(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.


(Mar 19) Incorporation of Climate Considerations: Transportation Infrastructure Design

Transport Canada hosts a webinar series entitled Transportation: Adapting to the Changing Climate. The objective is to build knowledge and capacity both within the department and the broader Canadian transportation sector on the impacts of a changing climate and adaptation solutions.

The next webinar in the series is titled Incorporation of Climate Considerations: Transportation Infrastructure Design. 

When: Tuesday, March 19th 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST.

For more information and to register see here.


Vancouver’s Water Narrative: Learning from Copenhagen and Rotterdam

We are proud to share Vancouver’s Water Narrative: Learning from Copenhagen and Rotterdam report written by ACT intern Ronja Sorenson in collaboration with Vancouver’s Green Infrastructure Team.

This report investigates how far Vancouver has come in its efforts to update its water management methods. It uses indicators associated with an Australian approach to defining a “Water Sensitive City” to assess the kind of advancements needed for Vancouver to practice truly holistic management of the urban water cycle. The Water Sensitive City concept advocates for holistic management of the urban water cycle in order to protect and enhance the health of receiving waterways, reduce flood risk, and create public spaces that harvest, clean, and recycle water. This report draws on a comparative analysis of how the European cities of Copenhagen (Denmark) and Rotterdam (Netherlands) have achieved significant advancements in water management, in order to identify recommendations for how Vancouver could advance towards becoming a Water Sensitive City.

See here for the full report.


(Mar 12) SmartICE Sea Ice Monitoring and Information- Adapting to Climate Change Webinar

Transport Canada hosts a webinar series entitled Transportation: Adapting to the Changing Climate. The objective is to build knowledge and capacity both within the department and the broader Canadian transportation sector on the impacts of a changing climate and adaptation solutions.

The next webinar, entitled SmartICE Sea Ice Monitoring & Information – Adapting to Climate Change, is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST. The webinar will focus on SmartICE, an award-winning technological innovation for the North, which was first developed in Newfoundland and Labrador through collaboration with northern communities, including Nain and Pond Inlet.  SmartICE is the world’s first climate change adaptation tool to integrate Inuit traditional knowledge of sea ice with advanced data acquisition and remote monitoring technology to provide data-driven insights into sea-ice thickness and local ice conditions in real-time, to support safer travel on ice.

For more information and to register see here.


(Jan 23-24 2020) Call for Papers: 2nd Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa

Call for Papers: 2nd Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa
Nairobi, Kenya 23rd-24th January 2020

The 2nd SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN AFRICA  is being organized by the University of Nairobi (Kenya), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP).

Consistent with the need for more cross-sectoral interactions among the various stakeholders working
in the field of climate change adaptation in the African continent, the aims of the Symposium
are as follows:

I. to provide research institutions, universities, NGOs and enterprises from Africa and those working in Africa with an opportunity to display and present their works in the field of climate change adaptation;

II. to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of climate change adaptation projects, especially successful initiatives and good practice across the African

III. to discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects, which aim to show how climate change adaptation may be implemented in practice;

IV. to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for cooperation.

For more information on registration and how to submit a papers see here




(Mar 13,25,27) CleanBC Telephone Town Halls

CleanBC will be hosting a series of Telephone Town Halls throughout March. They are looking to speak directly with up to 400,000 British Columbians on how the plan can work for them to make life more affordable and comfortable while cutting carbon pollution.

There are four Telephone Town Halls, each focusing on a specific region of the province. All times listed are Pacific Time.

· Wednesday, March 6 at 7 pm for the Lower Mainland and Southwestern BC.

· Wednesday, March 13 at 7 pm for the Kootenays, the Interior and Northern BC.

· Monday, March 25 at 7 pm for Vancouver Island and communities throughout the coast.

· Wednesday, March 27 at 7 pm for the Lower Mainland and Southwestern BC.

For more information and to register see here.


