City Participating in Resilient Communities

Charlottetown Participating in Resilient Communities Project
Posted on 03/05/2019
The City of Charlottetown, along with five other municipalities across Canada, is participating in a project focused on helping municipalities adapt to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events and plan for community resiliency, with an added focus on energy reliability.

The Municipalities and Utilities Partnering for Community Resilience initiative, led by QUEST, gives Charlottetown the opportunity to participate in a Community Resiliency Workshop, and tabletop exercises, the results of which will be used in the development of risk reduction/adaptation recommendations.

The first session, taking place this week, will gather local knowledge to assess the city’s strengths and vulnerabilities, including the resiliency of various utilities.

“Just like municipalities all across Canada, we are faced with challenges relating to climate change and we want to reduce the risks associated with flooding and extreme weather, including potential impacts on water and wastewater systems, transportation systems, energy systems and emergency response capabilities,” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “We’re thrilled to be part of QUEST’s project and look forward to the sessions and the results.”

QUEST’s initiative is funded by Natural Resources Canada as part of Canada’s Climate Change Adaptation Platform. It is designed to assist participating municipalities and utilities (gas, electric, thermal, and water) in exploring how to align and integrate their respective processes for adaptation and resilience planning.

QUEST is best known for its work to advance Smart Energy Communities in Canada, which not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) but also help improve resilience at a local level. Smart Energy Communities, for example, plan energy services and infrastructure in a way that mitigates risk (of failure) from flood events, ice storms, etc., while providing ancillary power and heat in communities during prolonged power outages, which could help prevent outages altogether.

“Understanding climate risks and vulnerabilities is key to planning for safer, healthier, and more resilient communities,” said Eddie Oldfield, QUEST’s Senior Lead, Projects and Advisory Services. “QUEST’s resilience workshop engages municipal staff, elected officials, and key community stakeholders using an interactive approach to increase understanding of climate risks and vulnerabilities, identify local strengths and weaknesses, and determine suitable adaptation and resilience measures, with an additional focus on the cumulative risk of interruptions in energy supply. The tabletop mapping exercise enables participants to take an integrated, systems-thinking approach to resilience planning.”

For more information on QUEST and Municipalities and Utilities Partnering for Community Resilience, visit: www.questcanada.org