Low Carbon Resilience: Best Practices for Professionals – Final Report

This report focuses on the key role professionals play as change agents in climate action, and illustrates best practices for planning and implementation of LCR.

Communities and businesses rely on professional planners, engineers, developers, lawyers, and other experts for guidance, design, development, implementation, operations, maintenance and replacement of all aspects of society’s systems.

ACT worked to collaborate with professionals across sectors to advance awareness of LCR and identify practical applications at a variety of scales. The case studies, tools and resources presented in this report were developed in consultation with professional representatives across Canada through meetings held in early spring and late fall of 2018 – at the local level in BC, with SFU ACT’s Professional Advisory Council (ACTPAC), made up of senior practitioners; at the provincial level, with the BC Professional Associations Adaptation Working Group (PAAWG), hosted by the Fraser Basin Council; and with a diversity of national professional associations co-hosted in Ottawa with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Membership of these groups spans a range of professions engaged in climate change adaptation and mitigation practice, including engineering, law, agriculture, energy and utilities, forestry, flood management, accounting, water & wastewater management, real estate, development, policy, planning, health, insurance, architecture, and biology.

The first set of meetings identified key LCR needs and interest areas and formed the basis for development of the deliverables in this report. Results were presented at a second series of meetings in late fall that were designed to elicit feed- back and provide insights on next steps.

Resources requested by the professional groups and presented here (see links below) include: 1) a briefing note on LCR, 2) a conceptual model and diagram plus considerations illustrating aspects of the core LCR approach, 3) examples of how LCR might be mainstreamed into tools in common usage by professionals (Official Community Plans (OCPs)/Comprehensive Community Plans (CCPs) and the BC Energy Step Code), 4) case study examples of LCR in practice (a municipal action plan, a green infrastructure project, and a building design), 5) insights into needs and possibilities for training and continuing professional development (CPD), and 6) the foundation for a database or hub through which professionals can access key LCR-related tools and resources.

The professional groups also expressed the need for cross-sectoral collaboration and support. The BC PAAWG offers an excellent example of such collaboration in action. Members of the project team developed a joint statement for the national professional associations, modeled on one previously developed by the PAAWG, expressing intent to collaborate on advancing LCR. Several professional associations have signed this statement and will be developing LCR resources and tools for their members. All groups expressed interest in continuing the dialogue on LCR.

ACT will continue to help facilitate discussions with professional associations while advocating for leadership and ownership by professional associations on how LCR can be advanced within their areas of expertise. ACT will also continue to work to build LCR content for CPD purposes, policy analysis on LCR implementation and jurisdictional harmonization, and further case studies, cost-benefit analyses, communications tools, and other resources illustrating the potential for application of LCR in local governments, which are a principal client for many practitioners.

 

Low Carbon Resilience: Best Practices for Professionals – Final Report

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Key project deliverables