(September 9) Webinar: Killer Heat in the United States

July 2019 was the hottest month on record. A recent report entitled Killer Heat in the United States: The Future of Dangerously Hot Days  shows the rapid, widespread increases in heat expected to spread across the country. The analysis in the report finds that the intensity of the coming heat depends heavily on how quickly we act now to reduce heat-trapping emissions. 

The report includes a tool to compare the temperature impacts of climate changing in your community in the US under a number of different scenarios. If we do not change the current GHG emissions trajectory, Washington DC, the residence of the host will see 100-degree (37°C) days jump from 5 to 37 by midcentury, including 20 days over 105 (41°C) degrees.

Panelists include: 

Rachel Licker, a senior climate scientist at the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists is also the coauthor of “Killer Heat”.

Rachel Cleetus is the policy director at the Climate & Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists is also the coauthor of “Killer Heat”.

Michael Simpson is Co-Director for the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience and Chair of the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch University, New England.

Moderator: Abigail Abrash Walton, PhD, co-director of Antioch’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience.

Register for the event here.

Hosted by the Security and Sustainability Forum.

(August 22) – ACT Hiring Post Doctoral Fellow

The ACT (Adaptation to Climate Change Team) in the Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University (SFU), is offering a post-doctoral opportunity that will support research on the empirical investigation of planning and implementing low carbon resilience (LCR) in diverse BC communities, contributing to the shift from theory about integrated climate responses to evaluating integration in practice.

This research opportunity will contribute to both scholarship and practice in important ways, and will require a unique blend of research and practical competencies. The successful candidate will:

  • Work with Dr. Shaw and ICABCCI research team, and municipal representatives to co- create practical LCR planning-to-implementation pathways in diverse BC communities, including the development of relevant M&E strategies;
  • Develop a practical and effective framework for LCR action that highlights key LCR pathways that can be mobilized and tested within other communities;
  • Work with ICABCCI team to test and refine an LCR framework for action in case communities to ensure its replicability and effectiveness;
  • Co-author both peer-reviewed journal articles, grey literature, and use innovative communication strategies for mobilizing LCR in theory and practice;
  • Conduct independent research to expand the scope and reach of the initiative;
  • Develop grant applications to support the expansion of the initiative in Canada and internationally;
  • Curate and manage communications and materials for our LCR partner network (e.g. social media, mailchimp, etc.);
  • Organize LCR events such as workshops and webinars.

Send any questions and finalized applications to actinfo@sfu.ca. Please find more details, qualifications, and compensation information in the PDF below:

Post-doctoral Fellowship Position


(August 22) – Volunteers needed for Livable Cities Forum, Victoria, BC

We are looking for volunteers to help us with registration, set-up, and breakout sessions throughout the course of this year’s Livable Cities Forum. The forum will be held between October 28-30th in Victoria, BC. If you are interested, click here to apply online. Volunteers are able to attend a half-day of the conference on the day of their shift.


(August 28) – Webinar: Canada’s Top Climate Change Risks

The Climate Risks for Coastal Transportation Infrastructure Community of Practice (CRCTI CoP) is pleased to invite you to participate in our upcoming webinar of the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) report titled “Canada’s Top Climate Change Risks”. The webinar will be held on August 28th, at 1:00pm ET, and presented by Dr. John Leggat, Chair of the CCA Expert Panel on Climate Change Risks and Adaptation Potential, and Paul Kovacs, Panel Member and Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.

This webinar will summarize the recently published Canada’s Top Climate Change Risks report. In the report, the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) identifies 12 major areas of risk, including: coastal communities, physical infrastructure and fisheries. The CCA convened a multidisciplinary panel of experts with backgrounds in economics, human health, earth sciences, social sciences, and climate change adaptation and risk assessment, including ACT’s ED Deborah Harford. An additional 17 experts contributed their knowledge and insights at an expert workshop. The report’s findings emerged from the judgement, experience, and expertise of the workshop participants and Expert Panel members, informed by published evidence.

Please click here to register for the webinar.

Please click here to access the full report.


(October 28-30) – ACT Co-hosting Livable Cities Forum, Victoria, BC.

ACT is excited to co-host this years Livable Cities Forum in beautiful Victoria, BC on October 28-30th. Now, more than ever, collaborative community-level action is required to build sustainable, healthy, and equitable communities that are resilient to the risks posed by a changing climate and more frequent extreme weather. Actions that transform and protect our cities must play a role in fostering livable, thriving communities.

