy.

This conference is a must-attend for people in all orders of government (federal, provincial, municipal and Indigenous), industry, academia and non-government organizations. If you want to learn from others and make new connections to ramp up your own resilience efforts, this is your conference!

To sign up for updates on Adaptation Canada 2020 see here.

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