FUTURE: Sault Ste. Marie

GHG Emissions Inventory

The City of Sault Ste. Marie (the City) is one of over 60 communities across Canada that have been funded by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Municipalities through the Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) program to increase staff capacity with regards to either climate mitigation and/or adaption.

The City plans to focus its efforts on mitigation by developing a plan to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions. The first step of this process is the creation of a community GHG emissions inventory. On September 9, 2019, the City signed a resolution to join the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP), which offers a 5-milestone framework intended to guide municipalities towards the development of a climate action plan. The 5-milestones include:

1. Creating a baseline emissions inventory and forecast;
2. Setting emissions reduction targets;
3. Developing a local action plan;
4. Implementing the local action plan,
5. Monitoring progress and reporting results.

FutureSSM has been working with local energy distributors, municipal staff and external agencies to collect aggregate community emission metrics that will be used for milestone one – creating a baseline emissions inventory and forecast. Where data is not available, provincial averages will be utilized. Once the emission source data collection process is complete, consumption volumes will be input into the PCP emissions inventory tool. The tool will calculate greenhouse gas emissions by source in Sault Ste. Marie. A strategy on sharing these results with the community is being developed. This data will set the stage for completing Milestone 2 and Milestone 3 of the PCP program. The estimated date of completion of the GHG emissions inventory is late Fall 2019.

For more information, check out this recent article from Sault This Week.

Climate Risk Workshop

The City of Sault Ste. Marie is one of five cities in Northern Ontario working to manage and assess the risks of climate change. Together, the municipalities form the Northern Climate Change Network (NCCN). With support from the Ontario Climate Risk Institute (CRI), members of the NCCN have been working on assessing their vulnerability to climate change and developing adaptation solutions to manage risks and increase resilience. FutureSSM in partnership with the Ontario CRI organized a half-day workshop focused on Climate Change risks in Sault Ste. Marie. The workshop focused on developing a common understanding of how our climate is changing in the region and how that may present risks to City assets and operations, and well as to residents and local businesses. The objective of the workshop was to build understanding and support for climate change work in Sault Ste. Marie, as well as understand different approaches to climate change adaption and risk assessment. The workshop was facilitated by the Ontario CRI and took place on September 30th at City Hall. Alist of over 30 attendees included an array of municipal staff, as well as external agencies and organizations including, but not limited to Garden River First Nation, the PUC, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, Algoma Public Health, and the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority. The workshop also gave attendees the opportunity to learn about the Community GHG Emissions Inventory project.

For more information on this project, please contact:

Emily Cormier
FutureSSM Climate Change Coordinator