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On the Fly Update May 2010

As the City Engineer, and being on the senior management team of a small municipality, my role and areas of influence and responsibility are quite wide. This week it has been climate change adaptation and carbon neutral policies. Lots of meetings and talking, particularly about water, infrastructure and municipal operations – all areas that I am well versed in.

Managing the risks or costs associated with climate change or carbon pricing is now another lens to view municipal projects and operations through as an engineer. This is an emerging field of interest in the engineering community, with groups like Engineers Canada promoting a protocol for examining public infrastructure vulnerability with respect to climate change. Coming up this month are presentations on the protocol in venues around BC, June 7, 8, 9 in Vancouver, Vitoria and Kelowna.

I’ll have more news about projects and success stories in the next couple of weeks. Need to spend some time working on getting all my thoughts into posts.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.

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