Entries by Trevor Leach

Results from the First National Cohort: Decision-Maker Summary

By Sara Jane O’Neill Local governments across Canada are focusing on sustainable service delivery – delivering core municipal services in a socially, economically and environmentally responsible manner. Natural assets, such as wetlands, forests, and creeks, provide many of the same services to communities as engineered assets but are generally not accounted for and/or are undervalued in […]

Natural asset management is proving its value in the field

By: Michelle Molnar, Technical Director While Canada focuses on efforts to reduce climate change, there’s growing recognition that we can’t meet our climate change goals without finding ways to adapt. A natural assets management approach has the advantage of addressing both mitigation and adaptation, taking us to the next level of policy solutions. Natural assets […]

Current opportunity for a municipal natural assets project in a BC watershed

In municipalities across Canada, infrastructure is aging, capital and operating costs are rising, and service delivery is strained by growing populations and shifting conditions.  Solutions may be around us: there is growing evidence that natural assets provide, or could be restored to provide, services just like engineered assets, and often at lower costs. However, most local governments lack […]

Identifying Barriers And Opportunities Within Professional Planning Practice In Ontario

As infrastructure ages, urban areas grow and ecosystem quality decreases, local governments look for ways to better manage their municipal assets. Municipal natural asset management is a sustainable solution to these multifaceted problems. Professional planning, as an interdisciplinary field involved in land use decision-making, plays an important key role in implementing municipal natural asset management. […]

Call for Expressions of Interest: Municipal Natural Assets Initiative Watershed roll-out in BC

In municipalities across Canada, infrastructure is aging, capital and operating costs are rising, and service delivery is strained by growing populations and shifting conditions. Solutions may be all around us: there is growing evidence that natural assets provide, or could be restored to provide, services just like engineered assets, often at lower costs. However, most […]