Low Carbon Resilience Planning Handbook

This handbook compiles the results of the Integrated Climate Action for B.C. Communities Initiative (ICABCCI), drawing on best practices and key learnings.

In 2018, ACT launched the Integrated Climate Action in B.C. Communities Initiative (ICABCCI) to co-create low carbon resilience (LCR) pathways with partner communities of all shapes and sizes, and at all stages of climate action. These collaborations expanded the conceptual framework for LCR, connecting integrated climate action with a variety of community planning and decision processes and advancing social, economic, and ecosystem goals.

Our collaborations with local governments and consultant practitioners have yielded a systemic planning approach that coordinates and mainstreams adaptation and mitigation planning, while advancing key co-benefits. This process has helped our team identify and hone key entry points and opportunities for local governments to embed the LCR approach in climate planning, community planning, asset management, and corporate strategy.

This handbook is the result. It outlines an integrated climate action planning process that is systemic and cross-cutting, identifying synergistic opportunities between risk and emissions, while advancing climate action co-benefits. This prevents contradictory responses, streamlines capacity and resources, and moves climate out of the sidelines, instead embedding it as a crucial part of decision making across the local government organization. The LCR Planning Handbook can be used in conjunction with numerous other LCR Resources, Snapshots, and Tools.