Creating Urban Resilience
Including Green Infrastructure on the Balance Sheet
As urban populations continue to climb, and the natural resources we depend on become more scarce, more emphasis needs to be placed on the value of natural capital and the services they can provide. Many communities rely on natural assets in the same way they rely on traditional (grey) infrastructure. However, we often don’t value natural assets in the same way as we would, say, a water treatment plant. Upfront investment in traditional infrastructure can be in the millions, gaining much more attention from decision-makers and taxpayers alike. But, what if a city can avoid investment in grey infrastructure by protecting, enhancing or conserving natural assets? Adding natural assets to a city’s balance sheet will help ensure they are not degraded over time and are planned for as the city continues to expand.
The workshop will introduce the concept of natural capital and discuss two success stories.
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
(7211 96a Ave NW, Edmonton, AB)