In Canada, we are already seeing rising temperatures, shifting rainfall patterns, and increases in certain types of hazardous weather, such as heat waves and winter storms. In the Arctic, rising temperatures are thawing permafrost, reducing the size of alpine glaciers, and shrinking the ocean’s ice cover. The international scientific community has determined that recent changes in many aspects of global climate have been primarily caused by the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and that human activities are a major source of these gases (www.ec.gc.ca/sc-cs/).
Some hospitals are already experiencing impacts on their infrastructure as well an increase in the number of patients seeking medical attention due to climate change impacts. As a result, leading health care facilities are examining their resiliency and adaptation options.
Join our FREE webinar to learn what two of Canada’s most engaged green hospitals are doing to ensure they become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
1. In the Toronto area, Toronto Public Health has determined that the greatest impacts of climate change are extreme heat and rain with a secondary impact of extreme cold. Ed Rubinstein, Director of Environmental Compliance, Energy and Sustainability at University Health Network, will discuss how their facility used the Canadian Health Care Facility Climate Change Resiliency Toolkit, and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
2. In Southern BC, health organizations are using the Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Healthcare Toolkit to assess hospitals’ resilience and develop site-specific plans to get ahead of healthcare service delivery disruptions linked to extreme weather events. Strengthening the resilience of healthcare’s buildings, equipment and operations is viewed as key to addressing the risks and impacts associated with extreme heat and precipitation, droughts and wildfires. In this session, Angie Woo, Lead, Climate Resilience & Adaptation will discuss GreenCare’s in-house initiatives and early lessons learned (https://bcgreencare.ca/).
Call-in information will be sent to registrants the morning of the event.