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Big Ideas for Small Communities

Representatives from the Caribou Regional District and six Central Interior municipalities participated in an October 2004 workshop on sustainable planning that was organized by Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation and hosted by the City of Quesnel. The Big Ideas workshop featured numerous examples of succcessful practices from municipalities within BC and across Canada. A principal focus was on the Water Balance Model.

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The Country Lanes Demonstration Project in the City of Vancouver

During the summer of 2003, the City of Vancouver constructed three “Country Lanes” as part of a demonstration project to evaluate more sustainable alternatives to regular lane paving. The Country Lane Demonstration Project has also been recognized throughout the Lower Mainland, Canada and internationally with requests for design data from many cities and municipalities. The project has also been an overwhelming success in terms of community involvement and education.

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Sustainability Street Project at the University of British Columbia

Breaking new ground at the University of British Columbia, the initial phase focuses on revolutionary closed-loop systems – the world's first systems integrating rainwater runoff, wastewater treatment and ground source heating, and a small-scale biodiesel production unit which will transform waste cooking oil into a clean-burning fuel. The project is an educational resource that will evolve over time.

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Crown Street Sustainable Streetscape and Fish Habitat Enhancement Project

The City of Vancouver has undertaken an exciting new approach to residential street design and rainwater management. Vancouver's Crown Street has become the city's first Sustainable Streetscape. The design uses innovative ideas to integrate transportation into an environmentally sensitive setting. The Sustainable Street demonstration project has provided a design that can be used as an inspiration or template for future street improvement projects.

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Water Balance Model now a National Initiative

The early success of the Water Balance Model in British Columbia, particularly in promoting an understanding of how to achieve a light ‘hydrologic footprint’, generated interest in expanding the focus of the tool to reach a national audience. The province of Alberta, being British Columbia”s eastern neighbour, was approached by the British Columbia Inter-Governmental Partnership in August 2004 to form the first inter-provincial partnership.

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