The effects of climate change can already be felt in the City of Terrace with warming average temperatures, wetter winters, drier summers, and more extreme weather events.
The City of Terrace is developing a Climate Change Adaptation Plan to better understand climate change impacts that are affecting the city today, and in the future. This project will identify vulnerabilities and risks caused by climate change and help guide the development of plans and policies that will save costs and build climate resiliency into our infrastructure and everyday operations.
Climate Change Adaptation Plan
The Terrace 2050: Sustainability Strategy describes a community future where Terrace prospers through access to sustainable industries and the ingenuity of its citizens. As part of the adoption of this 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 Climate Change Adaptation Plan responds to this directive and will build 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, and will incorporate climate change information into City decision making.
The Climate Change Adaptation Plan is split into 4 phases to be completed over the next two years (2022-2024).
Phase 1: (in progress)
City is currently developing a Climate Change Projections Report to understand what the anticipated climate changes are, and how they will impact the City.
Phase 2: (2022-2023)
Stage 2 of the project narrows down impacts, focus on climate vulnerability, risk assessment, and energy and emissions forecast scenarios to identify the vision, goals, and targets for the plan.
Phase 3: (2023 -2024)
Final stage will identify actions based on the vulnerability and risk assessment. Implementation details for priority actions will also be covered.
In 2020, council had allocated a portion of the annual Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) funding to cover the projection modeling costs of the project.
In 2022, Council directed an additional $15,000 from the new Local Government Climate Action Program to be allocated to complete the project as outlined above.
In February 2022, the City of Terrace was awarded a grant of $12,000 under the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Internship Program. These funds were used to hire a student Sustainability Intern to assist with research and contribute to other municipal sustainability initiatives.