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Climate Solutions Innovation Series

June 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - June 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

Join the conversation between SFU researchers, students, and the City of Burnaby as they discuss and design innovative climate change solutions in a COVID-19 reality.

The Climate Solutions Innovation Series is hosted by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), and Simon Fraser University (SFU)’s Sustainability Office and Office of Community Engagement.

In each webinar, researchers will engage in 10-minute pitches followed by a pitch from a local climate solution-seeker. There will be time after the pitches for all participants to engage and ask questions.

In addition, a brief presentation on the new PICS collaborative research program and its current funding opportunity will help frame the discussion on targeting new collaborations in pursuit of high-impact climate solutions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with some of British Columbia’s most innovative minds.

Watch recordings of the below events here.

WEBINAR 1: Building more sustainable and resilient cities: new opportunities for innovative solutions

Date: Tuesday June 23, 2020
Time: 5pm-6pm

Green Solutions to Build Cities Resilient to Climate Change and Pandemics
Speaker: Dr. Zafar Adeel, Executive Director, Pacific Water Research Centre, Professor of Professional Practice, School of Resource and Environmental Management, SFU

Some researchers suggest that the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the current pandemic gives us an early indication of the potential climate-change impacts in the near-future. Canadian cities must be at the forefront of offering innovative solutions to adversity whether it comes from pandemics or climate change. Effectively managing safe water services – freshwater, stormwater, and sewerage management – in crisis situations is an essential component of resilient urban communities. Ongoing work in many Canadian cities must incorporate innovative, nature-based infrastructure solutions that can cope with adversity, while providing green and sustainable jobs.

Charting a sustainable path out of lockdown?
Speaker: Dr. Taco Niet, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering at SFU

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that it is possible to address significant challenges as a society and that people are willing to make drastic changes to support their fellow citizens. As we emerge from lockdown we continue to face the climate crisis and we stand at a crossroads – how do we spend stimulus funds and create a shift to a cleaner and greener society as we emerge from COVID-19?

Coming out of COVID-19: how local government climate action can create jobs and build resilient communities
Speaker: Maya Chorobik, Senior Community Energy Manager, Community Energy Association

Given where we are now and which sectors and individuals have been impacted most, we have the opportunity to choose a stimulus strategy that builds in economic, health, and climate benefits. Maya will discuss the role of local governments in supporting economic recovery by leveraging climate action for job creation, community resilience, and other goals.
WEBINAR 2: Developing greener transportation systems in light of COVID-19
Date: Wednesday June 24, 2020
Time: 11am-12pm

Pedalling Toward Recovery
Speaker: Moreno Zanotto, Research Coordinator, Cities, Health and Active Transportation Research Lab, SFU

The prevailing COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sharp decline in transit ridership, partially due to physical distancing concerns. Whether transit riders switch to driving or cycling will depend upon how cities respond to this challenge. We will discuss the current state of cycling in Burnaby, key strategies to support active transportation, and the implications for sustainable mobility planning.

Supporting sustainable transport policy post-Covid 19
Speaker: Zoe Long

Public support for climate policies is often considered essential for their successful implementation, and public opposition may prevent governments from implementing strong climate policies, such as with the case of carbon taxation in most jurisdictions. I present results and implications from a survey of Canadian citizens on their awareness, support, and opposition towards three key transport policies considered essential to meeting 2050 climate mitigation goals.

A New Transportation Plan for Burnaby
Speaker: Renée de St. Croix

Renée de St. Croix has been a city planner, urban designer, and urbanist for over 15 years and is passionate about building better cities for people. She is Senior Planner with the City of Burnaby, BC and is currently the project manager for the new Burnaby Transportation Plan. She is also responsible for major city-wide policy initiatives, community plans, and other special projects for the City. Prior to joining the City, Renée was a planning consultant working in multiple cities across Canada and the United States.

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Simon Fraser University acknowledges the unceded Traditional Coast Salish Lands of Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver including the Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ), Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm), Kwantlen, Qayqayt, and Tsawwassen First Nations.


June 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
June 24, 2020 @ 12:00 pm