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Event Description
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 10:00 to Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 11:30 Advancing Collaborative Climate Action in British Columbia Interactive Webinar Series
In keeping with directives from the Public Health Agency of Canada, ICLEI Canada will be delivering the third provincial workshop as part of the Together for Climate project as a series of four-online events. Participants will have an opportunity to deep dive into subject matter led by adaptation experts from across Canada and work hands-on with a suite of tools to help ensure the longevity of adaptation actions, secure necessary resources, and communicate their community’s successes. Themes for the webinars include partnerships, communications, financing and monitoring and evaluation. The objectives of the webinar series are:
 
  • To help municipalities and sustainability practitioners learn about implementation-ready climate adaptation plans
  • To bring together participants from across Vancouver Island participating in the Together for Climate project, while showcasing the achievements of the project thus far.
The series will feature presentations from the City of Burlington, the City of Edmonton, ACT-SFU, and more! Stay tuned as more session speakers are announced over the coming weeks. Please see program details below, including how to register for one or more of our webinars!
 
Session One: Working Together – Advancing Climate Adaptation Through Strategic Partnerships
June 1, 2020 10:00-11:30 AM (PT)
The first in the series of webinars will offer an introduction into the various types of collaboration and partnerships ranging from transactional to strategic and fully integrative. Speakers will kick-off a discussion on why strategic or transformative partnerships around climate change are necessary rather than more traditional or “transaction-based” partnerships.  Case studies of various partnership models will be presented. 
 
Session speakers include:
– Hana Lapp, Climate Change Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada
– Amy Daca, Stormwater Management Technologist, City of Burlington
– Julie Cayley, Executive Director, Severn Sound Environmental Association
– Andrea Byrne, Environmental Coordinator, City of Prince George
 
 
Session Two: Having the Climate Conversation – Getting the Message out and Inspiring Change
June 2, 2020 10:00-11:00 AM (PT)
This interactive workshop will offer an opportunity to learn foundational skills about climate communications and give participants a chance apply them using real-world climate solutions. Content will centre on strategically identifying key audiences, tailoring messages, and developing communications strategies using a variety of channels. 
 
Session speaker:
– Ewa Jackson, Managing Director, ICLEI Canada
 
 
Session Three: Who Pays the Bill? Financing Adaptation Actions
June 3, 2020 10:00-11:30 AM (PT)
Local governments in Canada are using a variety of tools, and accessing a variety of new funding sources, to pay for adaptation actions. This webinar will cover some of the tools that have seen greater uptake/innovation including: Conventional sources (Gas Tax, Invest in Canada Funding, etc.), Merit-based funds (MCIP, GMF, MAMP, Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund), and Carbon Price Revenues. Following this, presenters will share their experiences with identifying funding and financing options for adaptation plans.
 
Session speakers:
– Deborah Harford, Executive Director, Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Simon Fraser University
– Chandra Tomaras, Program Manager – Environmental Strategies, City of Edmonton
– Devin Causley, Manager, Climate Change Programs, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
– Shannon Miedema, Energy and Environment Program Manager, City of Halifax
 
 
Session Four: You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure – Establishing Monitoring Frameworks for Adaptation
June 4, 2020 10:00-11:30 AM (PT)
The purpose of this webinar will be to discuss challenges and best practices for measuring progress on adaptation at the local level. Panelists will begin by introducing monitoring and evaluation work completed to date in each of their respective municipalities. They will then discuss constraints to establishing adaptation indicators, such  as uncertainty, timescales, measurement of avoided impacts, availability of data, and lack of available resources, and suggest potential strategies or recommendations for other municipalities moving forward. 
 
Session speakers include:
– Allan Douglas, President, Climate Risk Institute
– Erin Desautels, Sustainability Planner, City of Surrey
– Tamsin Mills, Senior Sustainability City of Vancouver
 
Additional session speaker announcements to come!
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 11:30 to 13:00 Building Community Resilience: Climate Action & Equity Webinar
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted stark levels of social inequity and vulnerability that offer key insights for low carbon resilience planning as we consider recovery and ways to “build back better.”
 
This ACT webinar, hosted by ACT Executive Director, Deborah Harford, and ICABCCI Lead Researcher, Dr. Alison Shaw, welcomes renowned climate change and justice expert Dr. Edward Cameron to lead a dynamic discussion about the intersection of climate action and equity in a post COVID-19 world.
 
