SURREY FORUM STORY #1: Living Water Smart & Making Green Choices to Create Liveable Communities & Protect Stream Health



Convening for Action in the Metro Vancouver Region


How do we simultaneously work together as staff within a municipality and as a region AND externally with developers and other private sector players, to ensure we implement sustainable approaches to development?


City of Surrey hosts Metro Vancouver Water Balance Model Forum on March 12, 2009

The foregoing problem statement provides a frame-of-reference that will guide the discussion at the Metro Vancouver Water Balance Model Forum. Hosted by the City of Surrey, this ‘by invitation’ learning event is co-sponsored by the Water Balance Model Inter-Governmental Partnership and the Green Infrastructure Partnership. The Forum can inform deliberations vis-à-vis improving the Built Environment and protecing the Natural Enviironment in the Metro Vancouver region.

According to Raymond Fung, Chair of the Green Infrastructure Partnership: “It will be an exciting day: regional leaders will report out on approaches and tools for doing business differently; participants will be challenged to ‘think outside the pipe’ in town hall sharing sessions; they can network with practitioners from other municipalities; and they can learn from each other’s experiences.”

Surrey wbm forum - ted (160p)“The Metro Vancouver Forum is designed to achieve multiple objectives pursuant to the policy framework outlined by the Province in Living Water Smart,” adds Ted van der Gulik, Chair of the Water Balance Model Partnership. “Also, the Forum will focus on the legal and policy tools and processes that have been both hindrances to green infrastructure implementation, and those that have assisted… or would assist… going forward.”


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Posted February 2009