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Municipalities team up to tackle climate change

By Andrew Macklin 03:28PM December 04, 2017

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The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced the participants in the Climate and Asset Management Network (CAMN). For the network’s next two-year cycle, 19 communities from across Canada will take an active role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the potential effects of climate change by using cutting-edge strategies to manage their assets more efficiently and sustainably.

Participating communities will strengthen their asset management capacity by collaborating and sharing knowledge with a network of peers working toward similar goals. Each network member will develop or refresh an asset management policy or strategy to align with their community’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change.

CAMN offers peer-learning opportunities, training, and $1.6 million in grant funding to help Canadian municipalities integrate climate change and sustainability goals systematically into decision-making about infrastructure assets, such as roads, buildings, and water and sanitation systems.

By embedding climate goals into their asset management planning, communities of all sizes can provide greater environmental, economic and social value for Canadians over the long term.

Participating communities:

Alberta – County of Grande Prairie No. 1, City of Wetaskiwin
British Columbia – Capital Regional District, Cowichan Valley Regional District, City of New Westminster, District of North Vancouver, City of Prince George, District of Summerland
Manitoba – City of Selkirk
New Brunswick – City of Saint John
Newfoundland & Labrador – City of Corner Brook
Northwest Territories – City of Yellowknife
Ontario – City of Guelph, Town of Halton Hills, City of Kenora, City of Kitchener, City of Toronto, City of Thunder Bay
Saskatchewan – City of Saskatoon

“Canadian municipalities are fighting climate change with innovative local solutions,” said FCM President Jenny Gerbasi. “And working together to share information and results will help them design even more successful initiatives in the future. Tapping into this local expertise and scaling up these local solutions across the country is vital to meeting Canada’s national climate goals.”

CAMN is available through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada. The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a five-year, $75-million program designed to support and encourage Canadian municipalities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.

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