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Great Lakes Climate Change Adaptation Project: Opportunities for Ontario Municipalities

May 27, 2016

Join ICLEI Canada for an upcoming webinar and information session on the new Great Lakes Climate Change Adaptation Project! This webinar will be a great opportunity for municipalities to learn about the project details, including expended timelines, budgets, how to apply, and more!

Under the Canada-Ontario Agreement (COA) Respecting the Great Lakes, the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is supporting a project, led by ICLEI Canada, to increase climate change resilience for Great Lakes communities. Over a two-year period, ICLEI will engage approximately 30 communities in two projects aimed at building capacity on resilience planning and implementation:

A) Training the Trainer: Engaging Stakeholders in Climate Change Assessments - This project, targeting 16 communities throughout the Great Lakes watershed, will help municipalities learn how to use climate change modelling data to identify local vulnerabilities, assess and prioritize their risks, and begin developing adaptation plans.

B) Collaborative Implementation Groups: Working Together to Move from Planning to Action - This project, targeting 12 communities throughout the Great Lakes watershed, will help municipalities move from planning to action on local resilience by: identifying implementation ready adaptation initiatives, securing funding for the initiatives, documenting key lessons learned via a case study series, and leveraging future activities to support the actual implementation of local initiatives.

Speakers:

Hana Lapp, Adaptation and Resilience Planner, ICLEI Canada

Christina Schwantes, Adaptation and Resilience Planners, ICLEI Canada

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Making Strides on Community Adaptation

April 28, 2016

Impacts of a changing climate are already being felt in towns and cities across Canada. While climate change adaptation has received increased attention over the past several years, the focus has largely been on the planning process (e.g. conducting vulnerability and risk assessments, developing different types of asset management plans, etc.) and less on tangible on-the-ground actions. Adaptation planning is a process that is often capable of delivering positive outcomes, however can sometimes overestimate the capacity of planning to deliver the intended outcomes of adaptation.

The purpose of this In Session Webinar will be to share the findings from the Making Strides on Community Adaptation project, which intended to bridge the gap between planning and implementation by increasing the uptake of implementation related resources. The Webinar will also provide several recommentations of accessible strategies designed to address common constraints to implementing adaptation actions, while also highlighting our newly created "Abridged Resources", which serve as an “at-a-glance” synopses of existing implementation related documents. Furthermore, attendees will learn about several case studies that highlight innovative implementation from Canadian practitioners!


Speakers:
Michael Houle, Adaptation and Resilience Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada
Hana Lapp, Adaptation and Resilience Planner, ICLEI Canada
Deborah Harford, Executive Director, Adaptation to Climate Change Team (ACT)
Christine Zimmer, Senior Manager - Watershed Protection and Restoration, Credit Valley Conservation

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Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities: Canadian Cities Taking Action

March 22, 2016

Cities have a key role to play in mitigating the causes of and adapting their communities to the effects of a changing climate. As the level of government closest to residents, municipalities are well-positioned to develop effective strategies to protect the health of people and the livability of communities.

This webinar will focus on the Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities program (BARC), which is aimed at helping communities develop and implement their climate change adaptation plans.  Webinar participants will receive information on the BARC tools and methodology, as well as recommendations on how the program can best be tailored to their community’s specific needs. Guest speakers (including both cities that have completed BARC and current members) will provide insights into why they joined the program, how they navigated the adaptation planning process in their specific context, how they overcame barriers, and what they have done since completing their plan.

Speakers:

Hana Lapp, Adaptation and Resilience Planner, ICLEI Canada

Sinead MurphyClimate Adaptation Advisor, District of North Vancouver

Karina Richters, Environmental Coordinator, City of Windsor

Moderated by: Christina Schwantes, Adaptation and Resilience Planner, ICLEI Canada

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Beyond the New Paris Agreement - Working with Local Stakeholders

March 9, 2016

The Paris COP was a pivotal moment for the international climate movement with the creation of a framework for coordinated global action to limit climate change to 2 degrees of warming.  Local governments were recognized, engaged, and empowered throughout the roadmap leading to Paris and in the drafting of the Paris Agreement. History was made.  Now what?

This webinar will focus on the outcomes of the Paris COP as they relate to Canadian municipal governments and some of the non-government stakeholders that are important to realizing global and local climate goals.  Guest speakers will share the outcomes of the Paris COP as they relate to the sectors they work in, and discuss how local governments can use the outcomes of the Paris COP to better engage with local stakeholders.These presentations were also highlights from the 2015 Livable Cities Forum.

