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Basics & Theory

Building Science Seminars: Presentation On Energy, Global Warming & Buildings
DR. John Straube slide presentation presents his views on climate change and energy supply, with recommended solutions and the role of building science. 2008 (PDF)

EcoBuilding: Reconsidering Carbon Terminology
EcoBuilding Pulse magazine says William McDonough, the renowned architect behind the Cradle-to-Cradle design philosophy, offers new terminology for carbon, the much-maligned element.

Reegle: Glossary & Thesaurus On Clean Energy & Climate Change
Reegle provides an online, comprehensive clean energy and climate change glossary and thesaurus.

You Tube: Video Of Straube Presentation On Climate Change & Energy
Dr John Straube video presentation from Building Science Seminars 2006 covers climate change and energy.
Education & Training

CSA: Canadian Seminars & Courses On The Environment
CSA offers a number of courses across Canada in various topics relating to the environment and your business.

PICA: Free Online Course On Climate Change Mitigation
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions free online course shows how to put the brakes on climate change. Course modules include Lesson 1: Mitigation Needs & Actions, and Lessons 2 & 3: Government Tools & Initiatives Part I & Part 2.

PICS: Climate Insights 101
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions offers 3 animated and interactive courses that provide an understanding of the causes of climate change, of how society can adapt, and the options for mitigation.
Industry Information

APEG BC: 2014 Engineers Position Paper On Climate Change
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC position paper Changing Climate in British Columbia: Evolving responsibilities for APEGBC and APEGBC Registrants, discusses climate change as it relates to the practice of professional engineering and geoscience. (PDF)

BC Gov: 2015 Climate Leadership Team Report Released
BC government has released the Climate Leadership Team Report and the province will begin public consultations in January 2016.

BC Gov: BC Provincial Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report 2012
BC Government says BC's greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.5 per cent between 2007 and 2010, according to BC's Provincial Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report. It is possible that B.C. will meet its 2012 interim target of a 6 per cent reduction below 2007 levels by 2012. (PDF)

BC Gov: Citizen Conservation Councils On Climate Action Report
BC Citizens Conservation Councils final report to government provides recommendations that will help the Province better engage British Columbians to take local action on climate change. (PDF)

BC Gov: Community Energy & Emissions Inventory Reports
Province of BC online Community Energy and Emissions Inventory reports for all BC local governments will assist them in creating community-wide GHG emissions baselines for their official community plans.

BC Gov: Economic Tools For Climate Change Adaptation
BC Government report Economic Tools for Climate Change Adaptation: Private Real Estate Decisions looks to better understand decision-making in the real estate sector and where it may break down in the context of climate change adaptation; It looks at the real estate development process as a whole, and three areas that usefully illustrate the case for intervention: planning developments; property occupancy & renovation; property redevelopment. It provides a case study of the barriers to efficient adaptation decisions by private individuals and businesses in the sector, and the economic instruments that governments in BC could potentially use to overcome them. (PDF)

BC Gov: Overview Of New BC Climate Leadership Plan
The Climate Leadership Plan is British Columbia's next step to fight climate change. This plan highlights the first set of actions they are taking to help meet their 2050 emissions reduction target of 80 per cent below 2007 levels, while building a clean economy. These actions are expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 million tonnes below current forecasts by 2050 and create up to 66,000 jobs over the next ten years. (PDF)

Canada Gov: 2011 Auditor Report On Canadian Climate Change Plans
The 2011 October Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Canada covers the federal government’s climate change plans under the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act.

Canada Gov: Built Environment Items In Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change
Government of Canada says the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change approach to the built environment will include (1) making new buildings more energy efficient; (2) retrofitting existing buildings, as well as fuel switching; (3) improving energy efficiency for appliances and equipment; and (4) supporting building codes and energy efficient housing in Indigenous communities.

