UBC will launch a degree program to educate students about climate-proofing cities

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      UBC researcher Stephen Sheppard has long championed the need for Lower Mainland municipalities to adapt to climate change.

      The professor of landscape architecture and forestry has done tremendous work educating planners about the potential impact of rising sea levels on low-lying areas, particularly in Delta and Richmond.

      Changes to the snowpack caused by rising temperatures will also have a profound impact.

      Now, UBC students can obtain degree on climate-proofing cities.

      Sheppard is overseeing the program, which will focus on urban ecology, designing greenspaces, and governance, among other topics.

      It will be officially launched on Friday (September 25) with an event called "Beyond the Inferno" at UBC's Forest Science Centre.

      It's a free, family-friendly event running from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., kicking off with a demonstration by a rap-attack crew from the B.C. Wildfire Service.

      That will be followed by a two-hour dialogue of experts, including Sheppard, on forest fires and climate change. It will wind up with a reception including various dignitaries, including Coun. Andrea Reimer.