Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

PICS is hosted and led by the University of Victoria in collaboration with the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Northern British Columbia.

The Pacific Institure for Climate Solutions (PICS) established in 2008 by an endowment from the BC government,  partners with governments, the private sector, researchers and civil society in order to undertake research on, monitor and assess the potential impacts of climate change, and evaluate, develop and promote viable mitigation and adaptation options to better inform climate change options and actions.

PICS has released its new strategic plan 2017-2022.  The PICS strategic plan was developed based on input from wide consultations.  This five-year plan builds on the intitute's core competencies and sets the strategic research approach and governance direction for PICS.


PICS shares a global vision of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century alongside all communities adapting to a changing climate.


To produce leading climate solutions research that is actively used by decisionmakers to develop effective mitigation and adaptation policies and actions. PICS has a global remit, but a focus on BC.


The Institute's main objectives are:

  • Advance the global knowledge base on climate change solutions.
  • Develop effective climate mitigation and adaptation solution options that are actively used by policy and decision-makers. 
  • Foster partnerships and networks that build capacity in addressing climate change. 
  • Promote an interdisciplinary approach to climate solutions. 
  • Communicate and inspire engagement on climate solution options by government, business and the general public.
PICS carries out research, education and outreach programs:

PICS current research areas 


PICS New Research Engagement Program

Co-designed, co-developed, co-delivered research

PICS is a catalyst for generating climate change solutions. We support an approach to research that defines meaningful activities focused on partnerships and engagement, helping solution seekers become effective solution makers, from question to collaboration, and idea to action.

The PICS collaborative model relies on three kinds of contributing partners to co-design and co-implement climate solutions:

Solution Partners bring practical, domain knowledge and experience. They play a required role in identifying and framing the problem, developing solutions and supporting the application of results. This includes providing the resources such as data or intellectual capital and/or human resources to help transform theory to action. Solution Partners may be based in private sector or in government, and they are generally not part of the academic community.

Research Partners bring theoretical knowledge and experience, research skills and academic excellence to the project in order to produce new knowledge and support social, technical and institutional innovations in climate solutions.

The PICS Partner is a knowledge broker that supports relationships and networks; provides training and financial support. We help connect the right complement of partners and we are a catalyst for action, engagement and communication to help realize and ensure valuable outcomes and impacts.

To learn more please visit the PICS website at




PICS is governed by an executive committee appointed by the University of Victoria, a Program Committee comprising researchers from the four partner universities (UVic, UBC, UNBC and SFU) and representatives from the provincial Climate Action Secretariat (CAS) and the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis of Environment Canada.  An external advisory board comprising representatives from the public, private and non-profit sectors contributes advice to the Institute.   For details visit the PICS website.


The PICS Program Committee currently comprises 11 members, and is chaired by the Executive Director of the Institute,  Dr. Sybil Seitzinger.      The committee oversees the Institute’s program of activities based on the PICS Strategic Research Plan.  Currently, two SFU faculty members sit on the Committee.

Dr. Meg Holden, Associate Professor, Urban Studies and Geography.

Dr. Kirsten Zickfeld, Associate Professor, Department of Geography.

Former members

Dr. Stephanie Bertels, Associate Professor, Beedie School of Business.

Dr. Tim Takaro, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences.

Dr Diana Allen, Professor, Department of Earth Science, Faculty of Science.

Dr. Nancy Olewiler, Director and Professor, School of Public Policy.



Nastenka Calle Delgado is the PICS Program Manager at SFU.  Nastenka has a Master of Sciences in Environmental Health Sciences, specialization in Environmental Quality, from the University of South Carolina (Columbia, USA), and a Master of Sciences in Environmental Engineering, from the University of New Orleans (New Orleans, USA). She obtained her bachelor degree in Geological Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Ecuador.

Her professional strengths and areas of knowledge are focused on air and water quality, environmental planning, environmental auditing, environmental impact assessment, GIS and environmental modeling, hydrology and waste management, and environmental management system implementation.

Her current interests are in environmental education and community engagement on topics related to climate change and climate change mitigation and adaptations solutions.

For general inquiries about PICS, its programs and fellowships, contact Nastenka at or by phone at 778-782-8834.