"There is a greater incentive for local governments to demonstrate how their innovation and integration will be effective in meeting the goals of both the Green Communities Initiative and Living Water Smart," stated Glen Brown.
A regional team approach is founded on partnerships and collaboration; and seeks to align actions at three scales – provincial, regional and local.
Local priorities and local leadership will determine the path each community takes to shape our common future.
Because the focus is on how to implement the "regional team approach", the series is for implementers. This article is introductory, provides context only, and links to a set of downloadable documents that comprise the series curriculum.
"The Province is using the Green Communities Initiative to advance green infrastructure province-wide. We are slowly raising the bar for local government. For example, we are saying ‘show us what you are doing to protect stream health’," stated Karen Rothe.
The Province is leveraging its grants programs to influence changes on the ground. British Columbia is in transtion. Today, assessment criteria are based on a philosophy of "the greener the better". Tomorrow, all projects must meet a green standard, reported Catriona Weidman.