Prevent and Prepare. We must both reduce GHG emissions (mitigation) and plan for resilience to climate change impacts (adaptation).
ASK THE CLIMATE QUESTION. Are your policies and investments reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing climate resilience?
A+M = Adaptation + Mitigation synergies. "Green Resilience" solutions that both cut GHGs and enhance climate resilience can accelerate climate action by attracting funding for both mitigation and adaptation. Integrated climate planning can reduce duplication of efforts, avoid missed efficiency opportunities and prevent building-in future vulnerability.
Taking Action on Green Resilience: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Synergies Findings from a workshop organized by Green Resilience Strategies and the ACT adaptation to climate change team at Simon Fraser University at the 2017 ICLEI Canada Livable Cities Forum in Victoria, BC. The workshop brought together 40 public and private sector climate change practitioners from across Canada with expertise in urban planning, municipal policy, energy systems, buildings, engineering and communication. The report provides examples of green resilience (GR) measures, summarizes key benefits, provides insights on how to identify, fund and implement GR opportunities, and offers recommends on key needs for advancing GR: research, technical assistance and policies. (Click to download, scroll down to read online)
Supported by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.
Ontario Community Emissions Reduction Planning: A Guide for Municipalities. In collaboration with the Sustainability Solutions Group, Green Resilience Strategies prepared this guide with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).
Green Resilience: Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Synergies (CCAP 2014)
Lessons learned on integrated climate change planning based on a 2014 workshop at the 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment Conference. Co-hosted by CCAP and the National Climate Assessment’s network (NCAnet) Adaptation + Mitigation Nexus (AMNex) affinity group, and supported by the Surdna Foundation.
Climate Adaptation & Transportation: Identifying Information and Assistance Needs (CCAP and EESI 2012)
Findings from a workshop funded by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that brought together transportation and climate professionals to identify critical support needs for adapting their practices to climate change.
Expert testimony to US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works: “Transportation’s Role in Climate Change.” July 14, 2009.
US Congress, Staff briefing, “Domestic and International Adaptation Funding.” Co-hosts: Congressmen James McGovern and Donald Payne. May 1, 2009.
Expert testimony to US House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, “Planning Communities for a Changing Climate.” June 18, 2008 (video excerpt below)