Resources

The Committee on Climate Adaptation suggests the resources listed below to help guide you through climate science and its application to landscape architecture.

For more information on events about this issue, visit our events calendar.


CSLA and Component Association Publications on Climate Change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A number of resources are also available by geographic region:

Atlantic Provinces - Québec - Ontario - Prairie Provinces - North - British Columbia


Online Community of Practice: Natural and Nature-Based Climate Change Adaptation

A platform for peer-to-peer learning, information exchange and sharing of best practices for natural and nature-based climate change adaptation approaches.

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5 Ways Landscape Architects Can Influence Climate Change

The design community in particular has long thought about sustainable initiatives, energy efficient building, and ways to reuse and adapt buildings and materials. Here are 5 ways landscape architects can influence climate change through sustainable measures.

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How do Landscape Architects Improve the Environment?

Faced with growing social, political and economic concern over the use of natural resources, and the potential effects of a changing climate, there has never been a more important time to ensure that the sustainable use of natural resources is the backbone of design.

Watch the video by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects


Colleen Mercer Clarke Featured on CBC's The Current

Colleen Mercer Clarke, former Chair of the CSLA's Committee on Climate Adaptation, was interviewed by CBC's The Current. 

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Prairie Climate Centre Resources

Climate Atlas of Canada

It combines climate science, mapping and storytelling to bring the global issue of climate change closer to home for Canadians. It is designed to inspire local, regional, and national action that will let us move from risk to resilience. 

Link to the Climate Atlas of Canada

Climate Atlas Guidebook

A guidebook for landscape architects and planners was also developed by the climate atlas team.

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American Society of Landscape Architects Resources

Resilient Solutions for Every Community

The ASLA advocates for legislation that has an impact on climate, and provides examples of projects that can mitigate climate change.

In addition, the recently published Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience offers communities strategies for adapting to global climate change and its impacts on human health and the environment.

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Government of Canada Resources

Canadian Climate Data and Scenarios

The Canadian Climate Data and Scenarios (CCDS) site is an interface for distributing climate change information. Learn more

ClimateData.ca

The Government of Canada is pleased to announce the launch of ClimateData.ca. The primary goal of this site is to increase access to climate data and information to help users better understand and adapt to our changing climate. ClimateData.ca is part of a continuum of climate data portals which aim to fill the needs of several types of climate data users. You can learn more about this continuum at the Canadian Centre for Climate Services websiteLearn more

Natural Resources Canada Resources

Equipping Canadians to adapt to climate change, this site includes data, maps and federal programs. Learn more

The Adaptation to Climate Change program facilitates the development and exchange of information, knowledge, and tools needed to plan and implement practical adaptation measures that increase the climate resilience of Canadian communities and industry. Learn more

In addition, the following report is useful when working with municipalities: Adapting to Climate Change : An Introduction for Canadian MunicipalitiesLearn more

Measuring Progress on Adaptation and Climate Resilience: Recommendations to the Government of Canada

Expert Panel on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Results, Environment and Climate Change Canada. Download the report

climate-lens-general-guidance-2018-05-28.jpgThe Government of Canada Climate Lens: helping plan and build greener, more sustainable infrastructure for Canadians

As part of the Investing in Canada plan, applicants seeking federal funding for new major public infrastructure projects will now be asked to undertake an assessment of how their projects will contribute to or reduce carbon pollution, and to consider climate change risks in the location, design, and planned operation of a project. Read the report

Perspectives on Climate Change Action in Canada—A Collaborative Report from Auditors General — March 2018

Canada’s auditors general found that most governments in Canada were not on track to meet their commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and were not ready for the impacts of a changing climate. On the basis of current federal, provincial, and territorial policies and actions, Canada is not expected to meet its 2020 target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Meeting Canada’s 2030 target will require substantial effort and actions beyond those currently planned or in place. Most Canadian governments have not assessed and, therefore, do not fully understand what risks they face and what actions they should take to adapt to a changing climate. Learn more


Simon Fraser University's Adaptation to Climate Change Team

Professionals’ Best Practices for Low Carbon Resilience: Phase 1

In the spring of 2018, ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team) at SFU hosted a series of three meetings with professionals and professional associations (provincial and national) to engage participants in discussion about the role of professionals and associations in championing and advancing Low Carbon Resilience (LCR) approaches. Learn more

Low Carbon Resilience: Best Practices for Professionals – Final Report

ACT is excited to announce the release of the final report and deliverables for our year-long project exploring low carbon resilience (LCR) best practices for professionals. Learn more


