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Webinar: Integrated Approaches to Climate Protection

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Session summary

Climate change, energy planning and sustainable communities are all important issues for a municipality to tackle. The key to success is how to get involved while keeping the work manageable, on track and on the political radar screen. This webinar will illustrate how working through the Partners for Climate Protection five milestone framework can serve as a gateway to sustainable communities yet be integrated within current municipal planning priorities. With the use of holistic policies, decision making frameworks and partnerships, municipalities can make more efficient use of scarce resources.

Learn how council in the Town of Stratford led the creation of a sustainability decision making matrix and performance metrics to guide decisions on their new sustainability policy. In the City of Surrey, council established a sustainability charter as their overarching policy document to guide implementation of emissions reduction actions. Municipalities in the Strait-Highlands region opted to pool their limited resources and work collectively through their regional development agency to undertake energy asset mapping and their PCP milestones.


  • John Beaton, Facilitator, Strait Highlands Regional Development Authority, Nova Scotia
  • Mark Allison, Senior Policy Planner, City of Surrey, BC
  • Douglas Deacon, Sustainable Economic Development Coordinator, Town of Stratford, PE



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