NEW REPORT: Blue City: The Water-Sustainable City of the Near Future
New Report Highlights Innovative Water Solutions for Municipalities and Regions across Canada
The Blue Economy Initiative (BEI) has released a new report, Blue City: The Water-Sustainable City of the Near Future, authored by Econics. This visionary report is built on the interviews of 17 water-related professionals in Canada who share their views on what a water-sustainable city might look like and the success stories of existing projects. The cast of interviewees included Kim Stephens, Executive Director of the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia.
To download a copy of the report, click here.
Inspire Dialogue Among Decision Makers
“We wanted Blue City to be an accessible report, grounded in rigorous research and analysis but presented in the style of a magazine,” said Kirk Stinchcombe, Co-Founder Econics and lead author. “We did not want to create a ‘how-to’ guide. Instead, this is intended to stimulate a discussion about the complexities of urban water management. More importantly, though, we offer a vision of what is possible in the near future.”
“We were fortunate to speak with a diverse, distinguished and multi-disciplinary cast. It was remarkable to note similar themes in our discussions with them. The report focuses on real measures and solutions of urban water issues that exist today. This is a very tangible report on a common vision and shared innovations.”
“To create this report, we interviewed people from all over Canada – experts that spend a lot of time thinking about water, from all kinds of different perspectives – a lawyer, a landscape architect, a financier, the director of a major water utility, an engineering professor, a consultant, and many more. We were particularly happy to include the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia’s own Kim Stephens in this diverse group.”
“Kim brought important British Columbian and NGO perspectives to our analysis. Among his insights, he reminded us that change does not have to be revolutionary – that a lot of the time it is doing the smaller, common sense practices that add up to create the big picture,” concludes Kirk Stinchcombe.
“The magazine style of Blue City is great,” observes Kim Stephens. “This approach is bound to inspire dialogue among Canadian decision-makers and key influencers around the opportunities and benefits of preserving water, and the economic risks of not making sustainable decisions.“
To Learn More:
To download a copy of the report, click on Blue City: The Water-Sustainable City of the Near Future.
To read a synopsis of the report posted on the Water-Centric Planning community-of-intereest, click on BLUE CITY: New Report Highlights Innovative Water Solutions for Municipalities and Regions across Canada