Infrastructure Grants enable Province to influence behaviour through the Green Communities Initiative
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The following post is an extract from a story originally published in July 2009. To download a report-style, PDF version of the complete story, click on The Province of British Columbia’s Expectations and Programs for Green Communities
Provincial Plans & Strategies
“Living Water Smart is a provincial strategy; we must look at it as a shared responsibility,” states Glen Brown, an Executive Director with the Ministry of Community and Rural Development. ”Actually, it is not one strategy; the Province has a number of strategies, including the Green Communities Initiative and the BC Climate Action Plan.. These are the visionary documents that shape the Ministry’s grant programs; they provide us with direction as to where the Province wants to go.”
“The Province is looking at raising the bar as far as what we are trying to accomplish with standards, provincial legislation and infrastructure grant programs.”
The New Business As Usual
“We are using the slogan The New Business As Usual to convey the message that, for change to really occur, practices that until now have been viewed as the exception must become the norm moving forward. We have to build regulatory models and develop models of practice and expertise to support The New Business As Usual”, stated Dale Wall, former Deputy Minister at the Gaining Ground Summit in May 2008.