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Plan Canada - Autumn 2022

Perspectives on Environment and Climate Change (Autumn 2022)

Transformations and impacts within the natural, physical, and social environments as a result of a changing climate continue. It is clear that bolder mitigation and adaptation measures are required. An increasing awareness of and support for action on environmental and climate change issues is illustrated by Canada’s 2019 declaration of a national climate emergency. A growing number of municipalities and Indigenous communities are also raising a renewed call for action.
Recognizing that planning informed by climate change should be a focus for the profession, the Canadian Institute of Planners established a policy on climate change planning in 2018. It recognized that the planning profession, with its broad base and far-reaching influence, has a key role to play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, helping communities adapt to changing climate conditions, protecting the natural environment, and more generally, supporting the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Plan Canada has previously focused on the topic of environment and sustainability, with articles that explored climate change legislation and policy, agriburbs, urban agriculture amenities, and sustainable arctic development. This issue will revisit the topic with renewed rigour. How has the landscape further shifted over the past few years? What role are Canadian planners taking in climate change mitigation and adaptation? What planning responses, innovative strategies, initiatives, and tools have communities and planners developed to improve the ecosystem? How is a changing climate considered in our professional practice? How do we recognize and address the disproportionate impacts of a changing climate on our most vulnerable populations? 
Submissions are encouraged on a wide range of topics including, but certainly not limited to, highlights on green development and building standards, firsthand experiences with implementation, and perspectives from the development community. From best practice case examples to urban forest management initiatives, the scope is exhaustive. Articles that highlight specific aspects such as food, water, energy, waste, green infrastructure, transportation, resilience and adaptation planning, and community planning are encouraged.

Submit your Article


We invite submissions of short papers and research reviews, notes on practice, and book or film reviews. Articles submitted must be original and not published or submitted for publication in other media (including websites, electronic newsletters, or other print publications). We favour articles with a strong policy framework and context, containing clear methodologies pertaining to studies and research, and providing critical reflection or lessons for planning practice. Authors can expect a three month time frame for initial review of submitted material and will be notified if their submission is rejected, accepted as is, or accepted conditionally with revisions. All submitted articles will be returned to authors along with comments and advice regarding any revisions required to render it suitable for publication.

See the Author Guidelines for further submission information.