Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Re-Start Seminar Series

Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Re-Start

As we respond to the acute shocks and stresses of 2020, this PICS-supported bi-weekly, online seminar series will focus on this crucial question being asked across British Columbia and around the world:

How can the restart be more sustainable, resilient and equitable?

These interlinked shocks and stresses include 1) the pandemic and public health concerns; 2) climate change impacts including flooding and forest fires; and 3) public outcry against racism equity and social justice.

We will address technical, policy, and scientific approaches in both the built and natural environment with local, national, and international speakers from academic, government, industry, and non-governmental organizations. This seminar series is a partnership between the University of Victoria and the UBC Sustainability Initiative, supported by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

Scheduled Seminars:

Canada's Building Regulatory System: Transformative Drivers and Future Directions
September 8th, 2020, 12:30 - 1:30pm PDT

Speaker: Andrew Pape-Salmon, Executive Director of the BC Building and Safety Standards Branch, and Adjunct Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at UVic.

This lecture serves as a primer on public policy for five levels of government (local, regional, Indigenous, provincial/territorial, federal), along with key drivers that contribute to government strategy, policy, legislation, regulations, programs and services.

Andrew Pape-Salmon will provide examples pertaining to the regulation of building construction and renewal, highlighting examples that support goals toward resilient, ultra-low energy buildings, decarbonization and the deep integration of renewables.

On Buildings, Energy, and Health in a Changing Climate
September 22, 2020, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM PDT

Speaker: Holly Samuelson, Assistant Professor of Architectural Technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

Join us as Dr. Holly Samuelson presents research using building performance simulation among other methods to improve energy and environmental performance and human health in buildings and cities.

This includes improving modeling methods for urban context, stormwater, occupant behaviour, and occupant views, as well as investigating heat vulnerability at the building and city scale and moisture and mold performance of buildings in future climates. 

COVID-19 Building Operations and Future Codes
October 6th, 2020, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Laurence Schoen
Registration TBD

Industrial Symbiosis – A Key Plank in a Circular Economy
October 20th, 2020, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Timo Makinen
Registration TBD

Topic TBD
November 3rd, 2020, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Ingrid Waldron
Registration TBD

Topic TBD
November 17th, 2020, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Speaker: Constantine Samaras
Registration TBD

Topic TBD
December 1st, 2020, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Speaker: Brittany Coughlin
Registration TBD

Andrew Pape-Salmon
Andrew Pape-Salmon

Andrew Pape-Salmon is the Executive Director of the BC Building and Safety Standards Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The Branch is responsible for the Building Act and building regulations such as the BC Building, Plumbing, Fire Codes and voluntary opt-in regulations for local authorities such as the Energy Step Code and 12-storey encapsulated mass-timber construction. The Branch is also responsible for the Homeowner Protection Act and Safety Standards Act.

Over the past 20 years Andrew has worked as a professional engineer on topics of clean energy policy and economics, resilient communities, super-efficient building construction, deep-energy retrofits of existing buildings, and renewable energy resources.

Andrew has degrees from University of Waterloo Systems Design Engineering and SFU Natural Resource and Environmental Management. He is also an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria and the instigator for the formation of a the UVic EERI student chapter.

Dr. Holly Samuelson
Dr. Holly Samuelson

Dr. Holly Samuelson is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and co-head of the Master of Design in Energy and Environment program.  Her research and teaching focuses on energy performance, occupant behavior, and health in buildings in a changing climate. Among her authored and coauthored papers, she has contributed articles to Applied Energy, Journal of Environmental Management, Building and Environment, Energy and Buildings, and the Journal of Building Performance Simulation.

Prior to joining Harvard, Samuelson practiced full-time as an architect (2000-2007) and sustainable design consultant (2007-2008), and she prioritizes forging links between academia and the building industry. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon as well as a Master of Design and Doctorate from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Laurence Schoen

Larry Schoen is Principal Engineer for Schoen Engineering Inc., Columbia, Maryland, which was founded in 1995.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in 8 states and the District of Columbia. The firm does analysis and design of mechanical and electrical systems in commercial, industrial, institutional and residential facilities and has engineered all manner of HVAC, plumbing, electrical and elevator systems. The mission of the firm is to create and maintain high quality indoor environments, which promote health, comfort and productivity, while using energy and other resources efficiently.

Timo Makinen
Timo Makinen

Timo has over 30 years of experience dealing with a variety of energy and environmental issues with a number of firms including Shell Canada, Shell International, BC Hydro, BC Gas (now Fortis BC), and BC Research Inc.. His career experience includes energy project design and planning; energy economics and forecasting; integrated resource planning and DSM; GHG strategy development and implementation; and carbon offset origination and verification. Timo holds a chemical engineering degree from the University of Toronto, and MBA and MRM degrees from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He is a registered professional engineer in B.C., and Past Chair and a member of the board of the national not-for-profit, “Tree Canada”.

Timo is currently the Director of Operations for NISP® Canada, a circular economy-based initiative aimed at re-purposing wastes, increasing resource efficiency, reducing environmental impacts, and delivering other such triple bottom line benefits. NISP® Canada is a program run by Vancouver-based Light House (Formerly operating as the Light House Sustainable Building Centre).

Ingrid Waldron
Ingrid Waldron

Dr. Ingrid Waldron is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University and the Director of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project). Her research, teaching, and community leadership and advocacy work in Nova Scotia are examining and addressing the health and mental health impacts of structural inequalities within health and mental health care, child welfare, and the environment in Indigenous, Black, immigrant, and refugee communities.

As the Director of the ENRICH Project over the last 8 years, Dr. Waldron has been investigating the socio-economic, political, and health effects of environmental racism in Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian communities. The ENRICH Project formed the basis to Dr. Waldron’s first book There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities. The Netflix documentary There’s Something in the Water is based on Dr. Waldron’s book and was co-produced by Waldron, actress Ellen Page, Ian Daniel, and Julia Sanderson, and co-directed by Page and Daniel.