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Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery: Supporting the Vision for Integration of Natural Systems Thinking into “The BC Framework”

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"Coined in 2010, the term Sustainable Service Delivery was introduced by the Province to integrate financial accountability, infrastructure sustainability and service delivery. While the BC Framework was only launched in early 2015, it has garnered both national and international attention. Other provinces, as well as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, are integrating the BC Framework into their respective work," wrote Glen Brown.

FLASHBACK TO 2009: Looking Back, the Future is Now – Yesterday’s Policies and Expectations for Green Communities have been Evolving into Today’s Standards and Practices

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Provincial programs provide direction as to where the Province wants to go with Living Water Smart and the Green Communities Initiative. “At the end of the day, planners and engineers and other disciplines must come together to determine the issues and solutions. No statute will help them do that. Living Water Smart is about motivating and inspiring everyone to embrace shared responsibility," stated Lynn Kriwoken.

“The Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia is the keeper of the GIP legacy,” observes Paul Ham, a Past-Chair of the Green Infrastructure Partnership

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“I see my years of chairing the Green Infrastructure Partnership as helping to get the ball rolling and ideas disseminated, on green infrastructure, all of which has subsequently been taken up by others to a much greater degree of implementation and success. Our efforts a decade ago moved the state of-the-art of green infrastructure to a more mainstream level," said Paul Ham.

Watershed Health: game-changers enable local government action in BC

"Looking into the future, collaboratively developed Water Sustainability Plans can integrate water and land use planning and can be combined with other local, regional or provincial planning processes to address water-related issues. “The scale and scope of each plan – and the process used to develop it – would be unique, and would reflect the needs and interests of the watersheds affected," states Jennifer Vigano.

Report: Canada’s municipal infrastructure at risk of rapid deterioration

The report uncovered that reinvestment rates in Canada’s municipal infrastructure are not meeting target rates, despite continued efforts on the part of municipal governments. "What this survey shows is that we need to repair our existing infrastructure. Our infrastructure is aging and we need to accelerate the rate of renewal," stated Kealy Dedman, President, Canadian Public Works Association.

Australian research shows that neighbourhood greenery has a positive influence on the value of a property

"If Australians are obsessed with property prices, they should welcome investment in green infrastructure, because it is unambiguously good for their real estate values. Consensus among Australia's leading urban green space experts from the private, government and academic sectors suggests that neighbourhood greenery has a positive influence on the value of a property, and research is beginning to back that up," wrote James Dunn.

Australian “Green Infrastructure Economic Framework” puts a dollar value on green infrastructure

"If we make a certain investment, what are the long-term non-financial, social returns we can get from that? We're thinking about this as an economy, and the framework is a way to try to put a dollar value on the things that can come with green infrastructure – because its role and value has not been well understood in Australia, certainly when compared to more established 'grey' infrastructure," said Professor Roger Jones.

Trees and parks important to health of cities and residents and the environment, says Australian researcher

“An urban forest strategy needs to protect what we’ve got and match up the locations of greatest need, or urban hot spots, and development activity with benefits, costs and risks,” said Lyndal Plant. “The strategy also needs to address the challenges of diminishing space on private land in our growing city and do more to integrate trees into the design and renewal of sites, streets, infrastructure projects, centres and suburbs."

“Unleash the power of nature to help make cities more resilient, livable,” says Mark Tercek, The Nature Conservancy

As the world's population grows and as our planet increasingly urbanizes, we need to redefine the relationship between cities and nature. It is no longer enough for us to 'protect the last great places,' as we used to say," wrote Mark Tercek. "Nature can help cities solve some major environmental, social and financial challenges. We don't just need to preserve nature -- we need to create more of it, particularly in cities, so people can benefit from its healing powers."

A Southern California Perspective on Green Roofs, Stormwater and El Niño

"Weather patterns like El Niño (Intensified by climate change) force us to acknowledge the vulnerability and inefficiency of the built environment," wrote Amy Norquist. "Every time we build a green roof we invite nature back into the city. We weave natural patterns of resilience and efficiency into the built environment, using softness to strengthen our design."

Australia’s Environment Minister says more ‘urban canopies’ will reduce heat within city environments and improve health outcomes

The government would work directly with cities throughout 2016 and 2017 to set decade-by-decade goals for the creation of “urban canopies”, announced Greg Hunt. The creation of tree cover, he stated, would reduce heat within city environments and improve health outcomes. “Our task is to establish those goals and increase them progressively over each of the decades."