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In summer 2020, storm after storm hit Alberta with massive hail, gale-force winds and driving water. By fall, we had already amassed close to $2 billion in insured losses from extreme weather. As climate change intensifies, Albertans can expect more years like that, with significant impacts on infrastructure, water resources, and the economy.
How can small Alberta communities prepare for the risks that lie ahead? Last year, the Summer Village of Ghost Lake decided to act, securing Action Centre funding to create a Climate Resilience and Adaptation Plan
The plan equips staff and residents with an understanding of local climate risks and the ability to integrate that understanding into action and decision making. It is also built around values of self-sufficiency and citizen action, tailor-made to the strengths and challenges of a small, rural municipality.
Please join the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, the Summer Village of Ghost Lake, and Morrison Hershfield to learn all about their new Climate Resilience and Adaptation Plan.
The plan was funded by the Climate Resilience Capacity Building Program through the Government of Alberta, which continues to accept applications from municipalities and Indigenous communities for projects that enable their community to better understand and respond to the impacts of climate change.
This webinar is free and there will be a live Q&A. All are welcome.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Mustafa Hashimi is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Summer Village of Ghost Lake. As CAO, Mustafa manages day-to-day operations for the municipality as well as long term planning. Mustafa brings a wealth of experience working with local governments, and sees community collaboration and a culture of resilience as important aspects underpinning the welfare of our communities.
Clarissa Huffman is a climate change planner and project manager with Morrison Hershfield. She specializes in climate-informed community planning, and has experience with low-carbon resilience, nature-based solutions, and developing climate risk and vulnerability assessments for local governments.
PRESENTED BY THE MUNICIPAL CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION CENTRE
The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre was founded in 2009 as a collaborative initiative of the Alberta Municipalities, Rural Municipalities of Alberta, and the Government of Alberta.
We deliver funding, technical assistance, and education to help Alberta municipalities, school authorities and community related organizations advance actions that lower energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve climate resilience.
Learn more at mccac.ca