"The book provides municipal decision-makers and staff with information to help them understand the need for climate change adaptation and how to put adaptation measures in place. It includes 11 case studies that illustrate how municipalities of varying sizes from across the country are taking adaptation action now," states Robert Hicks.
"Designing with nature captures the essence of climate change adaptation. Adaptation is about responding to the changes that will inevitably occur. Adaptation is at the community level and is therefore about collaboration. Rainwater management is at the heart of designing with nature," stated John Slater.
"Climate change significantly raises the risk of rain-generated floods and infrastructure failure. To maintain current levels of service, drainage infrastructure will need to be modified and upgraded," says Chris Jensen.
"Green infrastructure is a fiscally responsible and environmentally sustainable answer to today’s water challenges. It manages rainwater by treating it like a resource – and it works with nature, rather than against it," writes Gart Belan.
“We have committed to creating a unique and dynamic, "energy-smart" community and the Upper Gibsons Geo-exchange Utility is just one example of how we will achieve this objective. The Town truly appreciates the recognition that the honour of receiving CEA's award provides," stated Barry Janyk.
When the Township of Langley hosted the second event in "Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation in Metro Vancouver: The 2007 Series", Ryan Schmidt reported out on the Township's five milestones for implementing its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan.
In 2006, the Township adopted a Corporate Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, making it one of the first municipalities in the Metro Vancouver region to do so. The Township hopes to assume a leadership role within the Partners for Climate Protection Program.
In 2002, the Regional District of Nanaimo and the City of Nanaimo joined the Partners for Climate Change Program. This innovative program to address climate change at the local level is led by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives-Local Governments for Sustainability.
A scenario comparison tool to assess green infrastructure effectiveness, achieve a lighter 'water footprint' and protect stream health. Learn More
The Water Conservation Calculator illustrates how specific water conservation measures can yield both fiscal and physical water savings for communities. Learn More
This Landscape Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses real-time daily evapotranspiration (ET) rates determined from climate stations located within British Columbia. Learn More
This Agricultural Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses real-time daily evapotranspiration (ET) rates determined from climate stations located within British Columbia. Learn More
The BC Agriculture Water Calculator enables water licensing for all irrigation purposes, whether agricultural or landscape. All non-domestic users of groundwater in BC are required to obtain a licence. Learn More