Climate & Sustainability
Engineers and Geoscientists BC is committed to providing registrants with support in incorporating a consideration of climate change into their practice. We have undertaken several initiatives to explore the impact of climate change on professional engineering and geoscience practice.
Registrants, through the Climate Change Advisory Group, advise the Board on these matters on an ongoing basis.
Climate Change Advisory Group
The Climate Change Advisory Group is responsible for advising the Board on matters related to climate change and adaptation. This includes recommending appropriate policy development, providing input into practice guideline development and revision, and recommending appropriate responses to requests for regulatory support.
Climate Change Action Plan
The Climate Change Advisory Group developed a Climate Change Action Plan that gives Engineers and Geoscientists BC an appropriate and methodical approach to addressing climate change issues related to the practice of professional engineering and geoscience.
This plan provides a framework for how Engineers and Geoscientists BC can better support its registrants in their professional practice and allow Engineers and Geoscientists BC to respond to climate change issues proactively rather than reactively. The "What We Heard Report" summarizes the feedback we heard from registrants on the development of the Climate Change Action Plan.
- Engineers and Geoscientists BC feedback on the CleanBC Preparing Together Engagement Opportunity
- Engineers and Geoscientists BC feedback on BC Climate Action Secretariat’s Discussion Paper on the Climate Leadership Plan
- 2016 Engineers and Geoscientists BC Position Paper on Human-Induced Climate Change
- 2014 Engineers and Geoscientists BC Climate Change Position Paper on evolving responsibilities for engineers and geoscientists
2017 Climate Change Awareness Survey Findings
The 2017 Climate Change Survey was developed by Engineers and Geoscientists BC's Climate Change Advisory Group to better assess how the organization can support registrants to consider the impact their work has on the climate, as well as the impact of climate on their professional activities.
2023-24 Regulatory Learning Module
Climate Change Information Portal
The climate change adaptation tools and resources listed under the Climate Change Information Portal aim to support professionals in incorporating a consideration of climate change into their practice.
Sustainability is the concept of employing our physical, natural, and social resources to meet our needs and aspirations without compromising the well-being of future generations and the global ecosystem. Since the early 1990s, Engineers and Geoscientists BC has consistently supported and encouraged its registrants to adapt sustainable principles within the practice of professional engineering and geoscience.
The Sustainability Professional Practice Guidelines provide guidance to engineering and geoscience professionals on how to incorporate sustainability into their professional practice. The Sustainability Reference Materials complement the guidelines as a starting point for information about key sustainability concepts.
The 2023-2024 Regulatory Learning Module was developed in response to the objectives of Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Climate Change Action Plan and focuses on climate change and sustainability. Specifically, the module outlines how climate change presents risks to sustainability, what the responsibilities are for registrants to consider sustainability and climate change in their professional practice, and how registrants can follow the requirements of the Professional Practice Guidelines to integrate sustainability into professional practice.
View our Sustainability Reference Materials
View the 2023-24 Regulatory Learning Module
Registrants, through the Sustainability Advisory Group, advise the Board on these matters on an ongoing basis.
Sustainability Advisory Group
The Sustainability Advisory Group advises the Board on facilitating sustainability within professional engineering and geoscience practice and supports registrants in incorporating sustainability principles into their work.
Innovation in Sustainability Award
The Innovation in Sustainability Award recognizes an engineering or geoscience project that addresses environmental protection and environmental enhancement, developing solutions to address a changing climate, and seeking to realize sustainable outcomes.