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Evergreen Partners with local Ontario Conservation Authority and Peel Region for next Phase of AI for the Resilient City

Scalable planning and predictions data visualization tool examines urban heat island effects in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon, Ontario

Evergreen, in partnership with a local Ontario conservation authority, enter a next phase of AI for the Resilient City, activating its scalable planning and prediction data visualization tool to help the municipalities in Ontario’s Peel Region better evaluate infrastructure projects, plan for and mitigate impacts of climate risk and invest effectively for the future. Through funding from RBC Foundation in support of RBC Tech for Nature, Evergreen, with the local Ontario conservation authority, is bringing this AI solution to three new municipalities – Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon with support from the regional government – to drive data-driven decision-making solutions and internal capacity building.

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“The need to prepare for climate-related hazards – from floods to fires, heat waves to rising sea levels – has never been more urgent,” said Geoff Cape, CEO & Founder of Evergreen. “As climate adaptation and resiliency planning find their way to the top of the municipal agenda, we require solutions that demonstrate the critical commitment to change to help predict, plan and advance sustainable policy leadership.”

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Through funding received in support of RBC Tech for Nature, AI for the Resilient City will enable the local Ontario conservation authority to create a baseline level of Urban Heat Index (UHI) for the Peel Region that will help demonstrate the relationship with infrastructure and population vulnerability in the area. The visualization is currently being built on general open-source data provided by the Peel Data Centre, based on the UHI calculation methodology inputs provided by the local conservation authority, Region of Peel and data science and AI company Gramener. Understanding the patterns of the UHI effect will allow city planners and other decision makers better understand the vulnerable neighbourhoods that need interventions and evaluate potential development scenarios to create or mitigate UHI. The outcome is a baseline UHI map that would extend to city limits yet is granular enough to provide useful information to guide broad level and community- based policy decisions.

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“The Region of Peel owns and manages infrastructure valued at over $32 Billion to deliver critical services to our 1.5 million residents and over 88,000 businesses in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Evergreen’s urban heat data visualization tool will help staff at the Region better understand areas with greater exposure to extreme heat, enabling us to make more informed decisions regarding making our infrastructure assets more resilient to extreme weather events and future climate conditions,” said Christine Tu, Director, Office of Climate Change and Energy Management, Corporate Services, Region of Peel. “As the temperatures increase and neighbourhoods continue to warm, the risk of more frequent or extended extreme heat events rise. The urban heat data visualization tool can inform the Region’s response plan that aims to minimize the risk of heat-related illness especially in vulnerable residents.”

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