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Learn about local climate change impacts at Port Moody Climate Change Dialogue March 6
Posted Date: February 25, 2019

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How is global climate change affecting Port Moody and how can our community respond and adapt? The City of Port Moody and the Port Moody Public Library invite you to join a conversation with local experts at the Climate Change Dialogue at Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Drive) on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 7 to 8:30pm.

“Regionally and locally, we’re already experiencing the effects of climate change, with most of our recent years being the hottest ever recorded by human beings,” says Mayor Rob Vagramov.

The Climate Change Dialogue will focus on topics such as understanding the Port Moody climate context, reducing our carbon footprint, and creating urban climate resiliency. Join us to hear from, and talk with, the following local experts:

  • Christine Callihoo, Senior Land Use and Community Planner, Resilience Environmental Solutions;
  • Ralph Wells, Community Energy Manager, University of British Columbia; and
  • Laura Sampliner, Sustainability and Energy Coordinator, City of Port Moody.

Please call the Port Moody Public Library at 604-469-4577 to register for this free event.

The City of Port Moody is launching a public consultation process that will inform the development of a Climate Action Plan – a community-wide strategy to help the City and its residents adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to warming of the Earth. The Climate Change Dialogue will kick off this process, and the City will keep the conversation going throughout 2019 with a variety of opportunities to provide input. Visit portmoody.ca/climateaction to learn more about how you can get involved.

Speaker bios:

Christine Callihoo is a Registered Professional Planner with more than 20 years of experience in a diverse range of areas including land use and community planning, community-based climate change mitigation and adaptation planning, and integrated asset management planning. With a focus on meaningful engagement, Callihoo brings a climate lens to all projects to increase community resiliency and adaptive capacity. Her experience includes co-development of climate change adaptation plans for communities in Canada’s Arctic and on the west coast.

Ralph Wells is the Community Energy Manager for the University of British Columbia. He is responsible for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in UBC’s residential neighbourhoods, as well as helping to define a regenerative vision for neighbourhood development. Previously, Wells was the Sustainability Manager for the University Neighbourhoods Association, where he worked in co-ordination with UBC on the development of a Community Energy and Emissions Plan.

Laura Sampliner is the Sustainability and Energy Coordinator for the City of Port Moody. Before joining the City in 2018, Sampliner held similar roles with a variety of municipalities and private sector companies in B.C. and Ontario. Sampliner is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate and a graduate of the Environment and Business program at the University of Waterloo. Sampliner has a diverse set of skills related to climate policy, environmental protection, energy management, and community climate change planning.