"Experience shows that intra-region communication among local government practitioners is the exception rather than the rule. Showcasing Innovation creates opportunities to have conversations where learning takes place," stated Paul Ham.
APEGBC6 - Susan Rutherford (120p) The philosophical underpinning of the green infrastructure approach is a design with nature way-of-thinking and acting. This is very intuitive. It is about ensuring that when we plan our communities, we keep the ecological systems that we rely upon in the forefront of our thinking.
The seminar informed local government and land use practitioners about senior government expectations for applying a Beyond the Guidebook approach to implement ‘green solutions’ that actually protect stream health.
When we convene in forums such as Showcasing Innovation, it is not just to listen. We want to use what we have learned so that we can take action and make a difference in our professional lives. That difference is to change the way we develop land.
Looking back, and in terms of green infrastructure, much of what has happened in British Columbia can be traced back to October 1997 and who was in the room when the Union of BC Municipalities convened a focus group workshop on the Fish Protection Act. This focus group session resulted in the SmartStorm Forum Series.
The Green Infrastructure Partnership is collaborating with the Greater Vancouver Regional District, two member municipalities (Delta and Langely Township)and UniverCity to present 'Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation In Greater Vancouver: The 2007 Series'. The purpose of the Showcasing Innovation Series is to celebrate… and build on…the on-the-ground successes that are enhancing the ways communities are being developed and water is being managed.
The Convening for Action on Vancouver Island Partnership is collaborating with three regional districts and their member municipalities to present 'Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation on Vancouver Island: The 2007 Series'. The purpose of the Showcasing Innovation Series is to promote networking and sharing of on-the-ground experience. The series enables local governments to 'tell their stories' in a way that no other forum currently provides.
CAVI is the acronym for Convening for Action on Vancouver Island. CAVI is a regional pilot program that is being implemented under the umbrella of the "Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia". The purpose of CAVI is to provide research and education for practitioners (primarily local government administrators, engineers, planners and elected officials) so that they can plan for sustainable water resources in the context of burgeoning settlement activity.
A scenario comparison tool to assess green infrastructure effectiveness, achieve a lighter 'water footprint' and protect stream health. Learn More
The Water Conservation Calculator illustrates how specific water conservation measures can yield both fiscal and physical water savings for communities. Learn More
This Landscape Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses real-time daily evapotranspiration (ET) rates determined from climate stations located within British Columbia. Learn More
This Agricultural Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses real-time daily evapotranspiration (ET) rates determined from climate stations located within British Columbia. Learn More
The BC Agriculture Water Calculator enables water licensing for all irrigation purposes, whether agricultural or landscape. All non-domestic users of groundwater in BC are required to obtain a licence. Learn More