Water Sustainability Committee organizes half-day program at 2007 BCWWA Annual Conference

Working Towards Sustainable Communities: Green Infrastructure Partnership and Water Sustainability Committee Collaborate

Beginning in the mid-1990s, the Water Sustainability Committee established a practice of reporting out on its activities at the annual conferences of the BC Water & Waste Association. In the early years, this was limited to a presentation by the Chair as a technical paper.

In 2002, the Water Sustainability Committee began organizing half-day programs at the Annual Conference. The purpose of these programs is  to better inform the BCWWA membership;  plus achieve the objective of  raising broader internal awareness of how the Water Sustainability Committee has been  moving from talk to action.

On April 24, the theme of the half-day program at the 2007 Conference was Water Sustainability: Convening for Action in British Columbia. The program comprised five cascading presentations:

  1. Water – Choosing Sustainability for Life & Livelihoods — a co-presentation by Raymond Fung (Chair, Water Sustainability Committee) and Lynn Kriwoken, Director, Innovation & Planning Team, Water Stewardship Division, Ministry of Environment
  2. Convening for Action on Vancouver Island: Towards Water Sustainabiity — a co-presentation by Tim Pringle (Executive Director, Real Estate Foundation of BC) and Graeme Bethell (member of CAVI Leadership Team)
  3. Convening for Action in the Greater Vancouver Region: Celebrating Green Infrastructure — a presentation by Paul Ham (Chair, Green Infrastructure Partnership)
  4. Convening for Action in the South Okanagan: Water for Life and Livelihoods — a co-presentation by Ted van der Gulik (Ministry of Agriculture & Lands) and Meggin Messenger (Ministry of Community Services)
  5. WaterBucket – The Water Portal for British Columbia — a co-presentation by Michael Tanner (Chair, Water Bucket Website Partnership) and Lori Henderson (Senior Policy Advisor, Water Stewardship Outreach, Ministry of Environment)

“The WSC and Green Infrastructure Partnership collaborated to organize the Action Kim stephens (120 pixels)Plan session because desired outcomes for water sustainability and green infrastructure are common to both, and can be achieved through infrastructure standards that reflect a full and proper understanding of the relationship between land and water”, noted Kim Stephens(Program Coordinator for the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia), the Moderator for the Convening for Action half-day program.

To Learn More:

For  information on the rest of the  conference program, please  on this link to the 2007 Conference Technical Program .

For the complete story on the presentations that comprised the half-day session, please click here.