Capacity For The Climate Decade

Cities work on the frontlines as critical and capable partners, but the challenge of climate action is great and the level of change required is transformative. CUSP has developed Canadian-specific research and analysis related to building the capacity of local governments to accelerate Canada’s climate action.

“Cities are engines of growth, innovation and prosperity. The right investments can build sustainable and liveable cities and communities that will help us achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of the Paris Agreement. It is possible and realistic to realize net-zero urban emissions by 2050. But to get there, we will need the full engagement of city governments combined with national action and support.”

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Climate Innovation Opportunity: Investing in Local Governments to Accelerate the Transformation to a Low-Carbon, Resilient Canada.

This report from Cara Pike and CUSP examines the current capacity challenges of leading Canadian cities in addressing climate change at scale. The report sheds light on some of the ‘work hacks’ leading cities and their partners are using to deliver successful outcomes and impact, and also where more is needed to fill resource gaps. This whitepaper is intended to share insights with provincial and federal governments, utilities, community foundations and private philanthropy around the challenges and successes local governments are experiencing in scaling up action in Canada’s large and leading cities.

Cities work on the frontlines and are critical and capable partners locally and nationally, but the climate challenge is great and the level of change required transformative.

This report identifies 5 elements of success that allow sustainability teams in local governments to generate innovative policy and market transformations on scale with what is needed to address the climate emergency. The findings in this report were generated through interviews with leading climate and sustainability practitioners in local government and NGOs supporting successful muni climate networks.

Leading the Way to Low-Carbon

is a case study on the Community Energy Managers network in BC led by BC Hydro’s Sustainable Community program. The CEM network illustrates how investing in local government capacity can lead to the development and implementation of innovative climate and energy policies and market transformation. The case study offers a summary of the CEM approach, highlights successful initiatives seeded and scaled through the CEM network, and distills best practices that utilities and government agencies in other jurisdictions can apply to accelerate and scale up climate and energy solutions in partnership with local governments for The Climate Decade.

Funding Embedded, Dedicated and Connected Municipal Resources Model

Example: A proposal to NRCAN for a Municipal EV Leadership Exchange submitted July 2019