Canada Gov: Canada's Mid-Century Long-Term Low-Greenhouse Gas Development Strategy
Canadian Government report Canada's Mid-Century Long-Term Low-Greenhouse Gas Development Strategy outlines an emissions abatement pathway consistent with net emissions falling by 80 per cent in 2050 from 2005 levels. (PDF)

Canada Gov: Canada's Sixth National Report On Climate Change 2014
Canada's Sixth National Report on Climate Change summarizes actions to meet commitments under the United Nations framework convention on climate change. (PDF)

Canada Gov: Greenhouse Gas Sources & Sinks In Canada
Environment Canada National Inventory Report 1990-2010: Greenhouse Gas Sources and Sinks in Canada provides key emission trends for specific sources, sectors and regions; and provides a core set of data for setting baseline emissions and further analysis. (PDF)

CCA: Technology & Policy Options For Low-Emission Energy System In Canada
Council of Canadian Academies report Technology and Policy Options for a Low-Emission Energy System in Canada, provides a review of options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving Canada toward a low-emission future.

Climate Smart: BC Construction, Real Estate, Carbon Emissions
Vancouver-based Climate Smart on industry brief Construction, Real Estate, and Carbon Emissions helps flesh out the business case for energy efficient buildings. It looks at carbon management in small and medium-sized construction and real estate firms. (PDF)

Conference Board: Greenhouse Gas Mitigation In Canada
Conference Board report Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Canada says Canada’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have been a patchwork of federal programs and regulations and separate provincial action plans. This report reveals how a more coordinated approach could be more effective and cost-efficient. Free registration required.

Energy Vanguard: Another Down Year for Heating Degree Days
Energy Vanguard says it's been another down year for heating degree days, and points to a trend since 2010.

Environment Canada: 2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reference Case
Environment Canada report 2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reference Case presents the future impacts of policies and measures taken by federal, provincial and territorial governments as of November 1st, 2016.

Environment Canada: Canada's Emission Trends
Environment Canada report Canada's Emission Trends presents projections of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada to the year 2020. It shows how the future path of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada will depend on a number of factors including: government actions, technological change, the growth in the economy, and developments in energy markets. (PDF)

EU: US Climate Change Policy 2015
European Union online report US Climate Change Policy reviews and updates the previous 2013 report providing an overview of the climate change policy in the US. Starting with the emissions trend it then makes some general remarks about policy making in the US before entering into concrete climate policy, both domestically and at international level. Finally, there is a section displaying three climate topics of mutual interest for the EU and the US. (PDF)

FCM: Canadian Municipal Role In Fighting Climate Change
Federation of Canadian Municipalities report on Municipal Role in Fighting Climate Change shows the federal government can jump-start its national climate change strategy by partnering with municipalities on cost-effective, community-based projects. (PDF)

Fraser Institute: Climate Policy Implications Of Hiatus In Global Warming
Fraser Institute study Climate Policy Implications of the Hiatus in Global Warming highlights the pause or hiatus in global warming and what it means for public policy in Canada and around the world. It says there has been no statistically significant temperature change over the past 15 to 20 years, despite an 11 per cent increase in atmospheric greenhouse gas levels since 1995.

IPCC: Mitigation Of Climate Change 2014
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change online The Working Group III contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (WGIII AR5) provides a comprehensive assessment of all relevant options for mitigating climate change through limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as activities that remove them from the atmosphere. (PDF)

IPCC: Options Exist To Limit Climate Change Effects
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change online Concluding Instalment of the Fifth Assessment Report says options are available to adapt to climate change and implementing stringent mitigations activities can ensure that the impacts of climate change remain within a manageable range, creating a brighter and more sustainable future. (PDF)

Lethbridge Univ: Alberta Climate Records 1950 To 2010
University of Lethbridge interactive online database provides access to climate records from 1950 to 2010 for the province of Alberta.

Metro Vancouver: Climate Projections For Metro Vancouver
Metro Vancouver report Climate Projections for Metro Vancouver says temperatures in Metro Vancouver are warming. Global climate models project an average increase of about 3C in our region by the 2050s. Our ability to adapt to climate change requires specific information on how changes in temperature and precipitation will play out locally, how expected changes may vary throughout the seasons, and about new climate extremes. (PDF)

NAHB: Reports & Studies On Climate Change & Housing Industry
US National Association of Home Builders provides information, research and reports on climate change as it relates to the housing induatry.

