The Climate Resilient Home tool was created as part of a larger project called the Regional Climate Resilience Exchange which included municipalities from across the Edmonton Metropolitan Region and was supported through direction from All-One-Sky and supplementary support from consultants and academic institutions to identify vulnerabilities and take action. A regional approach was chosen in part thanks to its ability to better avoid a scenario known as maladaptation whereby actions which benefit one municipality may increase risks for others. The project began by taking stock of the most pressing climate vulnerabilities in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. In order to do so, background research was conducted, and interviews were undertaken with the participating municipalities by the project lead. Once a baseline understanding of regional vulnerabilities was achieved, a ‘current state’ document was produced which helped to inform later steps in the program including the prioritization of vulnerabilities. The project engaged in additional research which was undertaken to address knowledge gaps identified by the participating municipalities. This research endeavoured to gain a more detailed understanding as to the effect of climate change on the area’s water security, trees and forests, and invasive species and pests. Resource pooling among the participants was said to have enabled such research.
In 2019, the municipalities of Edmonton, St. Albert, Wetaskiwin, Spruce Grove, Leduc, Devon, Stony Plain, and Strathcona County in Alberta partnered with the All One Sky Foundation to ultimately address the impacts of climate change on invasive species management, water security, trees and forests, and home resilience through the production of resources and tools. The group identified regional adaptation priorities through participation in a series of collaborative workshops. Within these workshops participating municipalities examined their vulnerabilities to climate impacts and subsequently prioritized the aforementioned impacts as in need of action. The Climate Resilience Exchange project, led by The All One Sky Foundation, resulted in the development of a number of resources and tools including the Climate Resilient Home adaptation tool. This tool provides tangible advice as to how to better prepare homes for the impacts of wildfire, extreme weather, flooding, and a changing environment. The aim of the Climate Resilient Home tool is to serve as an education and outreach instrument, and provide a road map to help homeowners, builders, municipal staff and elected officials make investment and policy decisions to improve the climate resiliency of homes. While the tool is a product of the Alberta based project, it retains applicability across regions thanks to the wide range of impacts it addresses. The project was funded as part of FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program’s Climate Adaptation Partner Grants.