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(July 4) CBC News Coverage of CCA Climate Risks for Canada Report

(July 4) CBC News Coverage of CCA Climate Risks for Canada Report

“We can predict and project the climate change impacts that are coming down the line for our regions in Canada,” said Deborah Harford, a member of the expert panel, “and because we know that, we can think strategically about how to reduce damage and respond proactively.” – CBC News In a conversation with CBC News, […]

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(June 14) Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative: Summary of Survey One Findings

(June 14) Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative: Summary of Survey One Findings

Canadian local governments face a perfect storm of limited capacity, aging infrastructure, and climate change impacts. Leaders and staff are experiencing increasing public pressure to ‘future-proof’ communities from the projected impacts of dangerous climate change by both reducing emissions (mitigation) and preparing for impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, and heatwaves (adaptation). Although mitigation […]

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Biodiversity and Climate Change Resilience - Planning Green Infrastructure Policy Brief and Concept Note

Biodiversity and Climate Change Resilience – Planning Green Infrastructure Policy Brief and Concept Note

SFU ACT has been investigating the intersection of biodiversity loss and climate change impacts in Metro Vancouver, and how integrated regional green infrastructure planning could act as a potential remedy to these. After a year of researching and hosting interdisciplinary cross-sector workshops, we are pleased to present a policy brief and concept note that provide […]

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(Apr 30) Climate change and poor planning are fuelling more floods. Here's what we can do about it (CBC News)

(Apr 30) Climate change and poor planning are fuelling more floods. Here’s what we can do about it (CBC News)

On April 30th, CBC News published a story detailing the flooded or areas at risk of future flooding as a result of a legacy of poor planning in communities across Canada. Climate change, coupled with a changed landscape, due to agriculture, urban development and other land use decisions has increased communities vulnerability to flooding. ACT’s […]

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(Apr 11) Low Carbon Resilience: Landscape-level climate action for the 21st century

(Apr 11) Low Carbon Resilience: Landscape-level climate action for the 21st century

We would like to thank the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects for highlighting the Low Carbon Resilience (LCR) approach in the spring edition of their professional association’s magazine Landscapes/Paysages. In this edition titled Lo!Carbon, ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford and Alison Shaw, research lead for the Integrated Climate Action for B.C. Communities Initiative, discuss how since the two […]

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(Apr 8) Metro Vancouver 2050: A Mecca of Biodiversity-Led Green Infrastructure

(Apr 8) Metro Vancouver 2050: A Mecca of Biodiversity-Led Green Infrastructure

On November 23, 2018, ACT hosted a workshop with Metro Vancouver-based professionals who share a common interest in advancing the connection between green infrastructure, biodiversity health, and climate action. The workshop included three presentations on climate change, biodiversity and green infrastructure planning that can be accessed from links in the report. Participants brainstormed ways that […]

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(Mar 29) Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative Workshop 1: Summary Report

(Mar 29) Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative Workshop 1: Summary Report

On January 10, 2019, ACT SFU’s Integrated Climate Action for BC Communities Initiative (ICABCCI) kicked off with an inaugural workshop that brought together 12 BC communities representing urban and rural areas, large and small municipalities, First Nations, and regional districts, all at different stages of adaptation and mitigation planning and implementation. This is the first stage in […]

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Vancouver's Water Narrative: Learning from Copenhagen and Rotterdam

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 […]

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