The 2019 Forum will bring together a wide range of speakers and sessions, and is designed to showcase the importance of taking this synergistic approach to climate change planning and implementation at the local level. The main themes of this year’s forum include:

– Exploring the Climate Change and Health Nexus
– The Role of Infrastructure in Building Better Neighbourhoods
– Advancing Low Carbon Resilience for more Livable Communities

Be a part of the conversation on how to build better, stronger, and more connected communities that are prepared for current and future impacts of climate change.

Learn more about this innovative and exciting event: http://www.livablecitiesforum.com/about/


(August 24) MP Town Hall with SFU Professor Dr. Mark Jaccard – Climate Concerned Canadians, Get Your Questions Answered!

On Saturday August 24, SFU Professor Dr. Mark Jaccard will join MP Joyce Murray for a town hall talk and discussion on climate action entitled “The Present and Future of Canada’s Climate Effort”. Canadians throughout the country are feeling the effects of climate change, and as emissions continue to rise impacts such as flooding, wildfires, and mass migrations of people fleeing will become more frequent, severe, and costly. 

In this town hall, Dr. Jaccard will reference his forthcoming book “The Citizen’s Guide for Climate Success”, to outline how citizen efforts can lead to climate action by our political leaders, including linkages to recent political developments in Canada. The talk will be followed by an extensive Q&A session to discuss next steps in making sure governments respond to the biggest crisis of our generation. The conversation will cover a wide range of imminent topics; fracking, carbon pricing, behavioural change, nuclear power, oil pipelines, electric vehicles, biofuels, and negotiating global agreements.

Joyce Murray, MP (top photo), Dr. Mark Jaccard (bottom photo). 

Details of the event:

Saturday, August 24
1:00 PM – Registration
1:30PM – 3:00PM: Presentation followed by Q & A Kitsilano Community
Centre (2690 Larch St) This event is free to attend and open to all –
Don’t forget to RSVP to save your spot!

RSVP to joyce.murray.c1c@parl.gc.ca or by calling 604-664-9220.


(August 6) Climate Migrants and Refugees Project

ACT has been working with the Climate Migrants and Refugees Project (CMRP) to understand and address the way climate change will cause displacement in communities within Canada and around the world, and to develop strategies to help create safe and resilient communities that are ready to help those who may have lost their homes or livelihoods due to climate change. 
CMRP is now working to build a network of engaged practitioners, researchers, activists, and community members who are already working on climate change displacement in some form or another.
Please take their survey to share how you are involved or interested in this issue and to learn how you can connect with others in this area: https://forms.gle/mbjgabVHtmJkkY9cA

(July 22) – Release of Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment for British Columbia

On July 22, 2019 the Government of BC released a Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment for British Columbia to help better understand climate-related risks in BC and develop appropriate measures to these risks. This is the first provincial-scale climate risk assessment in Canada, and the first phase of an initiative to better understand climate related risks in BC.

The report addresses 15 provincially significant climate risk events for BC, and evaluates the likelihood of said events occurring both now and in 2050 based on high global emissions. The results also discuss the health, social, and economic consequences of the risks.

The results of the report illustrate that the greatest risks to BC are:

  • Severe wildfire
  • Seasonal water shortage
  • Heat wave
  • Ocean acidification
  • Glacier loss
  • Long term water shortage

The findings show that nearly all risk even scenarios would have major province-wide consequences in at least one area.

The Climate Action Secretariat (CAS) is working to understand Indigenous perspectives on B.C.’s changing climate and to collaborate with Indigenous communities to build on their resilience in the face of climate change. Going forward, CAS also plans to customize and pilot the risk assessment for use in provincial ministries and for regional governments, so they can better understand and respond to emerging climate risks.

Read the full report.


(July 23) Listen to ACT’s ED Deborah Harford in a live podcast

On July 23, 2019, ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford spoke with West Coast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology. In the podcast, Harford gives listeners the background on the organization she co-founded (ACT), and explains how studying humans and animals is extremely important for adaptation. A self-coined “science translator”, Harford is adept at turning science in policy, and thus action, using her communication skills as a pivotal tool.

Listen to the podcast here, and learn more about the backbone of the ACT community.



(July 30) – Grant Openings via Columbia Basin Trust

If you have an idea that will strengthen environmental well being, a grant program offered by Columbia Basin Trust can help bring ideas into fruition.

Who can apply? 

Eligible applicants include registered non-profits, public organizations, municipalities, regional districts and Indigenous organizations. Businesses may be considered depending on the project and its broad community impact. The project must not mainly benefit the interest of the business. Your project must take place in the Columbia Basin Trust region.

