This report explores the potential for integrating three community-based, air quality-related planning processes into a single process. A number of communities in British Columbia and elsewhere have conducted air quality (or airshed) management plans, greenhouse gas management plans and/or community energy plans. This study evaluates the use of these three processes by local governments and First Nations in identifying and addressing air quality-related objectives, and determines to what extent they might be integrated to achieve multiple planning objectives for air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy supply and conservation. Nine case studies in British Columbia and a further three outside the province were researched to gain insight into how communities are currently handling emissions- and energy-related inventory and planning work, and their experiences with or considerations for an integrated process. A number of lessons learned and findings were drawn from this research which have informed the
Holland Barrs Planning Group Inc., Marbek Resource Consultants. 2004. Integration of Air Quality - Related Planning Processes: Report. BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection
Keywords: air quality, airshed management plans, greenhouse gas, community energy plans.
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