BC Hydro’s Conservation Community of Practice demonstrates a “top-down & bottom-up” approach to leading change

“We define conservation quite broadly, to include more than just conserving energy or reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our long-term goal is build connections between and within communities that result in advancing existing and creating new community-based commitments to actions that support the creation of a conservation culture, and ultimately, conservation itself," states Pia Nagpal.

How Green Does Your Garden Grow?

"Gardening: surely few things could be more eco-friendly? Not so, it seems. Scientists have produced new research which suggests that, far from doing their bit to save the planet, Britain's green-fingered army may be damaging it," write Roger Dobson and Jonathan Owen

Sustainable Rainwater Management on Vancouver Island: What Does It Look Like?

“In 2008, the Cowichan Valley was the first demonstration region for the initial rollout of Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan, and also hosted the inaugural Vancouver Island Water Balance Model Forum. On March 28th, the Cowichan Valley will again host a WBM Forum. Our venue is a LEED facility on the Duncan campus of Vancouver Island University,” reports Kate Miller.

Water Balance Model recognized with Premier’s Award for Innovation and Excellence

“The drought, forest fires and floods that B.C. experienced in 2003 highlighted the need to integrate ‘green’ development practices with water management,” explains Ted van der Gulik. “A tool was needed to evaluate and ensure implementation of the best water management practices. The web-based water balance model powered by QUALHYMO (quality hydrology model) is that tool.”

“The Story of the 2008 Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series” – pilot for aligning local actions & provincial goals

"The Story of the 2008 Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series is told in the words of those who embraced the concept and made it happen. The story describes how this pilot fits into a bigger picture; and how the program elements that comprise Convening for Action on Vancouver Island are linked. Each success builds on the last, and paves the way for the next," stated John Finnie.

Capture Rain Where It Falls: Application of the Water Balance Model to ‘Design with Nature’

"The Water Balance Model, as an approach to managing rainwater, was first introduced in 2003. It was an impressive step towards applying a ‘design with nature’ solution to a growing problem for many municipalities. A ‘new’ WBM was launched at the end of 2008 to considerable acclaim. It garnered the Premier’s Award for Innovation & Excellence in February 2009 and considerable attention as an important “decision support tool” to help improve the way we develop land in British Columbia," wrote Kim Stephens.

Sustainable Rainwater Management in the District of Sooke: What Does It Look Like?

“To achieve the community vision for healthy streams and harbour, the District encourages green infrastructure for rainwater capture and also encourages use of the Water Balance Model. In fact, the draft Subdivision and Development Standard Bylaw includes a requirement for developers to employ the Water Balance Model for all developments, regardless of the number of lots. Sooke recognizes that the water balance methodology links rainfall to streams, and this is how we will protect our streams,” states Laura Byrne.