The Business Case for Natural Infrastructure

Flooding is a critical issue facing Canadian municipalities — one that will only become more challenging as we experience the continued effects of climate change.

Extreme weather, including floods, represents Canada’s primary climate change risk, making stormwater and flood management a key strategy for enhancing the climate resiliency of our communities.

flood event in the Greater Toronto Area

Flood event in the Greater Toronto Area, February 2018.

The need to consider the effects of climate change, including flooding, also extends to businesses.

Physical damage to assets and local infrastructure, employee absenteeism and mental health issues, supply chain risks, threats to water quality, and the implementation of stormwater charges — all can result in unexpected costs or disruptions to business operations, on both a local and a global scale.

As a liaison between the conservation community and the private sector, Partners in Project Green is uniquely positioned to provide information for businesses on flooding issues in the GTA, on the benefits of natural infrastructure, and on the business case for action.

permeable pavement

Permeable pavement (pictured above) is one of many natural infrastructure solutions that can help municipalities and businesses to mitigate flood risk.

To learn more, please view our white paper, THE BUSINESS CASE FOR NATURAL INFRASTRUCTURE: HOW CORPORATIONS CAN INVEST IN NATURE FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE.

cover page of Partners in Project Green white paper on natural infrastructure

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