Events Archive

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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Shaping communities as if sustainability mattered

March 28, 2012 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us for a discussion with two of Vancouver’s most influential planning academics, Drs. Mark Roseland and Ron Kellett. Learn more from Mark Roseland about what’s happened at the community level in sustainable development since the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, 1992. Find out about Ron Kellett’s work on engaging citizens through “measured visualizations” to explore and express the links of energy, GHG emissions and community planning.

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Storyomics: proof that scientists evolved from humans

March 26, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

According to Randy Olson, many scientists suffer from ‘storyphobia’ (the irrational fear of ‘storytelling’), and he worries that this is a dangerous malady in an age of information-overload. A former marine biologist, Dr. Olson is a writer/director who lives and works in Los Angeles. His work focuses on the challenges involved in communicating science to the general public, and the current attacks on mainstream science in fields such as evolution and climate science.

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A real-time view of NE Pacific Ocean responses to an extreme storm event using NEPTUNE Canada high-frequency data

March 21, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

A much-discussed advantage of cabled ocean observatory systems over traditional shipboard or moored instruments is the ability to make continuous observations with multiple instruments during high-energy storm events. This presentation examines data recorded by NEPTUNE Canada instruments in the NE Pacific Ocean during an extreme storm event that occurred from 21-23 January 2012.

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