Low Carbon Resilience

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The City of Colwood is one of 517 municipalities in Canada, and over 2,000 worldwide, to have declared a climate emergency. This declaration signifies that now, more than ever before, our community needs to take bold measures that appropriately address the climate crisis.

This is why the City is developing a Low Carbon Resilience (LCR) Climate Action Plan. The LCR Plan will be our pathway towards preparing for and managing the impacts of a changing climate while also reducing our contributions to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that cause climate change. Addressing both actions through the LCR Plan, ensures that the city embeds and mainstreams climate action in a way that advances other community priorities such as equity, biodiversity, and clean economic development, etc. The goal is to develop actions that multi-solve.



What is an LCR Plan and how can it help?

The LCR plan will determine how to adapt to projected climate impacts and rapidly reduce GHG emissions in a way that is relevant and effective for our city. Specific ways we can rethink and transform how we heat and cool our buildings, how we get around, and how we dispose of our waste will be outlined in the LCR plan.

The City is undertaking one planning process for the LCR Plan which will save time and help prevent decisions that adapt to climate risks while increasing emissions. For example, turning on the air conditioning on a hot day will use more energy and increasing emissions. The LCR approach aims to identify 'bigger win' opportunities. Continuing with the heat example, this could look like planting more street trees in urban areas. Urban forests reduce temperatures and provide shade, which can then reduce the need to turn on air conditioning. This type of synergistic planning aims to advance other social, economic, and environmental benefits, referred to as co-benefits, identifying strategies and approaches that multi-solve. Street trees, for example, can store carbon, provide habitat and birdsong, and improve water quality by filtering stormwater. Click to learn more LCR Co-benefits Tool.

LCR Lens is used to determine if certain actions reduce or increase risks and emissions, and if they provide co-benefits


The City of Colwood is one of 517 municipalities in Canada, and over 2,000 worldwide, to have declared a climate emergency. This declaration signifies that now, more than ever before, our community needs to take bold measures that appropriately address the climate crisis.

This is why the City is developing a Low Carbon Resilience (LCR) Climate Action Plan. The LCR Plan will be our pathway towards preparing for and managing the impacts of a changing climate while also reducing our contributions to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that cause climate change. Addressing both actions through the LCR Plan, ensures that the city embeds and mainstreams climate action in a way that advances other community priorities such as equity, biodiversity, and clean economic development, etc. The goal is to develop actions that multi-solve.



What is an LCR Plan and how can it help?

The LCR plan will determine how to adapt to projected climate impacts and rapidly reduce GHG emissions in a way that is relevant and effective for our city. Specific ways we can rethink and transform how we heat and cool our buildings, how we get around, and how we dispose of our waste will be outlined in the LCR plan.

The City is undertaking one planning process for the LCR Plan which will save time and help prevent decisions that adapt to climate risks while increasing emissions. For example, turning on the air conditioning on a hot day will use more energy and increasing emissions. The LCR approach aims to identify 'bigger win' opportunities. Continuing with the heat example, this could look like planting more street trees in urban areas. Urban forests reduce temperatures and provide shade, which can then reduce the need to turn on air conditioning. This type of synergistic planning aims to advance other social, economic, and environmental benefits, referred to as co-benefits, identifying strategies and approaches that multi-solve. Street trees, for example, can store carbon, provide habitat and birdsong, and improve water quality by filtering stormwater. Click to learn more LCR Co-benefits Tool.

LCR Lens is used to determine if certain actions reduce or increase risks and emissions, and if they provide co-benefits


  • Thank you for your interest, survey one has now concluded. Subscribe to the project to receive updates as the plan progresses.

    This is the second of two public surveys which will help inform the City's new Low Carbon Resiliency Climate Action Plan. The first survey helped us understand what our community thinks and feels about climate change. Based on engagement from phase 1, we have developed a list of key shifts and accompanying big moves. In this survey, we ask that you review the big moves and what should be focused on as a community to build toward a low carbon and resilient future. 

    The survey has four sections and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. 

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and ensure that Colwood's Climate Action Plan reflects the current priorities of our community. We encourage you to share a link to the survey LetsTalkColwood.ca/LCR with your friends and family! Survey closes Monday, May 2.



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  • Survey one has now concluded. Survey two will open for feedback later in March 2022, check back soon!

    As we build the Low Carbon Resilience (LCR) plan, we want to ensure community members have a chance to tell us what matters most and what is needed as a community to make climate resilient, low carbon decisions.

    The phase 1 survey is intended to answer the following questions: 

    • What are Colwood residents currently thinking and feeling about the changing climate?

    • How much do Colwood residents already know about climate change, including about climate risks and how to build resilience and reduce GHG emissions?

    • What opportunities are there for the City of Colwood to support residents to increase their understanding of climate change, and to take actions that will have an impact?

     We will use survey results to ensure that the LCR Plan reflects the current circumstances and priorities of Colwood’s residents. 

    Complete the survey now and you will be entered to win a Colwood Swag gift basket!  



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