Low Carbon Resilience: Best Practices for Professionals – Final Report



Wed, 12/12/2018

ACT is excited to announce the release of the final report and deliverables for our year-long project exploring low carbon resilience (LCR) best practices for professionals.

We also present a joint statement signed by the following national professional associations and endorsed by national municipal climate resources provider, ICLEI Canada, in support of advancing LCR in and across their respective fields:

  • Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA)
  • Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)
  • Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
  • Canadian Water & Wastewater Association (CWWA)

As the 2018 IPCC Special Report makes clear, the need to advance mitigation and adaptation is now more urgent than ever before, and historical standards are no longer adequate to inform future planning. Climate change poses significant risks to all professional reliance models, which increasingly need to include climate change mitigation and adaptation as part of advisory and consulting services. It is therefore crucial to advance an integrated approach while mainstreaming integrated climate action into all planning and decision-making. The integration of the two streams of action (mitigation and adaptation) in research and practice is increasingly referred to as “low carbon resilience” (LCR).

This project focused on the key role professionals play as change agents in climate action, and what is needed for all sectors to advance uptake of LCR-based practices. The case studies, tools and resources presented in this report were developed in consultation with professional representatives across Canada through meetings held in early springand late fall of 2018 – at the local level in BC, with SFU ACT’s Professional Advisory Council (ACTPAC); at the provincial level, with the BC Professional Associations Adaptation Working Group (PAAWG), hosted by the Fraser Basin Council; and with national professional associations in Ottawa, co-hosted with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Groups engaged span a range of professions, including engineering, law, agriculture, energy and utilities, forestry, flood management, accounting, water & wastewater management, real estate, development, policy, planning, health, insurance, architecture, and biology.

Click here to download this report