Award-winning community plan integrates climate considerations

The Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) presented the Silver Award for Excellence in Policy Planning to the Town of Ladysmith for their OCP, which SSG helped develop.

How cities can promote affordable housing while limiting emissions

Canada needs 5.8 million more homes to make housing affordable. How can it reduce emissions associated with building them?

Four climate action trends to watch in 2024

The climate crisis can be daunting, but progress is being made. Here are four positive climate action trends to pay attention to in 2024.

Lessons in rebuilding after a wildfire

When the entire town of Lytton, BC, burned down on June 30, 2021, the community decided to rebuild better. Their process offers lessons for other communities facing wildfire risks. 

How two American cities integrated federal funding into their climate action plans

SSG collaborated with Lakewood, Ohio and Ames, Iowa to identify the role of specific federal funds through detailed financial modeling. They are, to our knowledge, the first municipalities to account for federal funding from the Infrastructure Bill and Inflation Reduction Act in their climate action plans—setting them up to save hundreds of millions of dollars by taking climate action.

Land-use planning is climate planning

Land-use bylaws are one of the easiest mechanisms for municipalities to achieve low-carbon outcomes.

How Cities Can Make 1.5°C a Reality

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change underlines that the window of opportunity to limit global heating to 1.5°C is closing quickly– and cities are critical for helping humanity through the window if they act immediately and strategically.

Five Insights From Sustainable Canadian Communities

Municipalities across Canada are excited about leading creative projects to tackle the climate crisis. At the FCM Sustainable Communities Conference earlier this month, SSG had a chance to hear from them and discuss new developments in the climate action space.

What Happens Now That Edmonton Didn’t Meet its Carbon Budget?

On November 3, 2022, the City of Edmonton released the first municipal carbon budget report in Canada. The report indicated that Edmonton is set to blow past its carbon budget of 176 million tonnes by 2037 and fall short of its target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.  Though this news is alarming, it’s promising […]

​Q&A: Whitby Mayor’s On Kickstarting Climate Action

Mayor Don Mitchell on Canada’s first data-driven municipal climate adaptation plan and how he went from debunking climate action to becoming a climate action champion.