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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(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.

 

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(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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(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.

Speakers;

  • 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.

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(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)

Presenters;

* 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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(Mar 26) Nature for Impact Conference

Hear from Christiana Figueres (former Executive Secretary of the UNFCC 2010-2016) and brands such as L’Oréal, Nespresso, Kering and Chanel on how they their ambition to take action and create net positive impacts along their value chains through nature-based solutions.

Recent studies show that nature-based approaches to carbon capture including climate smart agriculture, restoration and conservation can provide more than a third of the emissions reductions needed to keep global temperature rise below 1.5C degrees. Whereas the uptake of these solutions has been limited so far, progressive businesses have understood the vast potential of investing into nature to help succeed in their corporate climate goals whilst building sustainable and resilient value chains.

In this free half-day conference, we will share practical insights and results of innovative approaches such as carbon insetting and their role to achieving science-based targets. We will discuss practical pathways for companies to act on biodiversity and ecosystem conservation to scale positive impact towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

When: March 26, 2019 8:30am-1:00pm

Where: Venue TBD, Central London

To register contact : sandra.brandt@insettingplatform.com and events@southpole.com.

 

 

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(Mar 1) Home Flood Risk Assessment Training

Fleming College, Seneca College, Toronto Hydro and Intact Financial Corporation are launching a course to highlight the importance of flood resiliency for Canadian homeowners.

The course highlights a range of solutions that can be deployed practically and cost-effectively at the lot level to help residential homeowners reduce flood risk. The course enables learners to gain knowledge and skills to help reduce the risk of basement flooding and associated damages by understanding the overarching factors that influence flood risk in Canada. Furthermore, students will gain valuable information and strategies on how to perform flood assessments on homes and how to mitigate against various risks using both mitigative actions and best practices.

The course is ideal for home inspectors, emergency managers, flood-risk communicators, insurance brokers, insurance adjusters, emergency managers, landscape professionals, renovation professionals, home construction professionals and real estate agents. The course will be RIBO accredited as an added incentive for brokers.

For more information and to register see here.

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(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!

 

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(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.

Sponsors:
• 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.

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(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.

 

 

 

 

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(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.
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(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.

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(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.
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(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.

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