Climate action in cities is critical to addressing the climate crisis, from both a mitigation and adaptation perspective. Municipal governments have direct or indirect control over more than 50% of GHG emissions in Canada, and climate change is increasingly impacting cities where concrete and asphalt landscapes exacerbate heat and flood risk vulnerability for residents.
This interactive workshop, consisting of dynamic presentations and breakout discussions, will explore pathways for defining and communicating the merits of the low-carbon social mobilization initiatives to policymakers, funders and other key stakeholders. Other issues to be addressed include: evaluating energy and GHG reductions; the impacts of the associated systemic social-cultural change; and the role for academics in supporting the development of low-carbon social mobilization initiatives.
This workshop brings together researchers and practitioners collaborating as part of the Community Energy Knowledge Action Partnership (CEKAP) with the collective goal of facilitating a discussion on evaluating the impact of low-carbon social mobilization initiatives. With the desired outcome of identifying the role academic researchers can play to support and/or enable ongoing experimentation, Measuring Impact of Low Carbon Social Mobilization Initiatives also aims to support and/or enable the ongoing experimentation and measurement of impacts of existing and emerging models.
CEKAP is a SSHRC-funded partnership that has been established to facilitate collaboration between researchers, practitioners and community groups across Canada in the area of community energy planning. CEKAP strives towards communities that are not only energy sustainable, but also prosperous, equitable and resilient.