Calgary Pubinar Series – December 10: Natural Infrastructure Valuation and the Resilience Dividend

Title: A Municipal Approach to Natural Infrastructure Valuation and the Resilience Dividend

Speakers: Heather Galbraith & Jill Curley - The City of Calgary

Where: The Metropolitan - Private Dining Room (150, 318 – 8 Avenue S.W., Calgary)

When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 5:30-7:00 pm

Cost: Free for IAIA-WNC members; $10 for non-members ($5 for students) 

The International Association for Impact Assessment - Western and Northern Canada Affiliate (IAIA-WNC) is pleased to announce the return of our “Pubinar” series of talks for another season. Come on out to The Metropolitan in downtown Calgary to hear great speakers and get involved in some lively discussion. Drinks and food are available for purchase from The Metropolitan’s excellent menu (happy-hour pricing before 6pm). Admission is free for IAIA-WNC members, or $10 for non-members ($5 for students). Yearly memberships can be purchased at the door, or on the IAIA-WNC website (https://iaia-wnc.ca).

The Talk: This presentation will highlight The City of Calgary approach to embed natural infrastructure (NI) into corporate decision making through awareness, valuation and project implementation. Participants will hear about our Resilient Calgary Strategy (2019) with a particular focus on natural infrastructure and the resilience dividend. 

Resilience of a city, its communities and region is improved when integrated systems are in place to conserve, enhance and maintain our natural infrastructure. The City of Calgary has identified natural infrastructure as a critical element of climate mitigation, adaptation and resiliency. Many essential municipal services are provided by ecological systems, including water supply, water filtration, flood attenuation, climate regulation, soil and air quality, CO2 sequestration and recreational opportunities while providing for social well-being and beautiful aesthetics in our surroundings. 

Some questions for discussion: What is the alignment between impact assessment and measuring benefits through a valuation & resilience dividend tool? What are the opportunities to identify not just the current state of the site and the impact to what is on the site, but also on the municipal and ecosystem services that a site provides? What key services might be impacted by the development as proposed? What can be done to avoid or mitigate the loss of service delivery if the site is removed or significantly altered?

About the speakers: Heather Galbraith MEDes, RPP, MCIP, ABCP - Heather thinks her role as Program Lead with the Resilience Team, Resilience and Infrastructure Calgary is the best job at The City.  There, she leads the Resilience program for natural infrastructure, as well as an emerging approach to strategic foresight. During the 2013 Flood she represented The City’s Corporate Properties & Buildings (now Facility Management) business unit for flood recovery and led the development of their Emergency & Continuity Management Program.  Looking toward the future, Heather is excited to harness the passion and knowledge of her colleagues and others to address city resilience challenges in innovative ways.

Jill Curley, P.Biol. City of Calgary - I have a B.Sc. in Environmental Science, Biology Concentration from the University of Calgary (2008). My background is in environmental assessment, stormwater management, and now climate change adaptation. I am a member of the City of Calgary Climate team (yes, we do exist!), where a key goal is to improve the City’s adaptation to climate change. Natural infrastructure promotes municipal service delivery, stormwater management and biodiversity, and with a better understanding of the importance of natural systems in the urban environment we can improve the city’s resilience to climate change.