Resources & Publications

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Framework for Collaborative Action on Health & Climate Change

This User Guide and Framework is intended to support users (you!) to better understand the connections between health and climate change, and enable collaboration and aligned action to address these challenges effectively across sectors. It is a map of key issues, and a set of resources, to provoke thinking about what matters and to help you outline priorities and steps to move this forward, together. It may be used by people in a range of positions, organizations and professions, to advance planning and action to address these issues.

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Professionals’ Best Practices for Low Carbon Resilience: Summary of Phase One Engagement of Professionals and Professional Associations and Proposed Research Agenda

Typically, climate change mitigation and adaptation have been addressed separately; however, integrating them through low carbon resilience (LCR) measures can be more effective and has many potential benefits. In the spring of 2018, SHIFT provided facilitation and advisory support to ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team) at SFU, to host an initial series of cross-disciplinary meetings with professionals and professional associations (provincial and national) to discuss their roles in championing and advancing LCR approaches. Participants explored demands faced by their different professions when integrating LCR into their areas of work, and the opportunities and challenges for provincial and national associations to play a role in advancing LCR. This report synthesizes themes and findings from this initial phase of engagement and outlines priority actions that ACT will advance to move to the next phase of this work.

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Guide to Organizing Community Dialogue on Healthy Drinking

As a support to Community Action Initiative’s Community Dialogue granting program, Stacy Barter wrote and produced this Guide to Organizing Community Dialogue on Healthy Drinking. The guide outlines key considerations for hosting a successful dialogue across diverse stakeholders, as well as resources to learn more.

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Resilient Streets Toolkit: The How-to Guide for Building Community

This toolkit was designed to help you and your neighbours start making your building, street or block more resilient with some fun, hands-on projects. It deliberately suggests projects that can be done by small groups of people with few resources, because finding creative ways to do lots with little is a big part of what resilience is all about. Co-authors Stacy Barter and Michelle Colussi (with Rob Wipond).

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Building Resilient Neighbourhoods: Four Years of Learnings 2012-2016

Our complete report on what we accomplished and learned alongside all of our co-collaborators over the first four years of our resilience work in the Capital Region. Co-authors Stacy Barter and Michelle Colussi (with Rob Wipond).

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Characteristics of a Resilient Community or Neighbourhood – A Checklist

This checklist framework helps locate the level of resilience capacity that exists in a neighbourhood or community. It can be used as a citizen questionnaire, to promote discussion in focus groups, or as a guide for conducting a formalized community resilience study and assessment. Co-authors Stacy Barter and Michelle Colussi (with Rob Wipond).

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Strengthening Neighbourhood Resilience: Opportunities for Communities and Local Governments

This report highlights some of the research and approaches that have been explored and the lessons that have been emerging during the beginning phases of the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods project. Co-authors Stacy Barter and Michelle Colussi (with Rob Wipond).

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Regional Agriculture Adaptation Plans: Delta, Cowichan, Peace Region (2013) and Cariboo Region (2014)

Based on recommendations from the BC Agriculture Climate Change Risk and Opportunity Assessment, regional agriculture adaptation plans have been developed across BC. Erica was the lead planner and facilitator for four of these plans, which have led to numerous projects being implemented in each of the regions. Each plan was developed by working closely with a local steering committee, which included local & regional government, provincial government, agricultural producers and associations. A series of 2-3 regional workshops was developed and hosted in each region, bringing together local stakeholders to explore the local climate change impacts and develop regional actions and an implementation strategy.

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Health Authority Perceptions & Capacity for Action: Health Impacts of Climate Change in BC

A 2013 survey conducted by Stacy Barter and Kerri Klein on behalf of BC Healthy Communities, in partnership with the BC Ministry of Environment’s Climate Action Secretariat and the BC Ministry of Health, investigated how BC health authorities perceive and integrate the health effects of climate change in their work.

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BC Agriculture Climate Change Risk & Opportunity Assessment (2012

Erica Crawford was the lead researcher, planner and facilitator for the province-wide risk and opportunity assessment. The project aimed to build awareness and capacity within the sector to enhance resilience to climate change, as well as developing a baseline assessment of risks and vulnerabilities and opportunities for agricultural resilience in BC. A policy paper based on this work, Strengthening BC Agriculture in the Face of Climate Change, was published by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions in 2013, and gained national media attention (

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Building Healthy Communities at the Intersection of Chronic Disease Prevention and Climate Change

This 2011 paper by Stacy Barter and Kerri Klein on behalf of BC Healthy Communities outlines four strategic opportunities to  take a “joined up” approach in addressing  the intersection of some of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change, social inequities and rising rates of chronic disease.

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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer

The Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer, commissioned by the BC Ministry of Environment and led by The Arlington Group, outlined local government tools for adaptation to the impacts of sea level rise. The Primer is a nationally relevant document and explores both the legislative and policy tools available to local government decision-makers, to adapt to sea level rise. Erica provided the design and facilitation of local government engagement sessions and contributed to recommendations.

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Canadian Communities Guidebook for Adaptation to Climate Change (2008)

Produced in 2008, the “Canadian Communities’ Guidebook for Adaptation to Climate Change” was one of the first resources designed specifically to support local government adaptation to climate change. Erica contributed some of the practical tools in the guide, taking an applied perspective on the needs of community planners.

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CRM Manual & Workbook, BC Centre for Community Enterprise

Colussi, Michelle, Lewis, Michael, Rowcliffe, Philippa. “Community Resilience Manual; A Resource for Rural Recovery and Renewal”. Port Alberni, B.C. Centre for Community Enterprise, 2000.

The Community Resilience Manual was developed as a result of an applied research project in BC that explored why some rural communities thrive and others falter in the face of economic or other significant threats. The resilience model that resulted provides ways to engage citizens in assessing, prioritizing and strengthening 23 characteristics of resilient communities organized around four domains: people, organizations, community process and use of resources.

In 2001, the National Round Table on the Economy and the Environment selected the Community Resilience Manual as one of the seven leading indicator based tools in North America and it has been used and adapted by organizations around the world including the Government of Botswana, various Government departments in Australia and as the basis for the Resilient Neighbourhoods work that SHIFT is doing in Victoria.

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Indicators at Work

Colussi, Michelle, “Indicators at Work“, Making Waves, 2003

As two outstanding U.S. projects demonstrate (one from the neighbourhood level up—the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership—and the other from the state level down, the Oregon Benchmarks), five tasks are crucial at whatever scale you intend to apply indicators.

This article shares two initiatives from the US (National Neighbourhood Indicator Project and Oregon Benchmarks) that illustrate innovation in the use of indicators and data as tools for learning and change.

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