On November 10, 2020 from 11:00-12:00pm PT / 2:00-3:00pm ET, join the Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT) and special guests Grant Fahlgren, Member of the Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation and Chair of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects’ Reconciliation Advisory Committee and Katherine Howard, Project Manager for the City of Vancouver’s Parks and Recreation Services Master Plan, for their webinar Building Equity into Nature-based Solutions. This webinar will examine the intersections between equity, green infrastructure, climate action, human health and well-being, as well as ways to incorporate equity into climate and community planning.

Green infrastructure and nature-based solutions provide low-emissions urban planning approaches to climate impacts such as flooding, heatwaves and air quality, improved habitat for biodiversity, and benefits for mental and physical health, with the latter becoming even more important during the pandemic.  However, access to green space is not always equitable, and without strategic planning these solutions can lead to gentrification and displacement.

Registration for the webinar can be found here

Speaker Bios:

Grant Fahlgren is a member of Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, a Project Designer at PFS Studio, Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia and the Chair of the Reconciliation Advisory Committee of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. While completing his Masters of Landscape Architecture he became the first Canadian to receive the National Olmsted Scholarship for his graduate work focusing on adaptations to sea level rise informed by traditional knowledge. His research has expanded into his professional practice where he works on community planning projects in collaboration with Indigenous communities. 

Katherine Howard is the Project Manager for VanPlay, the City of Vancouver’s Parks and Recreation Services Master Plan. Katherine’s approach to VanPlay deliberately focuses on equity, inclusion, and access to parks and recreation, and their work has been featured in Monocle Magazine, the World Resources Institute Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities’ blog, The City Fix, CBC, and the Vancouver Sun.

Paige Hunter is a fourth-year undergraduate student in Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, and is pursuing an additional certificate in G.I.S. Her research with ACT focuses on embedding equity and justice into community planning and green infrastructure. Her honours thesis will focus on how communities can proactively plan for climate refugees and climate migration. Paige is a recipient of the Gordon M. Shrum Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship, and she has been working with ACT since January 2020.

Deborah Harford is Executive Director of ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team) in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University. A thought leader on integrated climate action and low-carbon resilience, she leads ACT’s Integrated Climate Action Planning in B.C. Communities Initiative. With over 14 years of adaptation policy and planning experience at the federal, provincial and municipal levels, she recently contributed to the upcoming NRCan national climate change assessment, ECCC’s Expert Panel on Adaptation and Resilience Results, and the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Top Climate Risks for Canada.