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

(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 […]

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Interdisciplinary Green Infrastructure Focus Group Report

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. […]

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(July 10) CBC News Article Outlines Co-Benefits of Climate Action

(July 10) CBC News Article Outlines Co-Benefits of Climate Action

In an article released today, “Fighting climate change may be cheaper and more beneficial than we think”, CBC News talks with ACT’s Executive Director Deborah Harford and Ann Dale, a professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University. The article details the numerous co-benefits of pursuing adaptation and mitigation strategies; a synergistic […]

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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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(July 4) Release of Canada's Top Climate Change Risks Report

(July 4) Release of Canada’s Top Climate Change Risks Report

Today sees the release of the Canada’s Top Climate Change Risks report, which identifies the top climate change risks for Canada, assesses which risks have the greatest potential for adaptation, and explores how the federal government can best inform its decision-making in response to these risks. Although many governments throughout Canada have studied climate change […]

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(July 8) Early Bird Registration for the Livable Cities Forum 2019

(July 8) Early Bird Registration for the Livable Cities Forum 2019

Join us from October 28-30, 2019 in Victoria, BC for the eighth annual Livable Cities Forum: Building Better Communities Through Resilience.  The Livable Cities Forum is being hosted by the City of Victoria in partnership with ICLEI Canada, SHIFT Collaborative, and ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team), SFU. The Forum is a boutique event widely known for […]

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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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