The Meeting the Climate Change Challenge (MC3) project held its first Peer Learning Exchange at Royal Roads University on January 13th, 2013, bringing over forty climate leaders and champions together to exchange information about the drivers of climate action and innovation in BC. Municipal staff from leading communities and second wave communities, along with regional and provincial government staff, non-governmental organizations, private consultants and pre-eminent scholars, together, explored how communities are seizing opportunities and overcoming constraints to fulfill climate change objectives. The group will explore unique policy, technical, institutional and social climate innovations occurring across the province, exchange effective tools for encouraging climate action and share lessons with a mobilizing community of practice.
11:00am to 11:10am - Welcome by Professor Ann Dale, Principal Investigator
11:10am to 11:40am - MC3 Panel: What did we learn?
Ann Dale (Moderator)
Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development, School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University
Prof. John Robinson
Associate Vice Provost, Sustainability, Centre for Interactive Research for Sustainability, University of British Columbia
Dr. Meg Holden
Associate Professor, Urban Studies, Department of Environment, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Sarah Burch
Banting Scholar | Research Associate, Centre for Interactive Research for Sustainability, University of British Columbia
Dr. Alison Shaw
MC3 Research Manager | Associate, School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University
Dr. Chris Ling
NMAP Co-investigator & Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University
11:40am to 12:25pm - Policy Roundtables
Pre-assigned round tables to exchange and prioritize top 3 climate innovations in the province (including policy, organizational, technological, financial and social innovations).
1:00pm to 1:40pm - Panel on Tools, Techniques and Innovations
Smart Tools for Climate Action: Ben Finkelstein
Manager, Green Communities, Climate Action Secretariat
Financial Planning Instruments: Isabel Gordon
Director of Finance, City of North Vancouver
Visualization Techniques: Dr. Stephen Sheppard
Professor | Director of Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Visualizations, University of British Columbia
1:40pm to 3:00pm - Learning Exchange: Nuggets of Gold
Each round table identifies one leading climate innovation that reduces emissions and builds local resilience, and discusses the following questions for reporting back:
- What was the key driver that made it work?
- What was a barrier that needed to be overcome?
- What is your innovative solution or policy change recommendation that emerges from this example?
3:00pm to 3:30pm - Roundtables Reporting Back
3:30pm to 3:45pm - Concluding Remarks