FLASHBACK TO 2010: “The way we see the world is shaped by our vocabulary,” observed Metro Vancouver’s Robert Hicks when commenting on ‘what is an appropriate term to use’ for different uses of water in different languages


"Other languages like French and German often use more exact terms than English for 'stormwater' and 'wastewater', and this changes how relationships and worth are perceived," states Robert Hicks. “The reason why other languages use more exact terms relates to the structural nature of those languages.

“The Clean & Green Infrastructure Plan is a ‘Stormwater Overlay’ to guide our future,” stated Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto

“Going ‘Green First’ means we can meet our regulatory requirements while also reducing local flooding, decreasing basement backups, improving the resiliency of our communities to disaster during extreme weather events, and enhance economic development in the City,” stated Mayor Bill Peduto. "The draft plan proposes to manage runoff from 1,835 acres with green infrastructure over the next twenty years."

GREEN+BLUE INFRASTRUCTURE: “Every author has emphasized how intertwined the social and economic dimensions of our ‘watershed assets’ are with their ecological benefits,” wrote Julie Schooling, Sitelines magazine co-editor (Oct 2016 issue)

A Blue-Green City aims to recreate a naturally oriented water cycle while contributing to the amenity of the city by bringing water management and green infrastructure together. As co-editor of the October 2016 issue of Sitelines magazine, Julie Schooling was responsible for developing the storyline and overseeing story development. "It was so exciting to have such a diverse and relevant group of contributors for this issue," she said.

‘The Well-Tempered City': An Epic Book, and Why

"I love epic stories with universal meaning for varied audiences around the world. In sum, that is why I think Jonathan F.P. Rose‘s new book will become a must-read classic. And, if 400-pagers are not your style, it’s at worst a well-written, must-browse wonder, with relevant lessons for us all," wrote Chuck Wolfe in a book review. "Even those who prefer the short length of a tweet should immerse themselves in Rose’s ideas."

“Green City, Clean Waters” – water champion Howard Neukrug fundamentally changed Philadelphia’s relationship with nature

"Changing the world—or even one small piece of it—requires a lot of trial and error. We divide the city into communities, needs, types, gradients, opportunities, public, private and quasi-government," stated Howard Neukrug. "We do this because although it is mainly the land’s use and management that determines the nature and quality of all our city’s water, a water utility has little to no control over that land."

“Water is going to be the trigger for better land-use planning, so they go hand-in-hand,” says 2016 Land Champion award-winner

"The sophistication of our land use and water use conversation is much higher in BC than in most other provinces. On a tiny, tiny little piece of BC, about two per cent, over 80 per cent of the people live and we grow over 80 per cent of our farm-gate receipts. That is such a high potential for conflict. The wonderful thing is that this also spurs the potential for doing things in new and very innovative ways," stated Deborah Curran.

What Happens on the Land Matters: Restore the Water Balance in Urban Areas!

The City of North Vancouver’s Rain Garden Program is a foundation piece for a long-term vision for restoring watershed health in a fully urbanized city. “A single rain garden will not make a material difference. But 1000s of rain gardens would be a different story. Restoring stream health requires a long-term commitment over decades by the community, successive Councils and City staff. We can turn the situation around over time," says Mayor Darrell Mussatto.

“Good things happen when nature is part of the equation,” writes Michele Molnar about the Town of Gibsons Eco-Asset Strategy

"With municipalities receiving just eight cents of every tax dollar to build and maintain almost half of the country's core infrastructure, it's not surprising that Canadian cities are looking for innovative, cost-saving approaches to manage it. As aging infrastructure eats up more and more of municipal budgets in maintenance, repair and replacement costs, this becomes urgent," wrote Michele Molnar.

Leading Change in British Columbia: “Bring nature into the DNA of decision-making to build resilient communities,” says Emanuel Machado, Town of Gibsons CAO

"Canadian municipalities must innovate to address at least three major, interconnected issues now and over the coming years. The Town of Gibsons, just north of Vancouver, is pioneering a strategy that could contribute to the efforts of municipalities in BC and elsewhere to address these issues. The Gibsons 'eco-asset strategy' is proving to be an effective financial and municipal management approach," stated Emanuel Machado.