SNAPs engage communities and deliver innovative approaches for the implementation of climate mitigation and adaptation actions.
By understanding local interests, SNAPs connect with hard-to-engage homeowners, multi-unit residential owners and tenants, and commercial/industrial businesses and help identify actions providing motivational co-benefits.
Additional partnerships with energy utilities and municipal experts identify strategic needs and opportunities in each neighbourhood.
Climate change mitigation actions addressed by the SNAP include neighbourhood retrofits which directly and indirectly reduce GHG emissions:
- energy efficiency retrofits and behaviours (reducing consumption)
- exploring renewable energy sources (providing clean energy alternatives)
- increasing the urban forest (serving as a carbon sink)
- providing shade for homes (to reduce energy use)
- water conservation and stormwater re-use (resulting in less water being treated)
- local food production (decreasing food miles)
Climate change adaptation actions promoted through the SNAP include:
- planting trees, planting edible vegetation on balconies and constructing shade structures (to address rising temperatures and urban heat island effects)
- flooding protection measures and better lot level management of stormwater (to address high volumes of stormwater runoff and flooding due to more frequent extreme rain events)
- rainwater harvesting (to alleviate water shortages due to droughts)
- fostering community connections, facilitating increased local food production, and generating work opportunities within the neighbourhood (to increase community resilience for emergency preparedness)
Our pilot SNAP neighbourhoods are poised to become models of climate action and resilience with strong baseline knowledge and already engaged partners and communities.