November 2018

Relevance of Green Resilience Strategies to Professional Practice

Status: This seminar has been postponed. A new date is to be announced.
Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM–9:30 AM: Registration
9:30 AM–11:00 AM: Webinar
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Deborah Harford
Executive Director, ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team), Faculty of Environment, SFU

Steve Winkelman
Founder, Green Resilience Strategies
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $20.00 + GST = $21.00 until Nov 13, 2018

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $30.00 + GST = $31.50

Non-Member Price: $30.00 + GST = $31.50

Student Member Price: $15.00 + GST = $15.75
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by November 13, 2018 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
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Climate change mitigation and adaptation have traditionally been approached as separate endeavours, but there are compelling benefits to integrating them using "Green Resilience" (GR) strategies that both reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enhance climate resilience. Without integrated and proactive green resilience strategies (which is also sometimes referred to as "low carbon resilience"), project proponents risk wasting time and money on adaptation projects that miss energy efficiency opportunities, and/or emissions reduction efforts that are not resilient.


In this webinar, participants will hear from the authors of the December 2017 report on Taking Action on Green Resilience: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Synergies about examples of GR measures, summary of key benefits, insights on how to identify, fund and implement GR opportunities within the scope of professional practice. The authors look forward to your input during the Q&A and discussion on opportunities and challenges for engineers and geoscientists in pursuing GR solutions.

Plans are under consideration to create a cross-country dialogue regarding climate resilience and GHG mitigation, and to form working groups to advance recommendations on research, capacity-building, and policies to support implementation of green resilience solutions. Participants will also hear about these efforts and explore opportunities to be engaged in these initiatives.

This webinar will cover presentations from the authors of the report:

  • Deborah Harford, Executive Director, ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team), Faculty of Environment, SFU
  • Steve Winkelman, Founder, Green Resilience Strategies

Learning Objectives

Participants can learn about:

  • Green resilience (GR) strategies and their relevance in the day-to-day work done by members,
  • Opportunities to conduct targeted GR workshops for specific communities, sectors, and clients,and
  • Opportunities to engage in potential working groups to support implementation of GR strategies.

Who Will Benefit

Members of Engineers and Geoscientists BC in the green buildings, environmental, energy, infrastructure, transportation, and municipal fields providing consulting services to the public sector.

Professional staff of municipalities, and other public organizations responsible for land use and infrastructure planning, and management of public property.


Deborah Harford

Executive Director, ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team), Faculty of Environment, SFU

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 policy recommendations for effective adaptation strategies at all levels of government, as well as communication and promotion of the program’s outcomes.

Through Deborah’s efforts, ACT has created networks between local, national and international climate change research practitioners, NGOs, industry representatives, all levels of government, First Nations groups and local communities.

Deborah’s work with ACT has gained her national recognition as a resource for those seeking information on climate change adaptation and practical coping strategies.

Steve Winkelman

Founder, Green Resilience Strategies

Steve Winkelman founded Green Resilience Strategies in 2017. Steve has 25 years of experience in climate change, sustainable transportation, and resilient urban development.

Steve introduced the “Green Resilience” concept to advance synergies between climate change adaptation and mitigation (A+M) measures. Steve specializes in assessing and communicating the economic, environmental, and community benefits of sustainable urban development policies to bolster support for implementation. He is co-author of the books Growing Cooler and Growing Wealthier, which increased policymaker support for smart growth and transit-oriented development due to their climate change and economic benefits. He led development of the Colombia Transit Oriented Development (TOD) NAMA, securing €14.7 million in climate finance from the NAMA Facility, and currently leads delivery of technical cooperation in partnership with FINDETER, the national development bank of Colombia.

An informative and engaging public speaker, Steve has provided expert testimony to U.S. Congressional committees and has been a featured presenter at many executive briefings and conferences. His work has been covered by media outlets such as: the Atlantic, ClimateWire, CNN, E&E TV, Grist, Huffington Post, National Geographic, National Journal, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board Special Task Force on Climate Change.

At the Center for Clean Air Policy (1998–2016) Steve served as Director of the Transportation and Adaptation Programs, and currently supports CCAP as a consulting Project Manager. Prior to CCAP Steve managed ICF’s Climate Wise industrial energy efficiency work for the US EPA. At Argonne National Laboratory he designed, built and tested a magnetically levitated vehicle (maglev). His first transportation job was as a crew member for a hot-air ballooning company in France. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. He lives in Montréal.

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