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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)

Publications & Contributions

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: 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.



Terms & Definitions

Assessments & Toolkits

Other Resources


Please contact Angie Woo for further information at angie.woo@fraserhealth.ca




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