NRCan: Canada's Marine Coasts In A Changing Climate
NRCan online report Canada's Marine Coasts in a Changing Climate assesses climate change sensitivity, risks and adaptation along Canada's marine coasts. It includes overviews of regional climate change impacts, risks and opportunities along Canada's three marine coasts, case studies demonstrating action, and discussion of adaptation approaches. (PDF)

NRTEE: Economic Impacts Of Climate Change For Canada
Canadian National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy online report Economic Impacts of Climate Change for Canada summarizes a national-level study that assessed costs of growing climate change in our country and what it could mean to people, places, and prosperity. (PDF)

PCC: Pacific Coast Climate Action Plan
British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California are working together on climate change and clean energy. The Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy commits the four jurisdictions to an alignment that places a price on carbon. (PDF)

PICS: Energy & GHG Emissions In British Columbia 1990-2010
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions report Energy and GHG Emissions in British Columbia 1990-2010 provides an overview of energy supply and use, greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency in British Columbia. (PDF)

PPF: US & Canadian Public Opinion On Climate Change
Public Policy Forum report Public Opinion on Climate Change in the United States and Canada examines the public perceptions of climate change in both countries, respectively. The report outlines and compares findings from polling survey's taken in both countries on the belief in climate change and global warming. (PDF)

REF: BC Real Estate Foundation 2016 Submission For BC Climate Leadership Plan
Real Estate Foundation of BC shares its comments and recommendations for the second round of consultation on the BC Government Climate Leadership Plan. It includes a package of ten recommendations for integrating transportation and land use planning.

REF: BC Real Estate Foundation Submission To 2015 BC Climate Leadership Plan
BC Real Estate Foundation submission to the 2015 BC Climate Leadership Plan says the land-use and infrastructure planning decisions made in communities today will have long-lasting implications for community energy demand and energy costs for decades to come. (PDF)

Science Daily: Insurance Industry Paying Increasing Attention To Climate Change
Science Daily says according to a new study the insurance industry is increasing its efforts to manage climate change-related risks.

SPI: Toward Canadas Climate Goals
Smart Prosperity Institute paper Toward Canadas Climate Goals: The Policy Research Agenda for Getting to 2030 and Beyond sees a need for more analysis to underpin the development of policies that support emissions reduction and clean economic growth, with the wellbeing of Canadians at heart. (PDF)

T&F: Climate Policies for Buildings
Taylor & Francis discusses whether or not there is sufficient policy literacy within the built environment community to convincingly engage with policy-makers and policy formulation to play an active role in generating, explaining and evaluating policy options.

Trottier: Low-Carbon Energy Futures, Review Of National Scenarios
Trottier Energy Futures Project report Low-Carbon Energy Futures: A Review of National Scenarios says Canada can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to a fraction of current levels while maintaining or improving living standards and quality of life. (PDF)
Industry Sectors

CKB: Climate Knowledge Brokers
Climate Knowledge Brokers Group is an emerging alliance of around 50 of the leading global, regional and national knowledge brokers specializing in climate and development information.

PICS: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, hosted and led by the University of Victoria works to develop innovative climate change solutions, seek new opportunities for positive adaptation, and lead the way to a vibrant low-carbon economy.
Information Sources

BC Gov: Web & Mobile Apps For Climate Action
BC Government site displays winning apps in their Apps for Climate Action Contest that challenged Canadian software developers to raise awareness of climate change and inspire action to reduce carbon pollution by using data in new applications for the web and mobile devices.

Canada Gov: Canada's Action On Climate Change
Government of Canada website provides resources on Canada's action on climate change, including carbon pricing, clean electricity, transportation, buildings, innovation and more.

Canada Gov: Environment & Climate Change Canada Library Services
Environment and Climate Change Canada Library Services provides related information resources and services to Canadians.

