Day 3

‘Climate change adaptation planning for NL communities: Conne River, case study’ (Neil Dawe, Tract Consulting)

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GM Climate Change Adaption

Abstract:

The Municipal Climate Change Assessment and Adaption Planning presentation will demonstrate how climate change adaption and municipal sustainability goals are integrated, to inform municipal decision-making about municipal infrastructure assets and services. The presentation will identify innovative alternatives to climate change adaption through the utilization of local knowledge, integrated land use planning, sustainable “green” engineering design standards, and climate change expertise to effectively respond to local circumstances and the specific needs of individual municipalities. The successful climate change adaption strategy is a community action strategy for that integrates the triad of: climate change adaption, sustainable “green” planning and asset management. To illustrate the Climate Change Adaption Planning process in action we will be presenting the “The Climate Change Assessment and Adaption Plan”, Miawpukek First Nations (April 2013.) prepared by Tract Consulting Inc.

Bio:

Neil Dawe is President of Tract Consulting, which specializes in planning, design, architecture, engineering and the creation of aesthetically and practically purposeful spaces. Neil has given numerous presentations in Newfoundland and Labrador on his and Tract Consulting’s work, and on Green and sustainable community planning. He has dealt extensively with planning problems and solutions in provincial municipalities and brings a wealth of knowledge from the private sector.

 

‘Advancing adaptation in coastal Newfoundland and Labrador’ (Kimberley Olson, The Climate Change Branch of the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador)

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GMNP Climate Symposium Climate Change MAE Deck- Kim Olsen

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To provide an overview of climate change in Newfoundland and Labrador, and set the context on how local climate change action fits within the broader national context. This will include sharing climate data for Newfoundland and Labrador to demonstrate the impacts of climate change in the province, and highlight the implications for coastal communities in Western Newfoundland, the location of the symposium. The opportunities for municipalities to take action on climate change will be explored, and information on key tools and resources available to support their climate leadership and enhance resilience to the impacts associated with climate change will be provided.

Bio:

Kim Olson works with the Climate Change Office (Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment), as Manager of Planning and Accountability. In this role, Kim is responsible for leading efforts related to climate change adaptation across disciplines and sectors, including with municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to working with the Office, Kim worked as a Regional Engagement Planner with the Provincial Office of Public Engagement (formerly known as the Rural Secretariat), and has over 5 years of experience developing leading public engagement processes, including those related to natural resource conservation and rural development. Kim graduated with a Master’s Degree in Geography from Memorial University, with a focus on conservation and natural resource management. Applying her academic expertise with her experience working with the provincial government, Kim worked as a course instructor in sustainable resources management at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. In addition to working in Newfoundland and Labrador, Kim has international experience with organizations such as the International Secretariat for Water, Ship for World Youth, and Canada World Youth.

 

‘Resilience on the shore: best practice in municipal climate action’ (Samantha Peverill, QUEST Canada)

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PCP Presentation to Gros Morne Symposium – SP

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In the Atlantic region QUEST is working with municipalities to help them take advantage of the benefits of energy management, such as operational cost savings and economic development opportunities. Through the Municipal Energy Learning Group in Nova Scotia, and as the Regional Climate Advisor for FCM-ICLEI’s Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program, QUEST will present success stories and best practices in community energy. Tools that are available to communities and municipal governments such as the FCM Maturity Scales, existing and upcoming funding for both mitigation and adaptation and the benefits of PCP membership will also be discussed. Finally, a there will be sneak peek at the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard, which is being developed to aid communities in benchmarking their progress towards becoming the resilient and future proofed regions that Atlantic Canadians want to live in.

Bio:

Samantha Peverill is the Senior Lead for Atlantic Services at QUEST, which helps develop Smart Energy Communities, with a focus on energy efficiency, enhancing reliability, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while cutting costs. Her role includes providing research, strategic planning, communications and engagement services. Additionally, she has an MSc from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and B. Com, Environment, Social Context of Business from McGill University.