The Story of the 2009 Penticton Forum: Convening for Action and Making Green Choices in British Columbia
Convening for Action in British Columbia to Create Liveable Communities & Protect Stream Health
The following challenge statement provided context for advancing a ‘regional team approach’ at the 2009 Annual Conference of the British Columbia Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) on April 29 in Penticton.
How do we align our efforts at three scales – provincial, regional and local – to do business differently, prepare communities for change, and choose to be water smart
The Penticton Forum showcased how partnerships, collaboration, innovation and integration are helping local governments in three regions make the best choices for living water smart: This is what we want to achieve, and this is how we will get there.
Contributing to the living water smart vision is the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia, a partnership umbrella for action on the ground. The Water Sustainability Action Plan comprises inter-connected program elements that give local governments and practitioners the tools and experience to better manage land and water resources.
The Story of the Forum
“The story of the Forum is told in a series of six stories published weekly on the Waterbucket website. These describe the elements of the Forum program, and are consolidated in a stand-alone document titled Convening for Action and Making Green Choices in British Columbia: The Story of the 2009 Pentiction Forum. These stories progressively connected the dots to foreshadow what participants could expect at the Penticton Forum,” states Ray Fung, Chair of the Green Infrastructure Partnership.
Downloadable PowerPoint Presentations
Presentations by the ‘Forum faculty’ were designed to inform the conversations during a series of Town Hall Sharing Sessions. For a program overview, click on Lesson Plan – Outline of What We Want to Achieve; then click on the individual links below to access the PowerPoint presentations:
- Kim Stephens – Context and Overview – Forum Program Explained
- Tom Siddon – Setting the Scene: Why We Are Convening for Action
- Patrick Condon – Sustainability by Design – Linking the Site to the Health of a Region
- Anna Sears – Living Water Smart in the Okanagan
- Ted van der Gulik – Tools to Facilitate Water Conservation: Irrigation Water Demand Model & Irrigatoin Scheduling Calculator
- Lisa Wright – Web-based Water Conservation Calculator
- Robert Hicks – Water Balance Model: From Storm Drainage to Raindrop Management
- Mike Tanner – Tools to Facilitate Green Infrastructure: Water Bucket Website
- Derek Richomond – Springboard to a Regional Team Approach to Rainwater Management & Green Infrastructure
- Vic Derman – The Natural City Vision: Three Lenses that Bring Our Future into Focus
The Forum Explained
In addition to the consolidated summary document, the individual downloadable documents can be accessed by clicking on the links below. Leading up to the Forum, these stories progressively connected the dots and described the elements of the Forum program in order to establish participant expectations. Briefly:
- On March 6th: Story #1 titled Smart Planning & Living Water Smart: Approaches & Tools for Doing Business Differently in BC described the scope of each module in order to foreshadow what to expect.
- On March 13th: Story #2 titled Doing Business Differently – Convening for Action in the Georgia Basin elaborated on how a ‘regional team approach’ is being advanced on Vancouver Island and in Metro Vancouver to establish consistent expectations when making ‘green choices’.
- On March 20th: Story #3 titled Doing Business Differently – Convening for Action in the Okanagan explained what it means to have a clear vision, what is possible when the vision is shared, and how ‘convening for action’ is taking place in the Okanagan.
- On March 27th: Story #4 titled Creating Our Future: Sustainability by Design & The Natural City Vision foreshadowed the ‘book-end roles’ that Patrick Condon and Vic Derman would play in setting the context and providing a blueprint for action, respectively.
- On April 3rd: Story #5 titled Creating Our Future: Today’s Expectations are Tomorrow’s Standards for Living Water Smart provided an overview of the provincial policy framework that enables local governments to design their communities in harmony with water.
- On April 10th: Storey #6 titled Town Hall Sharing: How Will Embracing the Living Water Smart Vision Help Your Community Do Business Differently? foreshadowed how audience interaction will be achieved, and how we can build commitment and motivate British Columbians to want to change.