A regional team approach is founded on partnerships and collaboration; and seeks to align actions at three scales – provincial, regional and local.
British Columbia’s Green Communities Initiative
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 Ministry is fostering partnerships, collaboration, innovation and integration through the Green Communities Initiative. Ultimately it is grant programs that provide the incentives that influence behaviour; and reward those who meet program objectives for doing business differently on-the-ground,” states Glen Brown.
“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.
“We have a series of initiatives within the Ministry that are integrated with other broader provincial initiatives. These are seeking to help us build green communities in our province,” stated Laura Tate.
A Guide to Green Choices: Ideas & Practical Advice for Land Use Decisions in Britsh Columbia Communities
“A key theme in A Guide to Green Choices is the notion of integration. It stems from a belief that the solid efforts already being made could be even stronger if they work together in the right direction — not at cross-purposes,” stated Laura Tate.
The Forum showcased three regions where communities are ‘convening for action' and developing a vision and road map to change the way that land is developed and water is used.
Green Communities Initiative provides backdrop for convening for action at 2009 Surrey Water Balance Model Forum
The Surrey Forum was a first step in advancing a regional team approach to rainwater management and green infrastructure that will align local actions in Metro Vancouver with desired outcomes identified by the Province's Green Communities Initiative.