There are different types of grants available; over $5,000 and less than $5,000. Please view the website to learn about the different stipulations for each type of grant.

How Can I Learn More About the Program?

The Trust will be hosting two information meetings to review the Environment Grants Program and answer questions about the application and selection processes. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information meeting.

Information meetings will be hosted by teleconference and the same content will be covered at both information meetings. If you are unable to attend an information meeting via teleconference, please reach out directly to Trust staff to discuss your application at 1.800.505.8998 or email envirogrants@ourtrust.org.

  • September Information Meeting
    Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    Time: 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT
    Dial-In: 1.855.950.3717
    Passcode: 272595
  • October Information Meeting
    Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    Time: 2:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. MT
    Dial-In: 1.855.950.3717
    Passcode: 272595

Please visit the Columbia Basin Trust Website to learn more about this opportunity.


(August 7, 2019) Webinar: Adaptation Pathways: How to plan when the climate … keeps on changing?

Join presenter Liese Coulter, a Science Policy Fellow from the Innovation and Adaptation Services Branch of the BC Ministry of Agriculture in a webinar next Wednesday August 7, 2019. 

The webinar will discuss the adaptation pathways approach and will introduce a user guide and well-referenced technical framework. In this webinar, Coulter will discuss the three main benefits of adaptation pathways, including: better applying climate knowledge to develop less vulnerable agriculture, structuring long-range planning to include agriculture in community adaptation, and identifying climate, social, and economic triggers for transformation.

To register for this interesting webinar, please click here!



Interdisciplinary Green Infrastructure Focus Group Report

On February 22, 2019, ACT hosted a cross-sectoral interdisciplinary focus group of local professionals to share perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in green infrastructure planning and its implementation on a municipal and regional scale.

This report summarizes the main topics that were discussed, which include collaborating across disciplines (i.e., interdisciplinarity), taking a regional approach, and developing an interdisciplinary community of practice.

Read the report to find out more and visit our biodiversity-led green infrastructure page for more additional resources from this project.


(July 18) Preliminary Climate Risk Assessment for BC Webinar

On Thursday July 18, 2019, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM PDT the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is hosting a Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment for BC webinar. 

From the website: “This project developed a framework for and an assessment of 15 provincially significant climate-related risks, including both discrete events (e.g. wildfire, flood) and slow-onset risks (e.g. sea level rise). Consistent with ISO31000 methodology, the risk assessment framework is scaled for application at the provincial level, uses a scenario-based approach, and nuances the consequences that the risks produce for health and well-being, the economy, natural resources, infrastructure, and ecosystems. This project was motivated by a recommendation made by the B.C. Office of the Auditor General in 2018 that the province conduct a comprehensive climate change risk assessment. It will also help inform the development of a new Adaptation Strategy for BC due to be released in 2020.”

Click here to register.


(July 15) Inspiring Climate Action: Seeking a Web Savvy Contractor

The Inspiring Climate Action project needs a contractor to produce web content for their site. The site will showcase climate adaptation initiatives and professionals working in climate action across BC.
The “microsite” will be mounted on weADAPT, an initiative of Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Ideally, our efforts in BC will become part of a Canada-wide and international knowledge network focused on climate change.
To learn more about this position and for application details, please click here.

(April 23-20, 2020) 7th Climate Change Online Conference (CLIMATE2020)

The Research and Transfer Centre ‘Sustainability and Climate Change Management’ of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, will convene the seventh Climate Change Online Conference (CLIMATE2020). Taking place exclusively on the internet, CLIMATE2020 is guided by and will contribute to SDG 13 (climate action). Specific themes to be addressed include:

  • Resilience and Capacity Building;
  • Intelligent Climate Policy and Governance;
  • Education, Awareness and Adaptation;
  • Climate Finance and Access to Funding;
  • Intelligent Climate Planning, Small Islands and Developing Countries; and
  • Climate Change as a Threat to Biodiversity.

Learn more about this event on their website here.


(July 25) CIP’s National Climate Change Survey Webinar

On July 25, 2019 the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) will host a webinar to discuss the findings of their National Climate Change Survey. Planners have an acute role in integrating climate action policy into planning, and to create communities that are resilient, receptive, and engaged in long lasting climate stability.

Updated CIP climate change policies have been developed in tandem with planners, climate scientists, advocates, and other partner institutions using surveys, interviews and focus groups.

Click to view the updated CIP Policy on Climate Change. 

To register for the webinar, please follow this link.

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