Climate Resilience Express Action Plan
The effects of climate change are already apparent in Okotoks, with observable changes in temperature, precipitation, and extreme weather events over the last century. The impacts of climate change on the Town could be numerous and diverse, giving rise to uncertain consequences, for infrastructure and services, property, the local economy and environment, and the health and lifestyles of citizens.
Three risks were judged to be priorities requiring immediate action:
- Water supply shortage;
- Drought; and
- River flooding
Okotoks is already committed to numerous actions that help manage the above priority risks, and additional actions were identified for consideration to help Okotoks better prepare for climate change.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory Baseline
In addition to express actions, the Town of Okotoks needs to develop a local emissions reduction action plan. For this action plan to be effective, it needs to be based on an understanding of current and projected future climate impacts. The Town has therefore prepared a GHG inventory, which characterizes impacts from various activities, both as a municipal organization, and as a community as a whole. Total emissions for Okotoks, including from municipal activities and facilities, as well as community activities and facilities, are therefore 404,082 tonnes CO2e, or 13.93 tonnes CO2e per resident. This information will be combined with the findings from the Express Action Plan, the QUEST Community Resilience recommendations, and the goals of the Environmental Master Plan to develop a Low Carbon Resilience Plan, which will prioritize actions and model pathways to reduce emissions and prepare for the future.
Low Carbon Resilience Action Plan
…coming September 2020!