"Our eco-assets journey began in 2012,” stated Emanuel Machado. “The triggering event was the release of the Gibsons Aquifer Mapping Study. Shortly afterwards the Town changed the definition of infrastructure and formally acknowledged the need to understand and manage (eco)systems and not simply individual infrastructure assets. This action led directly to the Gibsons Eco-Asset Strategy."
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.
“The goal was to build regional capacity through sharing of green infrastructure approaches, experiences and lessons learned as an outcome of ‘designing with nature’. The pilot series was a building block process - each time the objective was to raise the bar when celebrating successes," states Ray Fung.
"The program goal is to build regional capacity through sharing of green infrastructure approaches, experiences and lessons learned as an outcome of ‘designing with nature'. The program was launched in May 2006 in the Greater Vancouver region as a provincial pilot ," stated Kim Stephens.
“The Routley, Yorkson and Northeast Gordon neighbourhood communities illustrate how a ‘water-centric’ approach is changing the way that land is developed in Langley. Each neighbourhood features a different green innovation," stated Ramin Seifi.
"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.
Mayor Dianne Watts - City of Surrey A municipally-owned utility that will be responsible for the DE systems in Surrey. The first system will be built in City Centre under the new City Hall using ground source heat exchange as the primary energy supply.
"Vancouver has continued to add to its urban forest by planting another 3,000 street trees this winter. The total number of street trees in Vancouver's 22 districts now stands at 138,000, compared to only 80,000 back in 1990," wrote Steve Whysall.
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