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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.
Facilitation and support
Angie WooClimate Risk and
Our community at work
Planning and designing resilient new and upgraded health-care facilities requires climate-related impacts to be identified and addressed. This is undertaken in a workshop setting, where climate risk assessment is the focus.
A climate risk assessment is a strategic tool that provides the basis for planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation for a facility over its 60- to 100-year lifecycle. The climate risk assessment relies on participant experience and climate projections to explore the likelihood of climate-related impacts, the sensitivity of people, services, and assets to cascading impacts, and the level of effort likely needed to adapt. The level of risk is determined from these explorations.
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