Climate Risk & Resilience
Climate Risk & Resilience
Launched in Spring 2016, our Climate Risk & Resilience program emerged from a recognition that:
- climate risks and impacts to health assets & infrastructure already have cascading impacts on health service delivery;
- development of site-based low carbon & resilient options will increase the long-term resilience of health campuses and organizations to climate shocks and stresses; and,
- co-benefits with health & wellbeing, emissions reductions and environmental sustainability must be identified and enhanced wherever possible.
Our projects and initiatives are aligned with the health authorities' public sector leadership role (CleanBC), and contribute to our annual Climate Change Accountability Reports - on our plans, actions and progress in reducing emissions and climate risk at the same time - under the BC Climate Change Accountability Act (starting in 2021).
Our ongoing collaboration with other health system actors, including public health and emergency management, also are aligned with the health authorities' 2020-21 Board Mandate Letter directive (e.g. PHSA): "As part of the new accountability framework established in CleanBC, and consistent with the Climate Change Accountability Act, please ensure your organization plans to align operations with targets and strategies for minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and managing climate change risk. Please be prepared to work with government to report out on these plans and activities."
For an overview of how Fraser Health, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) are working to better understand climate risks, address cascading impacts on patient care, and build a climate resilient health system, please see (and share!) our two-page executive summary series Investing in Climate Resilient Health Facilities & Operational Services.
Below are links to resources for those who are looking for a deeper dive into how we are reducing climate risks and building resilience with our partners and collaborators in our health system, government and public sector, professional services, academia and non-profit organizations.
Image credit: WHO Guidance for Climate Resilience and Environmentally Sustainable Health Care Facilities (October 2020)
Select Projects & Initiatives (ongoing)
- Climate Resilience Guidelines for BC Health Facility Planning & Design (October 2020, draft)
- Mobilizing Building Adaptation & Resilience (MBAR, led by BC Housing)
- Integrated Climate Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Planning, a joint project with:
- Vancouver Coastal Health, Healthy Built Environment Team (lead agency);
- Fraser Health Population & Public Health;
- Health Emergency Management BC, Lower Mainland; and,
- Facilities Management (Fraser Health, VCH & PHC, PHSA)
- Moving Toward Climate Resilient Health Facilities for PHSA
Publications & Contributions
- Investing in Climate Resilient Health Facilities & Operational Services for Fraser Health, VCH, PHC and PHSA
- Moving Toward Climate Resilient Health Facilities for Fraser Health: Technical Bulletin (2019)
- Moving Toward Climate Resilient Health Facilities for Vancouver Coastal Health (2018)
- EES Design Guidelines for New Construction & Major Renovation Projects (2019)
- Greening Blocks: Design Interventions to Integrate Health and Climate Resilience Co-benefits (UBC, 2019)
- Green Infrastructure & Health Guide (Oregon Health and Outdoors Initiative, 2018)
- Proposed Climate Change Impact and Resiliency Indicators for Canadian Health Care Facilities (Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, forthcoming)
- Reducing Urban Heat Islands to Protect Health in Canada: an introduction for public health professionals (Health Canada, forthcoming)
- Evaluation of Energy Retrofit Options at Fraser Canyon Hospital (NRC, 2017)
Communities of Practice
The program shares experiences and exchanges knowledge with diverse stakeholders and audiences to reduce climate risks and build resilience at the health building, campus and community levels including:
- HealthADAPT Community of Practice (contact: email@example.com).
- Public Sector Climate Risk and Resilience Community of Practice, organized by the BC Climate Action Secretariat (contact: Julia.Berry@gov.bc.ca).
- Climate Risk Network, organized by the Fraser Basin Council (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Inspiring Climate Action: BC Professionals Adaptation Network, led by Royal Roads University Resilience by Design Lab
- Adaptation to Climate Change Professional Association Committee (ACTPAC), organized by SFU Adaptation to Climate Change Team (contact: email@example.com).
- Adaptation Community of Practice (ongoing, Metro Vancouver). Co-organizer with City of Vancouver, Simon Fraser University and Metro Vancouver.
- Practically Green Workshops Series for Sustainability Intrapreneurs (2015-17). Co-organizer with SAP, VanCity, Hootsuite and Vancouver Aquarium.
Terms & Definitions
Assessments & Toolkits
- WHO Guidance for Climate Resilience and Environmentally Sustainable Health Care Facilities (World Health Organization, October 2020)
- Operational Framework for Building Climate Resilient Health Systems (WHO, 2015)
- Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines (NYC, 2019)
- CoastADAPT Risk Assessment Guidance (National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, 2018)
- Building Health Care Sector Resilience Toolkit (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014)
- Health Care Facility Climate Change Resiliency Toolkit (Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, 2017)
- Hazards Vulnerability Analysis (Kaiser Permanente, 2017)
- Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals (Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, 2019)
- Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment - Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (PIEVC, 2018)
- Ontario Climate Change and Health Toolkit (Government of Ontario, 2016)
- Guide and Workbook for Municipal Climate Adaptation (ICLEI)
- Safe Haven in the Storm: protecting lives and margins with climate-smart health care (HCWH, 2018)
- Climate Risk and Real Estate Investment Decision-Making (ULI, 2019)
- Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals (Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, 2019): This toolkit comprises 8 modules
- Health Care's Climate Footprint: how the health sector contributes to the global climate crisis and opportunities for action (Health Care Without Harm, 2019)
- Air Quality & Health Workshop (BC Lung Association, 2019): access presentation slides and interviews with experts including Dr Sarah Henderson (BC Centre for Disease Control) on wildfire smoke as a growing threat to air quality and public health, and Angela Yao (UBC) on population health surveillance and forecasting for wildfire smoke.
Please contact Angie Woo, Climate Risk & Resilience for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.