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Climate Change

Move toward a climate-resilient health system
and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
in facility design and operations.

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Climate shocks and stresses to health assets and infrastructure are already having cascading impacts on health service delivery and the health of our communities, patients and staff.

To begin working at the scale of the challenges presented by our new climate reality, we are working to embed climate risk and resilience into our facility delivery lifecycle; develop low-carbon and climate-resilient options and pathways for our health campuses and organizations; and adapt to shifts in health service delivery models to virtual health and primary care networks.

Goals and Impact

  • Identify and reduce climate risks in planning and design to enable health facilities to manage residual, compound and new risks in operations.
  • Invest in resilience and realize the cascading benefits of doing so on our health and clinical services, staff and patients, and communities of care.
  • Move toward a climate-resilient health system in partnership with our health system stakeholders including:
    • Population and Public Health, and BC Center for Disease Control
    • Virtual Health and Information Management & Technology
    • Health Emergency Management BC
    • Procurement and Supply Chain
    • All levels of government and other public sector organizations (including BC Housing)
  • Advance low-carbon resilience by seeking synergies and co-benefits with work to reduce emissions in design and operations.
  • Promote human health and well-being through greening design and environmental sustainability strategies.

  • Increase proportion of existing facilities where climate risk and resilience impacts and opportunities are understood

    10%

    2025

    30%

    2030

  • Increase proportion of relevant infrastructure retrofit projects where climate risk and resilience are considered

    10%

    2025

    30%

    2030

  • Increase proportion of existing facilities where climate risk and resilience impacts and opportunities are understood

    10%

    2025

    30%

    2030

  • Increase proportion of relevant infrastructure retrofit projects where climate risk and resilience are considered

    10%

    2025

    30%

    2030

  • Increase proportion of existing facilities where climate risk and resilience impacts and opportunities are understood

    10%

    2025

    30%

    2030

  • Increase proportion of relevant infrastructure retrofit projects where climate risk and resilience are considered

    10%

    2025

    30%

    2030

  • Increase proportion of existing facilities where climate risk and resilience impacts and opportunities are understood

    10%

    2025

    30%

    2030

  • Increase proportion of relevant infrastructure retrofit projects where climate risk and resilience are considered

    10%

    2025

    30%

    2030

  • Facilitation and support

    Craig Dedels

    Manager, Climate Risk & Resilience

    Featured Story

    Our planet, our health – celebrating World Health Day

    World Health Day falls on April 7th each year with the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighting a different area of priority concern. ​This year’s theme is “Our Planet, Our Health” to draw attention to the urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.