(Feb 20) We need a fresh approach to climate change migration. This is why

A fresh approach to “climate change migration” requires including the voices of those whose lives and homes are in the greatest danger. Global migration planning and policies must start with community-based, participatory research that can better prepare communities for both sudden and slow onset natural disasters associated with a changing climate. Carol Farbotko, a Human Geographer from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CISRO) provides seven steps towards reframing “climate change migration,” with human security as its starting point.

1) Decarbonize the global economy

2) Do not make assumptions

3) Adopt a mobilities perspective

4) Direct more resources to disaster prevention and in situ adaptation to slow-onset climate change impacts

5) Start from the community scale and build upwards

6) Create real opportunities for people living in highly vulnerable places to be active agents in shaping their future

7) Stop sensationalizing climate change and displacement
To read the entire article published by the World Economic Forum see here.

(Apr 26) 2019 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship Application

For graduate students in British Columbia, Washington State, or Oregon, the Bullitt Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2019 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship.

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 be nominated by a university faculty member. Students of colour are highly encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply see here. 


(Mar 9) Beyond Climate Film Screening

Join David Suzuki and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) for a special screening and discussion of Ian Mauro’s latest film, Beyond Climate, during the University of Victoria Ideafest. Beyond Climate invites viewers to explore the climate impacts facing the places and people of British Columbia. After the screening, engage with panelists Suzuki, Mauro, PICS executive director Sybil Seitzinger, Heiltsuk First Nation hereditary chief Frank Brown and special guests as they examine different ways of advancing climate solutions.

This event is ticketed with all proceeds going to University of Victoria student engagement on climate action: Adults $10* Students $5*

When: 7 pm Saturday March 9th 2019

Where: The Farquhar at UVic

Film run time: 48 minutes

Panel discussion: 60-90 minutes.

For more information and to buy tickets see here.


(Mar 7) To Catch a Falling Sky: Sustainable First Nations’ Futures

To Catch and Falling Sky is a series of public dialogues, hosted by SFU Faculty of Environment, Pacific Water Research Centre, and Science World British Columbia. The second talk of the series, March 7th (6pm-9pm), will focus on sustainable First Nations futures.

The discussion will be moderated by Emilee Gilpin (Metis and National Observer journalist), and Dr. Cliff Atleo (a Tsimshian and Nuu-chah-nulth scholar at SFU) will share ideas on governance followed by dialogue with Judith Sayers (President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council).

For more information and to register see here.


(Mar 13) Communicating Climate Solutions and Measuring Progress Workshop

On March 13th, join ICLEI Canada, Renewable Cities, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for a free workshop focusing on communicating, implementing and measuring climate action. This workshop is intended for municipal staff, elected officials, public servants, academics, utilities, and NGOs.

The workshop is divided into two parts (participation in both is not necessary):

Part 1: Effective Climate Conversations: A workshop exploring communication solutions (9am-12pm)

Join ICLEI Canada and SFU’s Renewable Cities as we present a workshop to help participants overcome common hurdles to climate conversations and gain useful skills for effective communication. This is an interactive workshop that will include technical breakout sessions focused on providing tools that you can take back to your organizations and audiences. You’ll learn foundational skills about communications and have a chance to apply them using real-world climate solutions. Learn how to strategically identify key audiences, tailor messages, and develop communication strategies using a variety of channels.

Part 2: Achieving Success: Monitoring and Evaluating Your Climate Progress (1pm-4pm)

Join a FCM-ICLEI Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) workshop where you will receive training and guidance on monitoring and evaluating your climate action, such as how to calculate and report on greenhouse gas reductions at the project level. Take part in interactive activities and gain valuable skills that you can apply in your own communities and organizations.

Where: SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, room 320 Vancouver, BC.

For more information and to register see here.


