Events Archive

Fire in the woods or fire in the boiler? Exploring sustainable practices to combine wildfire risk control with local energy generation

September 19, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Recent studies show a link between climate change and wildfires across Canada, with fire risk predicted to increase as temperatures rise. In addition, the forest, parks, and agricultural landscapes of BC are now scattered with subdivisions, campgrounds, ranches, lodges and industrial sites that are vulnerable to wildfire. As a consequence, the urban/forest interface is growing rapidly, and communities across BC – especially in the interior – are implementing preventive forest management practices to reduce the risk of wildfires.

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BC in the WECC-nation: retrospect and prospect

September 17, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Presented by the BC Sustainable Energy Association:

These are interesting times in BC with regard to energy policy and practice, in particular for electricity. BC Hydro’s draft Integrated Resource Plan; new provincial policy approaches changing our energy supply from low-cost and reliable to self-sufficient with “insurance” – and now to a more muted self-sufficient status; the prospect of major industrial load-growth from liquefied natural gas (LNG) export; and the pending renewal/renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty all point to challenges and opportunities.

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GreenTech Exchange Forum: Employment in BC's clean energy, building and transportation sector

July 26, 2012 - 6:00pm

In its 2012 Green Provincial Report Card, Corporate Knights ranked British Columbia first in Canada in the categories of clean energy, transportation, and innovation. Additional reports and media coverage in recent years have heralded BC as a “green economy” and clean technology leader in North America on a trajectory for creating thousands of new jobs in the province over the next decade.

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GreenTech Exchange Forum: Integrating solutions for energy efficient homes

June 26, 2012 - 6:00pm

Consumer energy management - Bringing innovative technologies and effective solutions together for comfort, cost savings and environmental sustainability. 

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Climate Change Solutions: The Road Ahead

June 13, 2012 - 11:30am to June 14, 2012 - 1:30pm

Overlooking Vaseaux Lake, Okanagan, BC. Acrylic painting by Shawn A. Jackson.PICS Annual Forum

This year's annual forum will, for the first time, take the format of an intensive, two-day planning session. By invitation only, PICS committee members, staff, fellowship holders and principal investigators will assemble to:

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Smart environmental policy with full-cost pricing

May 8, 2012 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Canada’s natural resources, ecosystems and wildlife are indispensable to the sustainability of our planet and economy. Despite this, both the public and private sectors do not adequately consider the environmental consequences of production and consumption when calculating their bottom line. There is a growing need for full-cost pricing, a system that adjusts market prices to reflect not only the direct costs of goods and services, but also their impact on our country’s natural capital. Presenting the findings of a March 2012 paper, Dr. Olewiler argues that the onus is on the federal government to create the conditions for full-cost pricing to succeed.

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Carbon Talks: An economic assessment of the Northern Gateway

April 27, 2012 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Robyn Allan has been a consulting economist and has provided strategic business management and public policy advise to senior personnel in the private sector and in government on a wide variety of issues, with emphasis on investment, corporate restructuring, international trade and business development. She has been a director for a number of community organizations and publicly listed companies including Vancouver Opera, Ballet BC, and Samoth Capital Corporation.

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State of the Ocean Report

April 18, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

As part of the joint PICS/PCIC Pacific Climate Seminar Series, Dr. Bill Crawford presents “State of the Ocean up to 2012, British Columbia Edition.” Dr. Crawford will describe variability in BC’s coastal waters and their marine life in past years and right up to present day, showing how changes in persistent weather patterns can alter the coastal ocean and its ecosystem.  He will also discuss changes in marine species and ecosystems that remain unknown.

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Carbon Talks: Win-win solutions - smart approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation?

April 10, 2012 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join us this month to learn about the experiences of SFU’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT).

As executive director of ACT, Deborah Harford is responsible for development of the initiative’s pioneering vision and its unique partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as overall coordination and management of the program. She also directs and produces ACT’s pioneering policy recommendations for effective adaptation strategies at all levels of government, as well as communication and promotion of the program’s outcomes.

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Climate change adaptation: reflections on experiences at UBC and a look ahead

April 3, 2012 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Dr. Stewart Cohen began his association with the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1995 to explore the relationship between human induced climate change and long-term sustainability. This experiment of having an Environment Canada scientist residing on campus for nearly 17 years produced some important learning moments. Please join us as Dr. Cohen reflects on these highlights and talks about the evolving role for adaptation research in enabling dialogue and decision making in response to climate change.

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