Please register early to secure your spot. A Zoom link will be sent to all registrants via email
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 09:00 to Friday, June 19, 2020 - 15:00 Canadian Low-Carbon Smart Mobility Technology Conference
UTRIC’s annual Low-Carbon Smart Mobility Technology Conference is the first conference of its kind in Canada. CUTRIC invites innovators, governments, transit agencies, and members of industry to provide and gain insight into the most cutting edge low-carbon smart mobility technology in the world, while collaborating on solutions for the major challenges we face in this sector today.
 
As the leading conference in zero emission transit and smart mobility, we aim to educate and mobilize industry champions, policy makers, planners, and integrators. This conference is for those who are keen to partake in the best learning experience in the country for low and zero emission transportation solutions, smart mobility technology applications, and big data sharing and analysis.
 
TOPICS INCLUDE:
1) Getting to zero emissions with battery. Battery electric bus deployments and experiences across Canada, U.S. and Europe
 
Leadership in battery electric bus (BEB) fleet deployments, charging systems integration, and energy storage optimization across transit and coach bus fleets for zero-emissions fleet operations across North America and Europe in 2020.  
 
2) Getting to zero with hydrogen. Hydrogen fuel cell electric bus deployments and experiences across Canada, US and Europe
 
Leadership in hydrogen fuel cell electric bus (FCEB) fleet deployments and fuelling systems integration across transit, coach bus fleets and rail for zero-emissions fleet operations across North America and Europe in 2020.  
 
3) Getting smart and smarter. First-kilometre/last-kilometre CAV mobility solutions for cities
 
Leadership in connected and autonomous mobility solutions for first kilometre/last kilometre challenge routes to enable integrated city mobility systems across North America and Europe in 2020  
 
4) Big data means better mobility. Collecting, analyzing and creating artificially intelligent data solutions in real-time for transit and public fleets
 
Leadership in cross-jurisdictional real-time data collection, analysis and machine-based solution building that supports optimized, low-carbon smart mobility deployments across North America and Europe in 2020
 
 
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 09:00 to 11:00 CleanBC NZER Workshops Series: Low-Carbon Heating & Hot Water Solutions
Recent winners from the CleanBC Net-Zero Energy Ready Design Challenge are leading the way in innovative design solutions for low carbon heating and hot water. This workshop will showcase four of these projects (three multi-family and one commercial office), each using a different low carbon heating solution, ranging from electric baseboards to heat pumps to district heating.
 
For low carbon domestic hot water, the latest high efficiency solutions in multi-family, central heat pump design will be presented by one of the leading experts on the topic. The workshop will also provide a status update on industry's current readiness to design and build low carbon solutions at scale by sharing early, select findings of the multi-stakeholder, provincial BC Low Carbon Building Electrification Road Map.
 
The two hour event will include presentations, facilitated workshop sessions and networking opportunities.
 
Agenda
This event will take place online via Webinar. 
 
9:00am – Welcome from ZEBx, Integral
 
9:10am – Interactive Participant Activity
 
9:15am – Building Electrification Road Map Update (Part 3)
 
9:40am – High Efficiency Low Carbon DHW Design
 
10:00am – Break
 
10:05am – Interactive Participant Activity
 
10:10am – Low Carbon Heating Solutions from Select NZER Projects
 
10:35am – Panel Q&A
 
10:50am – Final Interactive Participant Activity
 
11:00am – Webinar Ends
 
Speakers
Patrick Stewart, P.Eng., CPHD, LEED Green Associate, Principal - AME Group
 
Chris Liu, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP, Associate Principal - Smith and Andersen
 
Dale Mikkelsen, Vice President, UnverCity Project - Simon Fraser University
 
Shawn Oram, PE, Principal, Director of Design and Engineering - Ecotope
 
Jay Stariano, Sustainability Analyst - Highstreet Ventures
 
About ZEBx's CleanBC NZER Challenge Workshop Series
The “CleanBC Net-Zero Energy Ready Challenge: Workshop Series” consists of six unique workshops over nine deliveries that will run throughout 2020 with the objective to more rapidly advance solutions for zero emission buildings. Through the lens of BC’s most recently celebrated projects that are achieving the highest levels of the BC Energy Step Code and beyond (including Passive House, Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building Standard, LEED, and City of Vancouver Rezoning), participants will work with leading experts across industry silos to identify and advance emerging solutions as well as identify key barriers for scaling adoption. Visit zebx.org/nzer-workshops for more information.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 09:00 to Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 17:00 FCM's Sustainable Communities Conference

Local governments, together with their community partners, are essential to driving and delivering sustainable community living to Canadians. Whether your community is at the planning stage, running a pilot project, or ready to embark on a capital project, the Sustainable Communities Conference delivers relevant, interactive content that brings fresh insights to the challenges we all face.

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