PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE: The Most Efficient Infrastructure is ‘Design with Nature’ – Start With Water Sustainability
“Vancouver Island communities enjoy many natural amenities that are in the resources bank and producing returns. These assets enable communities to draw on nature for infrastructure services needed for the built environment,” writes Tim Pringle.
BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee was the genesis for the “Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia”, an autonomous society
“From 2003 through 2010, the Water Sustainability Committee was the hub for a partnership network operating in the local government setting. Going forward, the Partnership is now that hub,” stated Tim Pringle, Partnership President.
“I’m very impressed with how actively you are pushing Water Sustainability in BC. It’s great to see this proactive approach. I really like the ‘no nonsense, lets get this problem solved attitude’. It’s very refreshing,” stated Peter MacDonagh.
Tim Pringle is a Founding Director and the first President. He was Executive Director of the Real Estate Foundation from its founding in 1988 until 2008. In 2010, Tim Pringle was the inaugural winner of the Land Champion Award for British Columbia.
Founding members of BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee re-group under new Partnership’s Champions Advisory Committee
“We are now at a point where the work that that has taken place under the auspices of the BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee is making an obvious difference. While still much remains to be done, this is an appropriate time to acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments,” wrote Daisy Foster.
Water Balance Model now resides within the ‘Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia’
“An essential part of the plan for ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Water Balance Model is the creation of a legal entity where the tool will reside permanently. This action has now been completed,” reports Ted van der Gulik.
“Convening for action as a provincial initiative has evolved over the last five years. We started in the South Okanagan because there was a regional growth strategy and Smart Growth on the Ground in the town of Oliver. By 2006, we were ready to go a bigger scale. We said let’s take on a whole region. That became CAVI,” recalls Kim Stephens.
“It is especially fitting that the Land Champion Award go first to Tim Pringle. This sets the bar pretty high for subsequent nominations. Tim leaves with a long legacy,” stated Michael Clague.
While with the Ministry, Ted managed and provided direction to a team of professional Engineers and Agrologists. Team members were specialists in farm structures, waste management, mechanization, environmental management, irrigation and drainage. The team was instrumental in development and delivery of agricultural programs, including: the environmental farm planning program, water supply expansion program and the current Growing Forward program.
During Mike’s time with BC Hydro’s Power Smart, he managed and provided direction to a team of Managers and professional staff engaged in various key marketing functions and, in delivering complex and multi-technology products and services through various programs and initiatives. Mike was an early adopter of the benefits of both energy and water conservation and, the possibilities of “Watergy”.