In 2013, President Xi Jinping injected a new term into the global urban design vocabulary when he launched China’s Sponge City program. And then in August 2017, the Senate of Berlin released its Sponge City Strategy. The common guiding philosophy for both? Mimic nature, restore the water balance, adapt to a changing climate. The ‘sponge city’ imagery resonates. People intuitively get it.
"Two complementary strategies can 'green' a community and its infrastructure: first, preserving as much as possible of the natural green infrastructure; and secondly, promoting designs that soften the footprint of development," explains Kim Stephens.
Ray Fung (120p) An absorbent topsoil layer has emerged as a fundamental building block for achieving water sustainability outcomes through green infrastructure. Targeted water sustainability outcomes are: less irrigation water use; and reduced rainwater runoff.
Okanagan College Wastewater Heat Recovery (360p) The annual greenhouse gas reduction due to heating the campus with waste heat from a nearby sewage treatment plant is equivalent to taking 166 cars of the road.
"The Green Infrastructure Partnership has achieved a great deal over the past four years, and can take credit for spurring innovation in the BC engineering community. Now, there are parallel programs such as Local Motion and the Gas Tax Agreement that recast the opportunity to make the every day investments that will lead us to the right place," stated Dale Wall.
Published in 2007, "The Green Infrastructure Guide: Issues, Implementation Strategies and Success Stories" builds on a body of work that has preceded it, and is designed to be used in conjunction with the range of important resources available from various organizations and government to support a sustainable approach to community development of infrastructure.
Published in 2002, "Stormwater Planning: A Guidebook for British Columbia" was a catalyst for change that has resulted in British Columbia achieving international recognition as a leader in implementing a natural systems approach to rainwater management. "Beyond the Guidebook" is an initiative that builds on this foundation by advancing a runoff-based approach and tool – the ‘Water Balance Model powered by QUALHYMO' – to help local governments achieve desired urban stream health and environmental protection outcomes at a watershed scale.
A scenario comparison tool to assess green infrastructure effectiveness, achieve a lighter 'water footprint' and protect stream health. Learn More
The Water Conservation Calculator illustrates how specific water conservation measures can yield both fiscal and physical water savings for communities. Learn More
This Landscape Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses real-time daily evapotranspiration (ET) rates determined from climate stations located within British Columbia. Learn More
This Agricultural Irrigation Scheduling Calculator uses real-time daily evapotranspiration (ET) rates determined from climate stations located within British Columbia. Learn More
The BC Agriculture Water Calculator enables water licensing for all irrigation purposes, whether agricultural or landscape. All non-domestic users of groundwater in BC are required to obtain a licence. Learn More