The City of Terrace has developed a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to enhance the City’s ability to adapt to climate-related risks and vulnerabilities. This plan charts a path for the City of Terrace towards resilient, low-carbon operations by identifying key actions the City can take to reduce emissions and respond to key climate risks.
This project involved obtaining locally specific climate information that describes the specific changes in the region’s climate that the City is predicted to experience in the future. Input from a community engagement survey was combined with key climate impacts identified from this climate data to provide the basis for a risk and vulnerability assessment. Through this process, areas were identified where the City’s vulnerability to climate is high, and the associated risks are significant. In response to these risks, priority actions have been identified in the CAP to advance action and climate resilience across the City.
The CAP benefits from a history of climate action led by the City of Terrace. The City’s 2009 Sustainability Strategy described a community future where Terrace prospers through access to sustainable industries and the ingenuity of its citizens.
When adopting the Sustainability strategy, Council established the directive to complete an assessment and development of a climate adaptation strategy and establish plans to guide municipal actions relating to infrastructure and operations. The CAP responds to this directive and builds upon past work to aid the city in identifying actions that reduce risk, lower emissions, and ensure infrastructure and operations are ready for anticipated climate changes.
The development and implementation of the Climate Action Plan is split into 4 phases:
Phase 1: (Complete)
The City of Terrace, with the assistance of Pinna Sustainability Consultants and the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC), finished the development of the City’s Climate Change Projections Report, aimed at increasing our understanding of the changes to our local climate we can anticipate in the future.
Phase 2: (Complete)
In Winter 2022 and Spring 2023, the City of Terrace reached out to the public to share climate projections data and receive input on local climate impacts and community values. This input was used to improve understanding around community concerns, help define priority actions, and generate ideas for future climate work.
Phase 3: (Complete)
In Spring and Summer 2023, risk and vulnerability assessments were conducted in a series of staff workshops facilitated by Pinna Sustainability Consultants. Preliminary implementation details for plan actions were determined based on stakeholder input and key findings from this assessment.
In Fall 2023, the City of Terrace, in collaboration with Pinna Sustainability consultants, finished development on the Climate Action Plan. This document identifies specific goals and actions across six key areas critical to transforming the City into a resilient, sustainable, and low-carbon organization.
Phase 4: (2023 - Ongoing)
Implementation of the specific actions identified in the Climate Action Plan is currently ongoing. Successful implementation of these actions will require interdepartmental engagement, community support, as well as ongoing performance monitoring. Reporting on the progress of the plan’s implementation will occur annually, and is key to ensuring the City of Terrace continues progressing on a path towards a resilient, low-carbon future.
The City of Terrace has worked hard to responsibly advance climate action by leveraging external funding opportunities. For more information, visit our Climate Action Fundpage.