(Jan-Feb) @Home on the Coast Magazine: Canadian Architects Support Integrated Climate Action

We would like to thank @Home on the Coast  for showcasing in their January-February edition the joint statement signed in 2018 by the Canadian Institute of Planners, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, and ICLEI Canada pledging to actively promote integrated climate action or “low carbon resilience” (LCR) within their membership.

The LCR lens is meant to guide decision-making and best practices, save time and resources, increase returns on investment, and generate economic, environmental, social, and health co-benefits. Ensuring both adaptation and mitigation are coordinated and cross-evaluated can help to avoid risks and unintended consequences associated with advancing them separately. By signing the joint statement these professional associations acknowledge their role in advancing climate action in an efficient and effective way.

To read the full joint statement see here.



(Mar 6) The Impacts of Climate Change on Mental Health on the Canadian Prairies

Join the Prairies Regional Adaptation Collaborative (PRAC) for an online and in-person discussion on how climate change is impacting the mental health and well-being of communities on the Canadian Prairies. The forum will contain a mix of expert presentations on the topic and community case studies from both Indigenous communities and municipalities on the Prairies.

The format will be a two-hour webinar followed by in-person discussions at locations in Edmonton, Regina and Winnipeg. There will be two ways to participate in the forum:

  • Virtually:
    Please click here to register
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
  • In-person in Edmonton, Regina, or Winnipeg:
    In-person participants will also be able to join an interactive discussion about issues and initiatives specific to their provinces following on the online portion of the webinar. These sessions will be launched by presentations by experts from each province. Please RSVP to Cameron Hunter (chunter@iisd.ca) to register for the in-person discussion and receive location information.

For more information see here.








(May 29) State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations Conference

Globally, cities are responsible for 75 per cent of energy consumption and an equivalent share of greenhouse gas emissions. A growing number of international bodies—including the IPCC, IEA, OECD and the Global Commission on Climate and Economy—have recognized not only the pivotal role of cities, but underscored the need for stronger collaborative governance. To successfully enable the clean energy transition, shared policy frameworks between local and senior levels of government are necessary.

The State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations Conference (May 29-30) will advance knowledge on how national and subnational governments can collaborate with cities to accelerate clean energy market transformations.


  • Ken Alex, Director, Project Climate at UC Berkeley, and former Director of the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
  • Taylor Bachrach, Mayor of Smithers, B.C. and Chair of the BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council
    Kim Ellis, Principal Transportation Planner, Portland Metro
  • Jack Kitowski, Division Chief, Mobile Source Control Division, California Air Resources Board
  • Mike McKeever, Senior Advisor to Sacramento, CA Mayor Darrell Steinberg

For more information and to register see here.


(Feb 27) Information and Tools to Support Transportation Adaptation Webinar







Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar led by Transport Canada: Information and Tools to Support Transportation Adaptation

The webinar will focus on three federally-led climate initiatives of interest to the transportation sector:

  1. The transportation aspects of the Climate-Resilient Buildings and Core Public Infrastructure Initiative (National Research Council and Infrastructure Canada), including work underway to inform the update of the Canadian Standards Association’s Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code to account for a changing climate and the creation of guidelines for monitoring rail tracks for the effects of freeze/thaw in response to the needs of the Canadian Urban Transit Association;
  2. An overview of the Canadian Centre for Climate Services (Environment and Climate Change Canada), which provides climate information and data to Canadians to support decision making;
  3. An update on the development of Canada’s Changing Climate Report, a contribution to the National Assessment – Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action. This report assesses how Canada’s climate has changed, why and what changes are projected for the future, and will help inform mitigation and adaptation decision-making, and increase public awareness and understanding of Canada’s changing climate.

Facilitator: Elizabeth Smalley (Transport Canada)


* Marianne Armstrong (National Research Council)
* Lo Cheng (Canadian Centre for Climate Services, Environment and Climate Change Canada)
* Elizabeth Bush (Environment and Climate Change Canada)

Webinar Date/Time:
Wednesday February 27th, 2019 from 1:00pm-2:30pm EST

For more information and to register see here.

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