Local governments are taking action on climate change, but we all need to do more. We recognize that it takes the actions of many to accelerate our response on climate change -- to both prepare for and adapt to the changes we won't avoid, and to lower our GHG emissions. This website provides just some examples of community initiatives in this region and further around the world.

Local Initiatives

  • City of Vancouver’s Climate Adaptation Strategy
    Learn how Vancouver’s is implementing an Integrated Stormwater Management Plan, completing a coastal fold risk assessment and separating combined sewers.
  • City of Surrey’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
    See how Surrey is taking several steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a more resilient community in the face of climate change.
  • Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy
    The Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy (LMFMS) is aimed at reducing flood risk and improving the flood resilience of communities along BC's lower Fraser River and south coast — from Hope to Richmond and from Squamish to White Rock. The LMFMS is an opportunity for decision-makers to work collaboratively on flood management.
  • The Economic Impacts of the Weather Effects of Climate Change on Communities
    Green Analytics and the Ontario Centre for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Resources were commissioned by the Insurance Bureau of Canada, with support from Natural Resources Canada, to conduct a study on the economic impacts of climate-related extreme events on communities in Canada.
  • Municipal Risk Assessment Tool
    The Insurance Bureau of Canada developed a ground-breaking technology known as the municipal risk assessment tool, or MRAT to help municipalities assess the impact of climate change on their sewer and stormwater infrastructure.


National and Global Initiatives

  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 9
    Sustainable Development Goal 9 is to "Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation."
  • The Climate Registry
    The Climate Registry (TCR) is a non-profit organization governed by US states and Canadian provinces and territories. TCR designs and operates voluntary and compliance greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting programs globally, and assists organizations in measuring, reporting and verifying the carbon in their operations in order to manage and reduce it. TCR also builds GHG MRV capacity in sub-national and national governments, and is spearheading innovative new projects such as the National Energy Efficiency Registry (NEERegistry.org) and water-energy GHG guidance. Find out more at www.theclimateregistry.org, where a list of recent award recipients identifies the breadth of industry-led initiatives, largely focused on reducing emissions.
  • Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
    The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to forge practical solutions to climate change. Their mission is to advance strong policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy, and strengthen resilience to climate impacts.
  • Federal Climate-Resilient Buildings and Core Public Infrastructure Initiative
    National Research Council Canada (NRC) is integrating climate resiliency into building and infrastructure design, guides, and codes. Canada's buildings and public infrastructure systems (bridges, roads, water and wastewater systems, energy transmission and transit) are guided by codes and standards based on historical data. This has resulted in assets that have not been designed to withstand the extreme weather events we are currently seeing, let alone the future impacts of climate change.