Related Association's Policies and Resources on Climate Change

Canadian Institute of Planners

Policy for Climate Change Planning: The newly launched Climate Change Policy defines the role that planning has in meeting the complex challenges of climate change, and calls planners to action to create communities that are resilient and contribute to climate stability. Read CIP’s full policy on addressing increasingly complex Climate Change issues (context, goals, objectives, and the roles of planners and CIP)

Engineers Canada

Engineers Canada works in partnership with all levels of government, other professions and industry to:

  • research climate change issues
  • understand the impacts of climate change on engineering practice
  • understand the impacts of climate change for engineers
  • propose adjustments to practice with regard to climate change
  • share this knowledge with practising engineers

In addition Engineers Canada developed a risk management approach in partnership with Natural Resources Canada. Learn more

Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA)

In 2016, the CELA gave a CLASS Fund Award to the following website, that provides information about climate change for landscape architects, gardeners, and designers. The foundation for this site is a 2016 survey of landscape architects in Florida where information was gathered about climate change perceptions, information needs, and potential adaptation strategies related to different aspects of design and planning.  Learn more

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives; Local Governments for Sustainability

Guide and Workbook for Municipalities: ICLEI has published Changing Climate, Changing Communities: Guide and Workbook for Municipal Climate Adaptation, by authors: Ewa Jackson, Leya Barry,Nicole Marzok. Learn more

Adaptation Library`The Adaptation Library is a publicly accessible and searchable collection of community, forestry, and energy related adaptation products. The goal of the Library is to connect community and industry users with relevant information related to climate change adaptation in Canada and abroad. Learn more


Resources Developed by Canadian Universities

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) is a regional climate service centre at the University of Victoria that provides practical information on the physical impacts of climate variability and change in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada. They collaborate with climate researchers and regional stakeholders to produce knowledge and tools in support of long-term planning. Learn more

Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo, with funding support from Intact Financial Corp

The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (Intact Centre) is an applied research centre with a national focus within the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. The Intact Centre works with homeowners, communities, governments and businesses to identify, and reduce, the impacts of extreme weather and climate change. Learn more

Federation of Canadian Municipalities 

Partners for Climate Protection: FCM’s focus has been on working with municipalities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through its Partners for Climate Protection program. 

Regional Climate Advisors: environmental experts from across Canada offering one-on-one advice, training and knowledge-sharing activities tailored specifically to provide members of the FCM-ICLEI Partners for Climate Protection program (PCP) with local expertise, resources and support to help municipalities reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program: More recently FCM is focusing on climate adaptation and has launched the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) is a five-year, $75-million program that helps municipalities prepare for, and adapt to, climate change, and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and funded by the Government of Canada, MCIP is available to all municipalities and their partners. Learn more

Climate Adaptation Partner Grants: FCM has provided grants to 12 organizations that will help participating communities of all sizes — from all regions of Canada — adapt to effects of climate change. The funding, known as climate adaptation partner grants, will enable the partner organizations to provide training and guidance on how to adapt to climate change to more than 70 municipalities across Canada. The grants, totaling $2.4 million, are delivered through FCM's Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program and funded by the Government of Canada.

Adaptation Resources: The FCM website includes information about “Adaptation Resources”, including 

-    Local Governments and Adaptation 
-    Local Government Adaptation Strategies 
-    Adaptation Planning Guides 
-    Risk Management and Assessment 
-    Climate Scenarios and Projections 
-    Case Studies 

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New report shows urgent need for climate adaptation investment

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) released, on September 26, striking new data demonstrating the urgent need for new investments in local climate adaptation and the areas where that investment is needed most.  

According to the report's findings, avoiding the worst impacts of climate change at the municipal level will cost an estimated $5.3 billion per year shared amongst all three orders of government. 

Those investments are critical to helping local communities adapt to the changing climate, and to reduce risk from extreme weather.

The report also found that Canada's eastern and northern regions are most in need of adaptation investments with flooding, erosion and melting permafrost posing the greatest risk. Among infrastructure priorities, local buildings, dikes and roads require the most urgent upgrades. 

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Other Recommended Resources

Diana Fernandez - Heterogeneous Futures

"Heterogeneous Futures" is at the nexus of anthropological and ecological biodiversity as a means for creating a more resilient public realm. The work exposes the interconnected relationship between difference in the ecology of the environment, and the social, cultural, and linguistic spatial mechanisms, to imagine and create public spaces that embrace a palimpsest of histories as well as spatial constructs that embrace heterogeneity as a landscape process. 

