Environmental sustainability matters to British Columbians and all the players need to work together to identify and promote the hidden value of green buildings. Premier of British Columbia delivers keynote address at seminar organized by the Urban Development Institute.
The Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia is pursuing a strategy to persuade local governments on Vancouver Island to adopt “green value” approaches to planning for and accommodating settlement growth. The Foundation uses the term “green value” as a generic reference to use and conservation of land and real estate that achieves social and economic goals while minimizing harmful effects on ecological assets.
Nature's Revenue Streams is a 3-year public-private pilot project, based in Saanich BC, that will link rainwater infrastructure to the restoration of stream and watershed function. The project will show how urban development can be used as an opportunity to improve watershed and stream health, build/restore aquatic habitat and reduce infrastructure costs for developers and the municipality while also addressing rainwater runoff.
The goal in showcasing on-the-ground innovation is to build regional capacity through sharing of green infrastructure approaches, experiences and lessons learned as an outcome of ‘designing with nature'.
The “Green Infrastructure Guide: Issues, Implementation Strategies and Success Stories” provides guidance on how local governments may, using legal and policy strategies, encourage or require more sustainable infrastructure designs.
Working Towards Sustainable Communities: Green Infrastructure Partnership and Water Sustainability Committee Collaborate at BCWWA Annual Conference
The Green Infrastructure Partnership and the BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee collaborated to organize a half-day session on Convening for Action in British Columbia at the Annual Conference of the BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) in Penticton in April 2007.
Victoria Transport Policy Institute dedicated to improving transportation planning and policy analysis.
The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems. It provides a variety of resources available free at its website to help improve transportation planning and policy analysis.
Valuing Transit Service Quality Improvements: Considering Comfort and Convenience In Transport Project Evaluation
This paper investigates the value travelers place on qualitative factors such as comfort and convenience, and practical ways to incorporate these values in project evaluation. This information helps identify cost-effective transit service improvements that can increase transit ridership and reduce automobile travel.
Inter-Governmental Partnership Rolls Out ‘Beyond the Guidebook’ at Water Balance Model Partners Forum
The Water Balance Model Partners Forum hosted by the Greater Vancouver Regional District in March 2007 provided a timely opportunity to roll out ‘Beyond the Guidebook', a runoff-based approach to drainage modeling that connects the dots between source control evaluation and stream health assessment.
The District of West Vancouver has constructed its first green lane adjacent to St. Francis in the Woods Church in historic Lower Caulfeild.