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June 18, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 8:00 pm EDT
Atlantic Canada has been impacted by extreme weather in the last decade and a growing number of voices are forecasting that the frequency, duration, and intensity of extreme weather events will increase over the next 50 years. This will present significant challenges for buildings, energy distribution, transportation, and technology infrastructure. Resilient infrastructure is important not only for ensuring the health and welfare of our cities and communities but also for advancing Smart Energy Communities.
Municipalities are responsible for managing the systems that communities depend on, including roads, bridges, water and waste management, and are dependent on reliable delivery and distribution of energy for the functioning of the community. These systems, both municipal and energy distribution, are essential and must work together to maintain the resilience of a community. Municipalities and utilities (gas, electric, thermal, and water) have recently begun to explore how to align and integrate their respective processes for adaptation and resilience planning. This includes efforts to assess their infrastructure, operations, organizational structure, and communications, and to improve access to better data to address climate change risks, mitigate recovery time, and protect their operations.