Climate Change Survey for the Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill, NS
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This report provides an analysis of climate change issues at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia. The aim of this study was to identify problems on the campus related to climate change in order to be able to provide solutions and recommendations for mitigation and adaptation. The method chosen for data collection was an online survey, which was open to everyone affiliated with the Agricultural Campus including students, staff and faculty as well as nearby residents. The survey asked participants about their experiences with extreme weather events on campus, such as snow and rainstorms, and how (if at all) this affected them. Two of the biggest climate change issues identified on the campus were transportation and energy use. In conclusion, the survey allowed us to pinpoint risk areas on campus such as the Haley House or the Cox Institute, which are in need of repairs. Also, we found that cancelled classes and poor transportation were two of the most notable areas affected when severe or extreme weather events occur. While it is important to make small, less costly adjustments on campus, such as changing to more efficient lights, Dalhousie's AC should also consider more creative action, such as carpooling incentives, shuttle service, and green roofs. Some of the final recommendations made to the Agricultural Campus were to review research done in other provinces where similar problems have been faced, as well as to work closely with the Truro municipality to assess the areas of transportation needs in order to create a more efficient, safe transport system.