Beyond Business as Usual

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 12:20


Building capacity for climate adaptation and low carbon resilience in small communities and rural regions.


Nov. 17th, 2020 at 5 PM - Nov. 19th, 2020 at 1 PM

Nelson, B.C.


Whether it is extreme weather, floods or wildfire events, climate impacts take place in and around our communities - the places where we live, work, and play.

Distinct from larger urban centres, small communities and rural regions have unique challenges, presenting innovative opportunities to strengthen the adaptive capacity of their communities, infrastructure, and local economies to climate changes over time. Encouraging resilience, however, demands a collective willingness to step beyond the practice of business as usual and to apply a low carbon resilience lens to community decisions.

Drawing on expertise and experience from across the province, this two-day knowledge sharing event is being curated to offer some of the latest innovations and capacity-building insights from and for small communities and rural regions seeking to increase their climate readiness and to plan for low carbon resilience. "Beyond business as usual" welcomes local government and indigenous nations (staff and elected officials), community organizations, consulting professionals, researchers and interested members of the general public.

Hosted by the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute in partnership with SFU ACT, PIBC Kootenay Rockies Chapter and Columbia Basin Trust (TBD), and made possible through funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Municipal Climate Innovation Program.

This event is currently in the planning stages. Please watch this page for more info as it is added in the coming months.