Climate Examiner: Blog & Site With News On Climate Change For BC & Beyond
Climate Examiner is a free blog and website providing news on climate change for BC and beyond.

Climate Tagger: Knowledge Solutions To Combat Climate Change
Climate Tagger utilizes Linked Open Data to scan, sort, categorize and enrich climate and development-related data, improving efficiency and performance of knowledge management systems.

Environment Canada: FAQ's About The Science Of Climate Change
Environment Canada gives an FAQ overview on climate change that may help contractors keep up to date with what is going on relative to their industry.

Knowledge Navigator: Climate Change Knowledge Navigator & Widget
Knowledge Navigator widget is an online application that helps you to find and easily access selected climate change platforms. These platforms, or initiatives, host and link to material from more than one institution or source, and are distinct from an institutional website.

NRCan: Publications On Climate Change
Natural Resources Canada Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Division has produced a number of publications for various audiences. These publications include assessment reports that document recent science and examine key adaptation issues across Canada, policy-relevant documents for decision-makers of all levels, and posters, CDs, and maps for educational purposes and the general public.

NRCan: Resource Site On Climate Change
NRCan provides climate change information and resources, including Impacts and Adaptation, Climate Change Science, and Climate Change Resources.

PICS: BC Resource Site On Climate Change
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, hosted and led by the University of Victoria, provides information and resources on climate change.

PICS: Climate Change Adaptation Resource Guide For Local Governments
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions report Climate Change Adaptation for Local Government A Resource Guide, provides links to information for local government adaptation. (PDF)
Issues & Performance

Climate Communication: Heat Waves & Climate Change
Climate Communication features experts discussing the connections between extreme heat and climate change. IT summarizes our current scientific understanding of the connection between climate change and the recent increase in extreme temperatures, as reported in peer-reviewed research articles published through May 2012.

Columbia Law School: Center For Climate Change Law
Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School develops legal techniques to fight climate change, trains law students and lawyers in their use, and develops databases on climate law and regulation.

CSA: New Carbon Neutral Program For Building Owners
CSA Standards has launched the CSA Registered Carbon Neutral Program. It provides organizations and building owners with a credible, transparent process by which to declare their carbon neutrality and receive recognition in the program registry, as well as authorized use of the new program label.

ENN: Climate Models Over-Predict Precipitation Increase
Environmental News Network says Lawrence Livermore researchers and collaborators have found that most climate models overestimate the increase in global precipitation due to climate change.

EPA: Endangerment Findings For Greenhouse Gases
US Environmental Protection Agency finds that the current and projected concentrations of the six key well-mixed greenhouse gases--carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)--in the atmosphere threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations. (PDF)

GBA: Landfills Have a Huge Greenhouse Gas Problem
Green Building Advisor says in 2010, more than 10% of all methane generated by humans came from landfills.

ISO 14064: International Standards For Greenhouse Gas Reporting
International Organization for Standardization series 14064 Specification are a set of voluntary international standards provide guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals.

SF Gate: Cities Must Prepare For Climate Change Or Get Sued
SF Gate says insurance companies are preparing for climate change, and it behooves cities to follow suit. Insurance companies are beginning to file lawsuits against small towns and cities who the companies say haven't prepared for climate-change-related floods and storms that potentially could cost the companies billions in payments.
Procedures

ACT: Transformative Climate Change Planning For Canada
Adaption to Climate Change report Low Carbon Resilience: Transformative Climate Change Planning for Canada describes low carbon resilience as climate change strategies that integrate and achieve co-benefits between greenhouse gas emissions reduction (mitigation) and planning designed to reduce vulnerability to climate change impacts (adaptation). This paper demonstrates the potential value of their integration, explores examples of low carbon resilience strategies, and considers options for their implementation in Canada. (PDF)

BC Climate Action Toolkit: Resource Site For Local Governments
BC Climate Action Toolkit is a tool for knowledge sharing and collaboration. It provides the latest news, best practices, practical advice, information, and strategic guidance to help BC local governments successfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, at the same time, strengthen their communities.

