Phase 1 – Prepare

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PHASE 1:

Prepare

The first phase of work seeks to ensure all participants understand the benefits of the LCR approach. These benefits include streamlining planning, immediate cost savings, avoided future costs, and cobenefits across departments and workplans. This work also aims to solidify the reality that improving community resilience and reducing emissions are not something for the “nice to have” list. Rather, they are fundamental to reducing both policy and project risk and extending investment and infrastructure life cycle.

The first phase of work seeks to ensure all participants understand the benefits of the LCR approach. These benefits include streamlining planning, immediate cost savings, avoided future costs, and cobenefits across departments and workplans. This work also aims to solidify the reality that improving community resilience and reducing emissions are not something for the “nice to have” list. Rather, they are fundamental to reducing both policy and project risk and extending investment and infrastructure life cycle.

The first phase of work seeks to ensure all participants understand the benefits of the LCR approach. These benefits include streamlining planning, immediate cost savings, avoided future costs, and cobenefits across departments and workplans. This work also aims to solidify the reality that improving community resilience and reducing emissions are not something for the “nice to have” list. Rather, they are fundamental to reducing both policy and project risk and extending investment and infrastructure life cycle.

Step 1: Become an effective LCR Champion (page XX)

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Step 2: Take stock of the climate action landscape

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Step 3: Identify data gaps and LCR entry points

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Step 4: Identify resource requirements

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Milestones

For communities following ICLEI Canada’s Building Adaptive Resilient Communities (BARC) Framework, this Phase aligns with Milestone 1.

Resources

Tools:

  • LCR Co-benefits Tool

Snapshots:

  • ICABCCI Partner Community Profiles: Climate Action and
  • Key LCR Opportunities
  • LCR Opportunities in Local Governments: Survey Results Briefing Note

Reports:

  • LCR Interventions: Case Studies at the Building, Neighbourhood, and Community Level

Community Call Out

Case Study

Rounding Out the Picture in the City of Nelson

The City of Nelson, British Columbia, has long been a climate action leader—with a marked emphasis on mitigation. The city has committed to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050. As an LCR Champion, climate change coordinator Kate Letizia pursued an integrated plan that would build adaptation alongside mitigation updates.

To begin, Letizia took stock of the city’s extensive climate work, documenting relevant policies, plans, programs, and projects. She specifically identified areas related to either adaptation and/or mitigation strategies, but also expanded to areas of relevance such as emergency management and community health planning for instance. This landscape assessment highlighted areas where current climate action resides in the city, areas where it needs to, potential LCR linkages, and key data gaps. The assessment helped her frame up important conversations with staff across the organization, generating interest and participation.

At the first LCR workshop, Letizia presented the assessment as a “stocktaking” review of climate-related work and used it in a small group exercise in which facilitators asked participants to brainstorm critical gaps and potential LCR opportunities. The goal for the City of Nelson’s LCR Plan was to outline opportunities that could elevate climate action and mobilize even bigger climate wins for the city.

In Appendix 2 we provide an example of the spreadsheet used in this process, and a link to a sample sheet for your use.