Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS)?
What is PICS’ mandate?
To produce leading climate solutions research that is actively used by decision-makers to develop effective mitigation and adaptation policies and actions. PICS has a global remit, but a focus on BC.
What is PICS’ relationship with the University of Victoria, and how is it governed?
How is PICS funded?
How is PICS supporting students at the other three PICS partner universities?
What is the Climate Solutions Navigator?
Who created the Climate Solutions Toolkit?
The Climate Solutions Toolkit was created and hosted as part of a new student engagement initiative by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) at UVic in partnership with and with content support (especially the research and faculty inventories) provided by the Climate Solutions Navigator (CSN) initiative UVic.
Why did we create the Climate Solutions Toolkit?
How were the toolkit listed assets (courses, clubs, researchers) at UVic selected for inclusion?
Our objective was to identify as many UVic assets as possible that are helping to address the climate challenge in different ways, including how we understand climate change and identify with it. By systematically reviewing information available on different UVic department webpages, faculty profiles, and course lists we selected for assets relating to climate solutions, climate science, or climate awareness. This did involve some judgement calls based on the information available during this desktop exercise and we hope to refine this information and ideally include more filters over time. Also, because there are fewer student clubs with an explicit climate focus, we opted in this case to also highlight environmental clubs on campus.
How do PICS and the CSN define "climate solutions"?
Policies and actions aimed at either reducing greenhouse gas emissions or adapting to a changing climate.