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Liz Camuti - Un-Checking the Boxes

Requests for Proposals (RFPs) largely define the potential of resiliency projects. Unfortunately, parameters set forth in these documents aren’t usually conducive to input from designers on particular structures and traditions of the communities said projects seek to “assist.” With a specific focus on the Resettlement of Isle de Jean Charles, Liz's work questions: 1) how criteria for a “successful” project might evolve through a different form of RFP, and 2) how designers can adapt their own roles in order to break historical cycles of erasure and control that have shaped environmental history in Louisiana. 

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Video series: Climate resilience and asset management

Understanding and adapting to the impacts of climate change on municipal infrastructure and service delivery requires a dedicated approach and strong leadership. We created this video series to share how municipalities and practitioners across Canada are making climate action a part of their municipal asset management practices and decision-making. 

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Report: National Measures Report 2019

PCP National measures report 2019The 2019 National Measures Report showcases how members of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program are committed to climate action at the local level. 

Over 400 PCP member municipalities across Canada developed 420 projects to reduce GHG emissions, both in municipal operations and in the way energy is used in homes, businesses and transportation. Some of the 10 top reported actions include:

  • Retrofit programs for residential and/or commercial buildings
  • Installation of electric vehicle charging stations for public use
  • Enhancement of walking and cycling infrastructure including sidewalks, multi-purpose trails, bike lanes, paved road shoulders, etc.

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Report: Water management trends in Canadian municipalities

We surveyed senior water managers from urban, suburban and rural settings across Canada about the emerging trends, primary issues and best practices for municipalities. One insight from their responses: municipalities from all over the country are identifying infrastructure vulnerabilities to climate change and see proactive asset management as a top priority. From wastewater treatment to data collection the report provides an important snapshot of where the sector is and where it might be headed.

Read the report


How Thawing Permafrost Is Beginning to Transform the Arctic

The frozen layer of soil that has underlain the Arctic tundra for millennia is now starting to thaw. This thawing, which could release vast amounts of greenhouse gases, is already changing the Arctic landscape by causing landslides, draining lakes, and altering vegetation.

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Why protecting nature makes good business sense

Nature is essential to global economic prosperity and individual business success. We cannot have a sustainable future for people and economies if we do not address nature, climate and people in an integrated way. 

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Landscape Architects Rise to the Climate Crisis

A month of the largest collective climate activist events in history culminates with the launch of the Climate Positive Design Challenge that enables the global landscape architecture profession to take climate action. The Challenge establishes targets for reducing emissions and sequestering carbon in the built environment, with a goal of going ‘beyond neutral’ – sequestering more carbon than emitted and providing a positive contribution towards reversing global warming. The Challenge targets can be met using the web-based app called the Pathfinder, which guides designers on a path towards making their projects Climate Positive.

To take the Challenge, go to www.ClimatePositiveDesign.com 


A Toolkit on Climate Change for Northern Communities

The NWT Association of Communities presents its climate toolkit, which includes the Guide to Climate Change in Your Community.

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Investor interviews on climate disclosure and decision-making: Key findings

Investors recognize that a transition to a low-carbon economy is happening, bringing significant investment opportunities and risks. Are you prepared to respond with the information they need?

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Canada's Changing Climate Report

This report is about how and why Canada’s climate has changed and what changes are projected for the future. Led by Environment and Climate Change Canada, it is the first report to be released as part of Canada in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action.

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Environmental lawyer Margaret Peleso discusses the legal implications of sea level rise, useful to landscape architects

http://americaadapts.org/2018/04/15/you-cant-handle-the-truth-rising-sea-levels-and-the-law/


Changing Climate - Changing Standard of Care

by XL Insurance. Learn more here


Climate Risk Assessment for Ecosystem-based Adaptation

A guidebook for planners and practitioners

Published by:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH


Climate change as a catalyst for implementing adaptive management by the Northern Hardwoods Research Institute (November 2019)

THE TIME FOR ADAPTIVE FOREST MANAGEMENT HAS COME!

WHAT CAN WE DO NOW TO ENSURE OUR FORESTS THRIVE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE?

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, under the more likely business as usual scenario, where humanity continues to emit greenhouse gases at the current rate, we can expect one degree of increase in average annual temperature per decade. By the end of this century we could be experiencing a climate like that of Virginia today. Great news! We can contact the tree nurseries down there, order black cherry, black walnut and loblolly pine and we are all set right? Absolutely not; at least not just yet; the next late spring frost would likely kill the new recruits!

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