BCWWA: Communicating Climate Change
BC Water & Waste Association bulletin on Communicating Climate Change describes four rules of technical communication: message inversion, audience matching, storytelling and style. (PDF)

Build It Green: Online Green Home Calculator
GreenPoint Rated Green Home Calculator provides an estimate of energy and water use generated by the built components of a California home. The estimate is based on your inputs coupled with data on average Californian homes from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Your results may vary due to operational habits such as leaving on the lights or heat for extended periods. This variability in usage cannot be captured in the calculator's estimates.

CEA BC: Funding Your Community Energy & Climate Change Initiatives
Community Energy Association guide Funding Your Community Energy and Climate Change Initiatives is intended to assist British Columbia local government staff and elected officials find appropriate funding and information to support local government energy planning, efficiency and renewable energy projects. (PDF)

CEA: Community Energy & Emissions Planning Guide
Community Energy Association online Community Energy & Emissions Planning Guide describes the purpose and content of a community energy and emissions plan, its benefits, and how to go about creating one. The guide provides practical tips, examples from BC communities, and links to more detailed information. (PDF)

CEA: Local Government Measures To Reduce Energy Use & GHG Emissions
Community Energy Association report Modelling High-Impact Local Government Measures to Reduce Energy Use and GHG Emissions for New and Existing Buildings in BC's Lower Mainland describes key policy measures and analytical approaches, such as emission inventories and modelling, which can help BC local governments estimate the impact of proposed GHG reduction actions from the Build to Zero initiative. (PDF)

CSA: Environmental Management & Performance
CSA Group is recognized in North America and around the world as a leader in standards development and has been instrumental in developing international environmental management & performance standards for over 30 years.

EPA: Local Climate Action Framework: A Step-By-Step Implementation Guide
US EPA online Local Climate Action Framework: A Step-by-Step Implementation Guide provides step-by-step guidance and resources for local governments to plan, implement, and evaluate climate, energy, and sustainability projects and programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change impacts.

FBC: BC Regional Climate Change Adaptation Collaborative Program
Fraser Basin Council describes the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative program, which is one of a number of similar collaborations across the country within Natural Resource Canadas national program. BC RAC aims to strengthen regional capacity and increase action to advance climate change adaptation planning and implementation in local governments, First Nations governments, and the natural resource sector.

GHG Protocol: Greenhouse Gas Protocol For Cities
The Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories uses a robust and clear framework to establish credible emissions accounting and reporting practices, thereby helping cities develop an emissions baseline, set mitigation goals, create more targeted climate action plans and track progress over time.

HUD: Climate Change & City Hall
US Department of Housing & Urban Development provides links to climate change information, policies and resources for municipalities.

NAHB: Climate Change, Density & Development
US National Association of Home Builders report Climate Change, Density & Development: Better Understanding the Effects of Our Choices, says the assumption that higher density equals fewer GHG emissions is not based in fact. Instead, multiple factors involving density, vehicle miles traveled, market forces, and demographics are what determine the overall impact of land use on climate change. (PDF)

NAHB: High-Density Housing Has Little Impact On Greenhouse Gases
US National Association of Home Builders research shows that creation of higher-density communities is likely to alter travel behavior only modestly and have a similarly modest impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (PDF)

NRCan: Managing Climate Risks: Highlights For Business Leaders
NRCan report Managing Climate Risks: Highlights For Business Leaders explains why acting now to prepare for future climate realities makes good business sense. The report draws from the most up-to-date analysis of climate change impacts, risks and responses across Canadian sectors and highlights approaches and resources to enhance climate resilience. (PDF)

NRTEE: Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate
Canadian National Round Table on Environment and Economy report for companies, Facing the Elements: Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate, sets out practical information, advice, and recommendations on the business case for climate adaptation and how this can positively affect bottom lines. (PDF)

PICS: What Works For Motivating People To Act On Climate Change
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions report describes what works and what doesn't for engaging the public and motivating people to act on climate change solutions. (PDF)

US DOE: Scientists Accidentally Turn CO2 Into Ethanol
US Department of Energy says scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous.
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