DOWNLOAD: The Province of British Columbia’s Expectations and Programs for Green Communities



Infrastructure Grants enable Province to influence behaviour and advance “New Business As Usual” under Green Communities Initiative

The Ministry of Community Development is about innovation and integration, and is providing communities with the tools to ensure the right development in the right place at the right time. Hence, the Green Communities Initiative encompasses a number of plans and strategies that complement and/or support Living Water Smart, BC’s Water Plan.

Examples include A Guide to Green Choices, Resources from Waste: A Guide to Integrated Resource Recovery, and Smart Planning for Communities. Conceptually, the Green Communities Initiative comprises four areas of activity as shown in the image below.

The New Business As Usual

“We are using the slogan The New Business As Usual to convey the message that, for change to really occur, practices that until now have been viewed as the exception must become the norm moving forward. We have to build regulatory models and develop models of practice and expertise to support The New Business As Usual”, stated Dale Wall, Deputy Minister  when he announced the launch of both the new Water Balance Model and the Vancouver Island Learning Lunch Seminar Series at the Gaining Ground Summit in May 2008.

To Learn More:

To download and read the complete story, click on The Province of British Columbia’s Expectations and Programs for Green Communities.

To learn more about what Dale Wall had to say at Gaining Ground, click here to view a YouTube video clip. (5 minutes)