Resiliency Imperative – 4 E’s Framework

Permaculture Design Practices become the Foundation of the 4 E’s Framework to integrate and work as a System approach to Building a Resilient Peterborough Community.

*Our First Responders readiness are critical components of any system to rebound after any Climate Crisis Event or long term disruption.

*The adequacy of our physical infrastructure of roads, city streets, bridges, sewers and water supply, and power grid are also facing severe challenges. One of the most important of which is the ability to redirect locally produced renewable electricity to local emergency needs enhancing our local Energy Security.

Funding 4 E Actions:

Most of the 4 E Actions to build a more resilient community will need to be funded by local Municipal Governments. Transition Town has recommended the 2% Municipal Fund for the City of Peterborough starting at 1% of its operating plan budget in 2020 rising to 2% in equal increments to 2030. This proposed fund does not address Capital Projects.

The intent in this information/document is to highlight some of the most important 4 E opportunities that can create the greatest increase in community resilience by 2030. Transition Town Initiatives are identified:


Decreasing the use of all forms of energy is the No 1 requirement for building a resilient community. One Energy Descent Initiative: the Transition Neigbourhoods Project for homeowners is planned to move into Pilot in Peterborough this year with full implementation starting in late 2020 with funding from the 2% Municipal Fund. This represents Behavoural Economics in action building our local economy and creating more local jobs.

Funding From the Sale of PDI estimated at between $50M and $55M is recommended to be used to increase our Energy Security providing Kick Start Capital Funding for the formation of multiple Renewable Energy Co- Ops attracting small and large local investment, which also build the local economy and create local jobs.

Switching all Public Vehicles to Electric is an important way for local municipalities to show leadership encouraging the private sector businesses and citizens at large to do the same on a heightened timeframe to 2030 …the Ripple Effect in action reducing the net energy consumed in the GPA and lowering our Carbon Footprint.


Rebuilding our Economic Localization Infrastructure is the No 1 opportunity to increase community economic resilience. The Transition Town model demonstrates that the community can take back a significant part of its economy by building economic localization infrastructure around the security of life essentials required to adapt to the Climate Crisis. Life essentials include Food, Water, Energy, Culture, Wellness. The added benefits are more local sustainable jobs and greater economic equity.

Economic Impact and Jobs Analysis of 50% Local Food by 2030 needs to be funded by the 2% Municipal Fund and embraced by the City of Peterborough as a key opportunity to advance local food growth, storage and processing while producing new local jobs and advancing economic equity.

Local Food Supply Chain interest free loans from commercial banks are needed to support local farmers selling into the local market as well as locally owned businesses in the local food supply chain. The interest on such loans would be provided from the 2% Municipal Fund.

Converting the Kawartha Loon Local Currency, founded by Transition Town, into a Loyalty Program for locally owned businesses and farming enterprises to allow them to better compete with National and Global Corporations all of which are supported by subsidized oil and global supply chains and with their own loyalty programs. The conversion of the KL to both a digital and print fully monetized legal currency requires the financial support from the 2% Municipal Fund. Concurrently, Transition Town is prepared, as originally conceived, to transfer the KL ownership to any entity jointly owned by the City and County of Peterborough such as a Climate Change Operating Trust or the Peterborough Kawarthas Economic Development.


The very best thing we can do for our local environment is reduce our Carbon Footprint. That is the start and that is why this 4 E’s Framework started with Energy and moved to Economic Localization Infrastructure.

If we move as quickly as we can towards Building Our Local Living Economy in all the life essentials, our citizens will be motivated to provide much of the physical work to beautify neighbourhoods, create pollinator gardens grow more of their own food and protect their homes from flooding and to work with the City and County for the regeneration of the soil to absorb moisture and to act as a carbon sink.

The 2% Municipal Fund should be accessible to locally owned businesses, Not-For Profits and citizens at large for funding special projects to enhance environmental regeneration.

The City has likely identified low traffic neighbourhood streets subject to heavy rainfall flooding.These need to be put in a plan to return to Sponge Designed Streets in a orderly fashion to 2030 with consultation and participation with resident home owners as volunteers.

The City and County need to be responsible for environmental regeneration of all public parks, providing space for accessible community gardens and for the provision of Food Forests.

Equity: (Social and Economic)

With Community Leadership both social and economic equity can be enhanced by our collective focus on the economic localization infrastructure for all life essential. However, expansion of Community Gardens supported by local municipalities will also be required.

Further, recognizing the GPA as one of Canada’s leading areas of food insecurity, it is recommended, that the City of Peterborough purchase multiple local farms to kick start Co-operative Farming in the area.

Two other big social and economic equity issues in a new resilient GPA are affordable energy efficient Public Transportation and affordable energy efficient Housing Solutions. The City’s position and actions on both are far behind the curve of the advancing Climate Crisis. And both have an effect on our community wide Carbon Footprint.

Together, we can make the Greater Peterborough Area the most Resilient Community in Canada by 2030!!

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