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Planning for Resiliency

Since at least the 1990s, and coinciding with the release of the Brundtland Report and the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, ‘sustainable development’ and ‘climate change’ have been recurring and constant themes, if not buzzwords, in urban planning circles. These concepts were largely focused on reducing the ecological footprints of our communities and to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (“GHGs”) in an effort to prevent, or at least slow down, the effects of climate change. Today, while there may still be disagreement as to the cause of climate change, there can be little disagreement that climate change is happening.

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