Natural Infrastructure and Climate Resiliency

Helping Businesses Become Resilient in the Face of Climate Change

Partners in Project Green’s Natural Infrastructure and Climate Resiliency programming helps property managers, commercial developers, industrial manufacturers, institutional facilities, and business owners understand their climate risks and identify opportunities to mitigate those risks. PPG provides support to take action and become more resilient through nature-based solutions.

This programming focuses on natural infrastructure, also referred to as Low Impact Development (LID), which utilizes the environmental services that nature provides as a method of building resiliency to climate change while creating a host of co-benefits. According to the International Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report by Working Group III – Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, natural infrastructure is a form of “climate-resilient development”. Climate-resilient development is an approach to climate action that combines mitigation with adaptation and an excellent opportunity for businesses to make an impact.

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While natural infrastructure can take shape in many ways, one of the most effective outcomes is reducing impermeable surfaces such as concrete and asphalt, and replacing them with grass, gardens, gravel, or other solutions. These enhancements allow water to soak into the ground rather than run off into municipal storm drains, or into your building.

PPG natural infrastructure and climate resiliency programming seek to reduce the prevalence of impermeable surfaces in the Greater Toronto Area through the on-site implementation of natural infrastructure on corporate properties, and through business-led sponsorship of stormwater offset projects.

The Business Case for Natural Infrastructure

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Partners in Project Green will support you in determining what alignment makes sense for your business on its journey to building climate resilience through natural infrastructure. PPG will begin by establishing connectivity with the municipal programs of interest, industry experts, and service and technology vendors that we represent and support.  

Greening Corporate Grounds

Do you want to future-proof your business by investing in nature? 

Partners in Project Green (PPG) is partnering with Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) to bring the Greening Corporate Grounds (GCG) program to businesses in TRCA’s jurisdiction in the City of Mississauga to receive a FREE implementation-ready Sustainable Landscaping Assessment and Action Plan. Three organizations have participated in the pilot. If you are a business interested to participate in this program, please contact: Chaya.Chengappa@trca.ca.

Upcoming Opportunities

Corporate Flooding and Extreme Heat Adaptation Program

PPG’s new water program will empower the multi-unit residential building sector with best practices for mitigating flooding and extreme heat, through low-impact development, stormwater management solutions.

Stay tuned for more details.

Interested in learning more? 

Contact: Chaya Chengappa, Program Manager
chaya.chengappa@trca.ca