Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Formal launch took place in a study session co-led by the Ministry of Environment at Annual UBCM Convention (Sept)

The UBCM convention was held in Whistler, venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Hence, the theme was Forging Gold Medal Standards. "The spirit of collaboration and new found bonds that we have fostered in 2010 are undeniably valuable. But without action, we cannot move our communities forward. This convention offers an opportunity to take our goals, and forge them into tangible outcomes and continue to build gold medal standard communities," stated Harry Nyce, UBCM President.

Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Rollout continued at a session within the BC Hydro PowerSmart Forum on “Building the Green Economy” (Oct)

"The intention is to learn with and from each other about what we can do to advance community-based efforts in creating a conservation culture in BC and achieving an environmentally sustainable future," stated Pia Nagpal. "To achieve an environmentally-sustainable future with adequately functioning natural systems will require the involvement and commitment of all citizens.”

Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Rollout concluded at the “From Rain to Resource Workshop”, hosted by the Okanagan Basin Water Board (Oct)

"We spent the last half a century trying to control runoff with dikes, storm sewers, curbs and gutters. Now, increased development and increased storm intensity from climate change are increasing peak flows and altering the rules of the game," states Anna Warwick Sears. "We can’t engineer away our problems fast enough, and have to look at other, lower impact solutions."

“Beyond the Guidebook 2010 tells an important story of how communities throughout British Columbia are adopting a new approach to urban watersheds,” wrote Deborah Carlson, West Coast Environmental Law

"The overall approach described in this report is based on 'designing with nature'. Municipalities have extensive and specific tools under the Community Charter to manage rainfall events within the part of the watershed that falls within their boundaries; regional districts that have established a drainage service also have jurisdiction," wrote Deborah Carlson. "The next challenge is to ensure that plans are effective in restoring the health of our urban watersheds."

“Beyond the Guidebook 2010 is a splendid resource that we will profile prominently,” stated Dr. Bernard Bauer, Director of the Okanagan Sustainability Institute in Kelowna

“Most people really want to do their part to improve the environment but generally are at a loss for how to proceed. The Guidebook provides a simple and easy-to-grasp road map…….we can accomplish much if we adopt some of the splendid suggestions regarding urban watershed protection in the Guidebook, both in terms of specific projects or improvements that are easy to implement," states Dr. Bernard Bauer.

Beyond the Guidebook 2010: “It is captivating with the stories, quotes and pictures, ” stated Kathy Bishop, Curriculum Chair for Leadership BC – Central Vancouver Island

“It is a great resource, well written … Down to earth, and in line with what the Water Sustainability Action Plan speaks about... The new business as usual, connecting the dots and giving useful tools and roadmaps for success. It is an easy read,” stated Kathy Bishop. "I also see that it is inspiring with all the VI municipalities stories for Vancouver Island to move forward with connecting the dots throughout the Island. What a great foundation/springboard for The Nanaimo Dialogue."

Flashback to 2012: Ministry of Environment reaffirmed importance and value of the “Beyond the Guidebook Initiative”

“The Ministry celebrates the Partnership's latest success in bringing together four regional districts through an Inter-Regional Education Initiative," stated Cairine MacDonald. “The Ministry looks forward to aligning efforts with the Partnership to further advance implementation of the 'Beyond the Guidebook' initiative. Collaboration across regional districts is the pathway to a consistent approach to water sustainability and green infrastructure policies and practices."

Flashback to 2012: Historical perspective on the first 5 years of the “Beyond the Guidebook Initiative”, released by the Partnership for Water Sustainability in conjunction with provincial government announcement

“There are a lot of times when we in local government like to blame or put on senior governments the responsibility to provide the framework for doing something…but there are things that we in local government can do. We need to choose to be enabled,” stated Ray Fung. “So, what we mean by shared responsibility is that everyone has a role, and everyone can act…. all levels of government, developers, regulators, bureaucrats, consultants, planners, engineers.”