City to Host Speaker Series on Flood Prevention

City to Host Speaker Series as Part of the “Resilient Homes, Parks and People” Project
Posted on 04/27/2021
The City of Charlottetown’s Environment and Sustainability Department is hosting a 5-part virtual speaker series as part of the “Resilient Homes, Parks and People” project. The series will begin on Thursday, May 6th at 7:00pm, and will run every Thursday night consecutively, concluding on Thursday, June 3rd.

“Our ultimate goal is to educate and raise awareness that will ignite further positive action,” said Councillor Mitchell Tweel, Chair of the City’s Environment and Sustainability Committee. “This speaker series will give residents an opportunity to hear from industry experts on best practices that could help protect them and their homes against future flooding and other potentially damaging weather events brought on by climate change. This is an important step towards mitigating the effects of flood damage in our City.”

Each week will feature a new presenter, discussing various topics; all of which are aimed at mitigating risks associated with increased flooding and storm surges as a result of climate change. The entire series will be delivered online via Zoom, and is open to all City residents who wish to partake. Online registration is required for each session.

The schedule of presenters and topics is as follows:

May 6, 2021 at 7:00pm:  Cheryl Evans (Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation) Reduce your risk of home flood damage.

May 13, 2021 at 7:00pm: Norman Dewar (Ellen’s Creek Watershed Group) Building a rain garden at home.

May 20, 2021 at 7:00pm:  Dr. Xander Wang (UPEI School of Climate Change and Adaptation) Climate change and flooding risks in PEI.

May 27, 2021 at 7:00pm: Victoria Fernandez (CBCL) Nature based stormwater Infrastructure for homes, communities and cities.

June 3, 2021 at 7:00pm: Graham Little (IBC Atlantic Region) Navigating home flood insurance.

The “Resilient Homes, Parks and People” project was developed after the City received approximately $90,000 from the Province of PEI through the Climate Challenge Fund, which was established to help Islanders adapt to climate change, develop new technologies and opportunities, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in innovative ways. Along with the speaker series, the City’s Sustainability Department will use the funds for public education, to manage flooding issues in Evergreen Park using green infrastructure, and for a pilot project to provide home flood risk assessment.

For more information on this project, and to register for the speaker series, please visit