Published On: Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Summerland Funded for Climate Change Mitigation

Summerland Funded for Climate Change Mitigation
Summerland is preparing to mitigate the impacts of climate change through participation in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Climate and Asset Management Network.

SUMMERLAND - The District of Summerland has been granted $52,000 in funding from the Government of Canada, through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), to develop the community’s asset management strategy to match current climate change goals.

Through FCM’s Climate and Asset Management Network (CAMN), the District of Summerland will join eighteen communities from across Canada taking part in a two-year initiative.

The initiative combines peer-learning opportunities, training, and 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.

Summerland Mayor Peter Waterman said the community is excited to have been selected to participate in the Climate Asset Management Network.

Including climate change considerations at the outset will make Summerland's asset management strategy stronger and benefit the community, Waterman added. Summerland will be able to plan for the future based on extreme weather events changing the needs of infrastructure.

Waterman says the community is also looking forward to mitigating climate change and saving residents money by purposefully purchasing and building more energy efficient and sustainably-made products and buildings.

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

CAMN is available through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.