DOWNLOAD: Influencing Actions on the Ground in British Columbia: Today’s Expectations are Tomorrow’s Standards

Note to Reader:

The Province’s Living Water Smart and  Green Communities initiatives provide a framework for convening for action in British Columbia. The ultimate goal is to establish expectations that will, in turn, influence the form and function of the built environment.

The desired outcome is to align efforts, build commitment and establish consistent expectations for effecting change on the ground: This is what we want to achieve, and this is how we will get there.

In conjunction with the 2009 Penticton Forum on Smart Planning & Living Water Smart, the Water Sustainability Action Plan released a background document that described provincial goals for fostering a “new business as usual”.

Green Communities Initiative

“The mandate of the Ministry of Community Development is to foster partnerships, collaboration, innovation and integration through the program elements that comprise the Green Communities Initiative,” reports Glen Brown, an Executive Director with the Ministry of Community Development.

“The goal is to build capacity that will result in sustainable, healthy and vibrant communities. Over the past decade, British Columbia has made considerable progress in changing infrastructure practices through an educational approach. Now, the focus is on how the Province’s grant programs provide incentives necessary to influence behaviour; and reward those who meet program objectives for doing business differently on-the-ground.”

“Integration of legislative goals and strategies with grant programs is achieved through the combination of Eligibility Requirements, Evaluation Criteria, and Conditionality of Contracts.”

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