Municipal sector gathers for a renewed tomorrow at the Sustainable Communities Conference
October 19, 2021
Ottawa– At a time when climate change is one of the biggest national challenges, elected officials, municipal staff and community partners are gathering virtually from October 19 to 21 for the Sustainable Communities Conference 2021: For a renewed tomorrow (SCC), a Federation of Canadian Municipalities event. Canada’s leading sustainability conference is setting the stage for a crucial conversation on solutions to the most urgent environmental challenges. The main topics are focused on the country’s path to net zero 2050, rural, remote, and small community solutions and nature-based solutions.
“With influence over half of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, local governments are key to meeting Canada’s climate goals more than ever before,” said Joanne Vanderheyden, FCM President. “This is why this conference is so important; municipalities are in the frontlines and understand the urgency as climate extremes from fires and heat to drought and floods continue to hit close to home.”
This event provides a unique opportunity for the sector to convene on the most pressing sustainability issues facing municipalities now and in the future. The conference will also explore key trends in energy and climate innovations, small-community solutions, and natural infrastructure.
“This conference is also about learning from each other and sharing solutions we can bring back to our communities, whether it is pressing environmental issues like increasingly destructive climate events, meeting net-zero targets and building a greener economy that leaves no one behind,” added Vanderheyden.
The three-day event will kick off on October 19th with keynote speaker Dr. Deborah McGregor, who is going to talk about climate action in Canada and its connections with reconciliation, Indigenous justice, and nature-based solutions. On October 20th, an expert panel will present what’s next for communities in our path to net zero, and on October 21st, there will be a keynote address by Dr. Lena Chan on Singapore’s story on growing a city in nature.
Additional information: Sustainable Communities Conference program.
FCM is the national voice of municipal governments, with more than 2,000 members representing more than 90 per cent of Canadians.
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