 

Moderator: Megan Meaney, Director, ICLEI Canada

Speakers:

Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, ICLEI World Secretariat

Melissa Harris, Project Manager, Climate Mitigation & Energy, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Charley Beresford, Executive Director, Columbia Institute

Christelle Broux, University of Toronto Delegate, ICLEI Canada intern

 

Click here to hear the recording from the webinar.  Click here for notes and biographies of speakers from the Webinar.

Click here to see the presentation of ICLEI Canada.  Other presentations will be uploaded in the coming days.

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Building Partnerships and Enhancing Community Flood Resilience

December 3, 2015

This webinar presented how Canadian municipalities are investing in community-level resilience and using critical partnerships to advance climate change adaptation within communities. Speakers will showcased programs and tools they used to forge valuable stakeholder partnerships and engage communities at an individual level, making strides toward climate change resilience across Canadian cities.  The audience heard case studies from Thunder Bay and the Town of Oakville, as well as an important lesson on partnerships from the newly launched Partners for Action Network.

These presentations were also highlights from the 2015 Livable Cities Forum.

Presenters:

Shawna Peddle, Director, Partners for Action Network, Faculty of Environment, Univsersity of Waterloo
 
Curniss McGoldrick, Climate Adaptation and Communication Coordinator, Thunder Bay
 
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Cindy TothDirector, Environmental Policy, Town of Oakville
 

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Local Climate Advocacy - From Lima to Paris

January 22, 2015

Canadian Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) members are part of a global movement of local governments committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrating the cumulative effectiveness of local governments working together.  Join this webinar for the latest international news.  What exactly happened at the UN Conference of Parties (COP) meeting in Lima last December?  And, what can we expect as we prepare for the next COP meeting in Paris?

Presenters:

Reports from Lima
Yunis Arikan, Head of Global Policy and Advocacy Global Services, ICLEI World Secretariat
Ask Yunis:  What are the most relevant issues for local governments coming out of the COP meeting in Lima?
 
Moving Towards Paris – the Compact of Mayors
Maryke van Staden, Low Carbon Cities Program Manager / Director of the carbonn Center, ICLEI World Secretariat
Ask Maryke: How could my Council sign the global Compact of Mayors?
 
Moving Towards Paris – the Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG Emissions (GPC)
Megan Meaney, Director, ICLEI Canada
Ask Megan: How can PCP members already using the PCP Protocol Supplement transition to using the GPC?
 

 

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Getting to Know BARC

September 10, 2014

The Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC) Program offers a comprehensive way to respond to the impacts of climate change, develop and implement an adaptation plan, and protect the people, property, and prosperity of your community. ICLEI’s online tool, expert staff, and over 20 years of experience in the field of municipal governance will give you the know-how needed to respond to the impacts of a changing climate. This webinar provided a walktrhough of the BARC program.

 

Presenters:

Leya Barry,Adaptation & Resilience Program Coordinator, ICLEI Canada

Holly Vaughan, Adaptation & Resilience Planner, ICLEI Canada

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Key Findings of the Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) Contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

 

June 17, 2014

The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report consists of four volumes, one of which is the Working Group II report entitled “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.” The Summary for Policymakers, based on the underlying report, was approved by governments on March 31, 2014, and contains information on observed and projected impacts, and adaptation. Dr. Stewart Cohen, a Senior Researcher with the Climate Research Division, Environment Canada will present key findings from the Working Group II report on this webinar. Dr. Cohen contributed to Canada’s first national climate change assessment report, “Canada Country Study”, as well as the 2007 National Assessment, and “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States” published in 2009. Since 1992, he has contributed to publications of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. For the IPCC 5th Assessment Report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, he is a member of the author team of the chapter “Foundations for Decision Making” as well as a member of the core writing team for the Summary for Policymakers which was released on March 31. Climate Change: Implications for Cities, a summary report of key findings from the 5th Assessment, will also be presented. The newly launched report, produced by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the University of Cambridge, synthesizes the most pertinent findings of AR5 specifically for the “city sector”.


Presenters:

Dr. Stewart J. CohenSenior Researcher, Climate Research Division, Environment Canada

Ewa Jackson, Manager, ICLEI Canada

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Adaptation Library: Community Resources for Climate Adaptation

 

May 23, 2014

The Adaptation Library is a publicly accessible and searchable collection of community-based knowledge products, with the goal of connecting municipal users with relevant information to reduce risks and maxi-mize opportunities arising from climate change. This webinar will offer a guided walk-through the Library, and then an opportunity for some of the producers of resources within the Library to showcase specific re-sources. This webinar provided a walk-through of the Adaptation Library and its features, as well as highlights of a few resources that it includes.


