“The vision of the Partnership is that water sustainability will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies and practices. The Partnership mission is to facilitate change,” states Tim Pringle.
"Establish partnerships with those who share a vision to add the 'water dimension' to community planning and land development, and to promote change at four scales - region, neighbourhood, site and building," said Kim Stephens. "Build support for a paradigm-shift in British Columbia that, over time, will result in water being at the heart of decision-making for human activities."
"The former Water Sustainability Committee was a broadly based roundtable of organizations that had a specific interest or mission in implementing the Water Sustainability Action Plan. The roundtable encompassed government organizations, non-government associations, the private sector and universities," stated Ted van der Gulik.
"Founded as the Water Conservation Committee in 1992, the Committee rebranded itself as the Water Sustainability Committee in 2002 as part of a restructuring and renewal process," stated Mike Tanner.
"City Council adopted a Water Strategy that includes a vision for water that closely aligns with the Province's Living Water Smart program," stated Kevin Henderson. "For example, the City has recently introduced a new pricing structure to provide long term sustainability to the water utility fund."
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. At the recent 2011 Sustainable Communities Conference, organized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), innovators from across Canada shared their breakthrough examples of municipal sustainability in an interactive session titled Steal This Idea! "The session introduced delegates to the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia," stated Emanuel Machado.
“watebucket.ca is the key to the communications strategy for the Action Plan. The website is designed to provide the complete story on integrated land and water management – why, what, where and how,” states Mike Tanner.
“The Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia has allowed the Province to leverage partnerships to greatly enhance the profile and resulting impact of Living Water Smart,” states Kim Stephens. “The Action Plan partners are playing a key delivery role in two of the five Living Water Smart theme areas, namely: community planning and development; and efficiency, outreach, public awareness."