Community gets help pursuing climate change goals

Summerland to receive funding, training for climate change and asset management practices

The District of Summerland has been granted $52,000 to develop the community’s asset management strategy to align with current climate change goals.

The funding comes from the federal government, through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Through FCM’s Climate and Asset Management Network, Summerland is joining eighteen communities from across Canada taking part in a two-year initiative that 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.

“We are excited to have been selected to participate in the Climate Asset Management Network, which we know will be of great benefit to our community, said Mayor Peter Waterman. “Our Asset Management strategy will be made stronger by including climate change considerations right from the start as this will allow us to plan for the future based on the changing needs of our infrastructure due to extreme weather events. We are also looking forward to doing our part to mitigate climate change and save our 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, communities of all sizes can provide greater environmental, economic and social value for Canadians over the long term.

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