Check it out at www.AdaptationLibrary.ca (disponible en Français).


Presenters:

Leya Barry, Adaptation and Resilience Project Coordinator, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability

Holly Vaughan, Adaptation and Resilience Planner, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability


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Partners for Climate Protection Showcasing Results - 2012 National Measures Report

 

June 27th, 2013

The results are in: municipal efforts to take action on climate change and reduce emissions are paying off. Members of the FCM-ICLEI Partners for Climate Protection program are investing in green initiatives, reducing emissions and energy consumption, and reaping the economic benefits. Their achievements are showcased in the 2012 National Measures Report.
 
If your municipality contributed results to this report, hear how your efforts are contributing to national action on climate protection. Missed out on reporting this time around? Learn about the tangible results of a range of great municipal environmental projects and how you can take part in the PCP program.
 
This year's report not only showcases results from 2012, but also provides an overview of the last 5 years of national measures reporting!
 

Presenters:

Bahareh Toghiani Rizi, Project Assistant, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
 
Rob Costanzo, Deputy Operations Manager Engineering, City of Surrey, British Columbia
 
Samir Yammine, Energy Manager, City of Saint John, New Brunswick

 

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Accessing Adaptation: ICLEI Canada's Online Tool for Municipalities

 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC) Tool is an interactive web-based tool that has been designed to assist local governments with climate change adaptation planning. The tool is made up of a series of exercises designed to assist communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change through the development and implementation of a municipal climate change adaptation plan.

This webinar provides a thorough walk-through of the BARC Tool features and gives an overview of the BARC Program.

Hosts:

Ewa Jackson, Manager, ICLEI Canada

Leya Barry, Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada

Nick Weigeldt, Project Assistant, ICLEI Canada

 

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Introducing the New PCP Mileston Tool

 

Launched at the 2013 Sustainable Communities Conference, this new online resource provides local governments with a user-friendly framework to quantify, monitor and manage GHG emissions generated at the local level. The tool builds upon and significantly improves the capacity of previous emissions management resources offered by the PCP program. In addition to being web-based, the tool has an abundance of new features, including the ability to input energy and emissions data for multiple inventory years, track progress over time, and compare performance at the building or facility level. Users can choose between a variety of new, custom-made calculators depending on needs and data availability. The tool also features a target-setting component and FAQ to assist users in selecting ambitious yet achievable emission reduction targets. The tool is available in both English and French, and is free-of-charge to members of the PCP program. This webinar provided training on using the new online tool.

Hosts:

Jonathan Connor, Project Coordinator, ICLEI Canada

Bahareh Toghiani Rizi, Project Assistant, ICLEI Canada

Devin Causley, Manager, Climate Change Programs, FCM

 

To view a PDF of the presentation, click here.

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Leading Climate Action: Supporting Political Champions at the Local Level

 

Tuesday March 26, 2013

Local elected officials have a very special role to play when preparing a community for climate change. They are on the front lines, often the public face of a community’s response to a climate change impact - and they can influence municipal policy direction at the highest level. They can set supportive policies that enable municipal planners, engineers and sustainability specialists to study the vulnerability and risk associated with each of a city’s key service areas, and make informed decision about how to best plan for the local impacts of climate change.

 

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Ewa Jackson, Manager, ICLEI Canada

Charley Beresford, Executive Director, Columbia Institute

Ken Melamed, former Mayor of the Resort Municipality of Whistler

Mike Layton, Councillor, City of Toronto

Don Mitchell, Councillor, Durham Region

 

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So Now What?? An Introduction to Communicating Climate Change

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

This webinar served as a crash-course on communicating climate change and translating communication into action. After an introduction into the basics of communications, the bulk of the presentation focuses on answering the five big questions: Who? What? Why? When? and How?. This webinar addresses the importance of creating locally tailored messages and how communities large and small have done this successfully!

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Communities Bridging the Nexus: Municipal Best Practices in Biodiversity Management and Climate Change Action

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

This session brought together local practitioners for an interactive discussion on how their communities are bridging biodiversity management and climate change. Speakers explore why their community worked to integrate biodiversity and climate change actions, how they are developing comprehensive plans and strategies, and their motivations for engaging in both issues.

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Finding the Nexus: Biodiversity Management, Climate Change, and Cities

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Finding the Nexus: Biodiversity Management, Climate Change and Cities is the first part of a two part series on urban biodiversity and climate change in Canada. This session addresses the interaction of these global issues – climate change, biodiversity and cities – and how local governments are meeting the challenge of nature conservation and climate change at the local level.

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