A City of Saint John planner will be participating in a project to improve how communities plan for climate change.
Sarah Herring was selected in August by the Canadian Institute of Planners to work with a small group of planners from Atlantic Canada to develop planning tools for communities. Herring will be working with another planner, Patricia Manuel from Dalhousie University, to help the community of Glenburnie-Birchy Head-Shoal Brook in Newfoundland.
“This is a great project for the City of Saint John and for Sarah Herring,” said Ken Forrest, Commissioner of Planning and Development. “By having Sarah participate in this project, it gives Saint John access to cutting edge approaches for adapting to climate change.”
Herring, a graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning program of the University of Northern British Columbia, has been a planner with the City of Saint John since 2006. Herring will use the experience from the program while working on the new municipal plan for Saint John and as the City prepares its own tools to deal with climate change.
Glenburnie-Birchy Head-Shoal Brooke is a coastal community facing flooding issues from mountain runoff, as well as problems related to changing sea levels. The community is within the limits of Gros Morne National Park.
The planning project is funded by Natural Resources Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Atlantic Planners institute. The first phase of the project focused on creating climate change action plans for communities in Nunavut. This year’s project focuses on a community in each of the four Atlantic provinces, including Clair, New Brunswick, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, and Stratford, Prince Edward Island.
Herring will travel to Glenburnie-Birchy Head-Shoal Brook four times over the next year, with her first visit planned for November. She’s working on the project outside of her regular working hours.