As more nature and climate considerations are being included as part of funding requirements, Rossland’s natural assets management efforts gave them an edge in securing grants. Specifically, by understanding their natural asset stock and service value, the City has a stronger case to align asset management and climate resilience when applying for grants through the Province of BC’s Infrastructure Planning Grant Program and Union of British Columbia Municipalities Asset Management Planning Grants.
“A growing inventory of natural asset related data is also helpful in getting the City prepared for increasing attention, and ultimately, reporting by the province and federal government on asset management-related reporting data” Mike adds.
For tiny communities like Rossland, maximizing on budget is imperative. However, there are advantages to being a small city when it comes to getting initiatives off the ground.
“We don’t get siloed by our departments,” says Justin Brogan. “It’s much easier [compared to larger cities] to get everyone into the boardroom and look at opportunities together.”
Natural asset management involves essentially every department, from planning and development to recreation and tourism.
“With the procurement piece, it’s amazing to see that way conversations have transformed from a year ago”, says Mike. “Now one of the first questions we ask is ‘can nature do this job better for us, or is it already doing it?’”
As Justin put it: “everyone’s adopting it”. They notice a shift in the language of their Public Works department — that team now parrots NAM when working with external engineers, who in turn are primed to consider how natural infrastructure relates to their own profession.
Now that the procurement policy is complete, Rossland is working towards their upcoming Asset Management (correction: Asset and Natural Asset Management) Plan, and a holistic Utilities Master Plan that incorporates natural assets.