FLASHBACK TO 2009 (Video): Kim Stephens introduced an international audience to the Water Sustainability Action Plan at the Resilient Cities Conference

About the Resilient Cities Conference

Sustainability imperatives, the call for climate action, and the pressure for new approaches in almost every urban system have North American cities scrambling to manage the shift toward ecological practices and greater resilience.

To provide solutions to these challenges, three organizations – the Center for Urban Innovation,  Smart Growth BC,and the Canadian Society of Ecological Economics (CANSEE) – combined forces to co-host Resilient Cities: Urban Strategies for Transition Times in October 2009. The conference was held in Vancouver.

CANSEE_road map for WSC module_2009

Align Vision, Education and Tools

“There is growing national and international interest in the British Columbia experience and our lessons learned in moving from talk to action in implementing green infrastructure practices that lead to water sustainability,” explains Kim Stephens. In 2009, he was the Program Coordinator for the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia.

“For this reason, the former Water Sustainability Committee was asked to provide a knowledge-transfer module at Resilient Cities: Urban Strategies for Transition Times in October 2009. This provided us with a platform to tell our story.”

“We had a 4-person presentation team. My role was narrator. This role entailed setting the scene and connecting the dots between vision, education and tools. After that, Eric Bonham, Mike Tanner and Ted van der Gulik elaborated on each of these three elements of the story.”

Link to You Tube Video:

A video clip has been uploaded to YouTube to provide a record and capture the flavour of how Kim Stephens introduced the storyline for the module organized by the Water Sustainability Committee at the Resilient Cities Conference. To watch the video, click here.

To download the set of PowerPoint slides that accompany the YouTube video, click on Getting Ahead of the Wave: Achieving Settlement in Balance with Ecology on Vancouver Island

Action Plan Team_Resilient Cities Conference_July-2009