A focus on Green Infrastructure Services embeds ‘green culture’, spurs innovation, in the Township of Langley

For the past decade, Township staff have been learning and adapting, and their hands-on experience is reflected in HOW implementation of Langley’s rain garden program has evolved in successive development areas. “We are learning by doing. In this way, we refine expectations for the finished product. The designs are more refined and the level of coordination for rain garden design and construction has improved," explained Yolanda Yeung.

FLASHBACK TO 2006: Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series launched in Metro Vancouver

“The Showcasing Innovation Series is a provincial pilot. When we talk to practitioners in local government, it doesn't matter what the region, the message is the same…they tell us that they are too busy to communicate with their colleagues in neighbouring municipalities. Yet the irony is that there is much to learn by sharing information with each other. At the end of the day, it seems that it takes a third party to bring people together," said Paul Ham.

Vic Derman’s Natural City: Three Lenses to Shape the Urban Future


At the third and final event in the 2008 Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series, Councillor Vic Derman of the District of Saanich elaborated on his vision for The Natural City. He posed the question: "What do we want this place to look like in 50 years, and how will we get from here to there?"

University of British Columbia Conference includes Green Infrastructure Tour

"The tour was first-rate as we were able to provide a casual setting in the midst of a nice blend of research, practicality and on the ground implementation. As the Green Infrastructure tours have already proven it is not until people actually get out into the field, look at things and "kick the tires" that the momentum of change really begins," stated Richard Boase.

Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation on Vancouver Island: Summary Report on the 2008 Capital Region Series

"The goal of the Showcasing Innovation Series is to promote networking, inform and educate practitioners, and help local governments move ‘from awareness to action’ in doing business differently --- The New Business As Usual --- through sharing of approaches, tools, experiences and lessons learned that will ultimately inform a pragmatic strategy for climate change adaptation," explained Eric Bonham.