“The Convening for Action in BC initiative continues to be the Partnership’s primary strategy to support the implementation of water sustainability strategies at the community level. The various tools – Water Balance Model, Waterbucket and Water Conservation Calculator – and action initiatives (Metro Vancouver, Kamloops and Vancouver Island) define Convening for Action,” stated Tim Pringle.
PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE (2012): Mission Possible – Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia
“Major breakthroughs happen when decision-makers in government work with grass-roots visionaries in the community to create the future desired by all. Collaboration grows from a shared vision about the future and commitment to action: Collectively this is what we want to incrementally achieve and, over time, this is how we will work together to get there. This is the ‘top down and bottom up’ approach. It is about turning the whole game around to ‘design with nature’ as a consistent approach to development and redevelopment,” stated Tim Pringle.
“I have watched this initiative grow both in capacity and influential reach over the years. You are addressing the key elements that contribute to societal and cultural change, which in this case, is leading the way to a more sustainable future,” writes Dianne Ramage.
Partnership for Water Sustainability aligns efforts with Ministry of Environment to advance the “Beyond the Guidebook” initiative
“The Ministry looks forward to aligning efforts with the Partnership to further advance implementation of the “Beyond the Guidebook” initiative. The Ministry’s renewed emphasis on the rainwater management component of Liquid Waste Management Plans has created an opportunity to demonstrate how to integrate regulatory compliance and collaboration,” states Cairine MacDonald.
Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia announces re-launch of waterbucket.ca website
“The Partnership has rebuilt the highly successful waterbucket.ca website. Why? To offer our visitors a better way to utilize our site and take advantage of the tools and information. In conjunction with the rebuild, we are excited to announce the launch of our newest community-of-interest, namely: Vancouver Island Water,” reports Mike Tanner.
“The Conservation Community of Practice, supported by BC Hydro, but in existence because of its members, was created to bring together like minded conservation champions across BC to collaborate and share best practices on community based conservation initiatives,” explained Pia Nagpal.
“We believe that by providing education, research, technical services and tools, we can help communities both reduce the increased demand for water and protect stream health from the adverse consequences of land development practices. In other words, we are ‘developing talent’,” states Mike Tanner.