FLASHBACK TO 2007: Township of Langley Showcased Green Infrastructure Innovation in Three New Neighbourhoods

The goal in showcasing innovation and celebrating successes was to promote networking, build regional capacity, and move ‘from awareness to action’ – through sharing of green infrastructure approaches, tools, experiences and lessons learned. “After many years of what you would call research, we are now in the developmental phase,” stated Ramin Seifi in 2007 at the Langley event. "We will be monitoring and measuring what matters. This will enable residents and Council to maintain their focus over time.”

Leading Change in Seattle: How Green Stormwater Infrastructure Can Help Urban Neighborhoods Thrive

City as Platform is more than a tour, and more than just a conference session—it is a hands-on, collaborative learning experience in the field. First debuted at CNU 24 in Detroit, it made an encore appearance at CNU 25 in Seattle and featured the Belltown neighbourhood. It is an ideal laboratory, said Isabelle Giasson, for expanding GSI (Green Stormwater Infrastructure) to meet multiple community outcomes.

FLASHBACK TO 2004: “Judge progress by the distance traveled, not the distance remaining,” stated Kim Stephens at Consultation Workshop that was the launch event for the BC Green Infrastructure Partnership

“We have come a long way in just four years. Our experience in bringing the vision to fruition for the UniverCity Sustainable Community on Burnaby Mountain provides relevant context. It was not that long ago that the project was hanging by a thread. We have been successful in overcoming fear and doubt," stated Kim Stephens. “In 2000, translating high expectations for UniverCity into practical design guidelines meant revisiting accepted drainage engineering practice."

Gowanus Canal (New York City): America’s most toxic waterway gets some help

"Our infrastructure should be as resilient as the New Yorkers that call this great city home, Managing stormwater is a critical step on our path towards sustainability. This project proves that taking care of our environment and providing amenities to the public are not mutually exclusive — in fact, quite the opposite is true. The more green infrastructure and open space we create, the greater the public’s stewardship," stated New York City Council Member Stephen Levin.

Green Infrastructure in Kitsap County, Washington State: Manchester Stormwater “Park” achieves desired environmental and social outcomes in Puget Sound

“A spiral rain garden is the focal point of the park. Water that typically flows off the hillside is collected and treated through this facility. Then every half-hour, one cell of the three-cell spiral walls releases its water charge through rocks located on the sides of the figure. It then filters the water through the spiral, putting clean water back in to Puget Sound,” explained Andrew Nelson.

Looking At Rain Differently in New York City: “Everyone understands what a sponge does, even if they don’t understand green infrastructure or phytoremediation,” said Susannah Drake

Sponge Park is a $1.5 million pilot project that will determine whether such spaces can effectively prevent new pollution from entering the canal. "In the vast majority of storms, the park would capture all of the water flowing to a dead end at the canal," said Susannah Drake. During the heaviest rainfall, the park will at least cleanse and filter water before it flows into the canal."

From Stormwater to Rainwater: A Reorientation for LEED

"The most obvious change for stormwater professionals in LEED 2012 is that the credits for Stormwater Management in previous versions - separate credits for stormwater quality and quantity - have been combined into a single Rainwater Management credit within the Sustainable Sites category," writes Janice Kaspersen.

Trees grow in Brooklyn: A natural form of relief for overworked city sewers

NYC Green Infrastructure Plan - cover (360p) - October 2010
The advantage of the green infrastructure approach is that it delivers the same degree of water retention as "grey," but at a much lower price. When coupled with the traditional approach, it will allow the city to reduce sewer overflows into its waterways by 40% by 2030.

New Neighbourhoods and Green Infrastructure Innovation in Langley Township

Ramin Seifi (120p) - Director of the Community Development Division, Langley
Beyond the Guidebook 2010
The goal in showcasing innovation is to promote networking and build regional capacity....by sharing green infrastructure approaches, tools, experiences and lessons learned as an outcome of designing with nature.