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Climate Resilience & Adaptation


Climate Resilience & Adaptation Program

Launched in March 2016, the Climate Resilience & Adaptation Program emerged from a recognition that (i) climate risks and impacts to health infrastructure already have cascading impacts on health service delivery, and (ii) development of site-based low-carbon adaptation options will increase the long-term resilience of health campuses and organizations to climate shocks and stresses. Co-benefits with human health and emissions reductions are identified and enhanced wherever possible.


Current Projects & Initiatives (select)

  • Integrated Climate Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Planning with Vancouver Coastal Health (Healthy Built Environment Team), Fraser Health (Public Health), Health Emergency Management BC (Lower Mainland).
  • Moving Toward Climate Resilient Health Facilities for Fraser Health (Lower Mainland Facilities Management).
  • Resilience Guidelines for Health Infrastructure Design & Operations (Lower Mainland Facilities Management).
  • Mobilizing Building Adaptation & Resilience (MBAR), led by BC Housing.
  • Designing Climate Resilient Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURB), led by UBC.


Publications & Contributions


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:

Communities of Practice

  • HealthADAPT Community of Practice (contact: hc.climate.health.adaptation-adaptation.climat.sante.sc@canada.ca).
  • 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: cmurphy@fraserbasin.bc.ca).
  • 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: adapt@sfu.ca).
  • 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.



  • International Living Future Conference (April 2019, Seattle). Collaborating in a Future Climate: Challenges and Opportunities in Low-Carbon, Resilient Building Design. Panelist with Integral Group, University of British Columbia and Dunefield Consulting

  • Understanding Risk+ BC Built Environment 2018 (April 2018, Victoria). Resilient New Buildings: Low Carbon, Performance-Based and Multi-Hazard Designs in a Changing Climate. Panelist with BC Construction Association

  • Pacific North West Climate Resilient Healthcare Summit (December 2017, Seattle). Co-organizer with HealthCare Without Harm and Virginia Mason Hospital

  • ICLEI Livable Cities Forum (September 2017, Victoria). Climate Change and Human Health: Identifying Connections, Assessing Risks, and Moving to Action. Panelist with Health Canada, BC Housing, City of Windsor

  • National Health Leadership Conference (June 2017, Vancouver). Come hell or high water: Building resilience, managing risk and gaining returns from climate change. Panelist with Green Health Leaders Initiative and Island Health

  • GoGreen Seattle: A Conference to Green Your Business (March 2017, Seattle). Panelist with Virginia Mason Hospital and Public Health Seattle

  • Resilience 2.0: Healthcare’s Role in Anchoring Community Health & Resilience (January 2017, Boston). Organized by Healthcare Without Harm.

  • B.C. Public Sector Climate Action Leadership Symposium (November 2016). Panelist with the City of Vancouver and ICLEI

  • Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Conference (October 2016), speaker.




Assessments & Toolkits

Resilience Returns on Investments



Please contact Angie Woo, Climate Resilience & Adaptation, Lead for further information at angie.woo@fraserhealth.ca. Resource recommendations are very welcome!




Zero Waste

Active & Clean Transportation

Regenerative Design

Water Conservation & Restoration

Sustainable Supply Chain

Zero Toxicity

Healthy Land and Food

Transparent Reporting

Workplace Leadership (Formerly Culture Change)

Energy Conservation & Climate Neutral