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City of Cambridge – Climate Adaptation Plan

We developed a realistic plan of climate adaptation actions that prioritize community services and safety for Cambridge residents.

  • Cambridge, Ontario

    Cambridge, Ontario

Preparing Cambridge for a changing climate

After recent and more frequent extreme weather events, the City of Cambridge recognized the need to prepare their community for a changing climate. In 2018, they secured funding through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to develop a climate adaptation plan.

Stantec has an ongoing relationship with the City for various environmental and greenhouse gas mitigation projects, and our team saw an opportunity to help Cambridge submit a grant application to FCM. We were retained throughout project implementation, facilitating the entire adaptation planning process over a year. This included convening the requisite local and regional stakeholders, liaising with the working committee put forward by the City to champion the plan, and facilitating multiple workshops exploring hazards, risks, and adaptation strategies. Critically, the plan considered what was happening within the Waterloo region, where they were also undertaking a climate action planning process, and thus focused attention on realistic actions that could be grounded in existing departments and policies.

The resulting plan demonstrated a strong community identity, realistic timelines, and an easily digestible summary of a complex process. The key themes were neighborhood flooding, built environment, infrastructure resiliency, natural environment, and community resiliency, and the plan supported the City in their application to FCM for further funding for a climate action coordinator position within their government.  

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Shane O'Hanlon, Sustainability Consultant

Because of climate change, we must develop a safer, healthier society—one that protects people and the planet.

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