FLASHBACK TO 2009 (Video): Kim Stephens introduced an international audience to the Water Sustainability Action Plan at the Resilient Cities Conference
About the Resilient Cities Conference
“Sustainability imperatives, the call for climate action, and the pressure for new approaches in almost every urban system have North American cities scrambling to manage the shift toward ecological practices and greater resilience,” stated Gene Miller, a driving force behind the 2009 Resilient Cities Conference.
Influenced by ecological values and practices, and by growing concerns about global warming, Gene Miller conceived the annual Gaining Ground Urban Sustainability Conferences (seven, in all) in Victoria, Vancouver and Calgary, 2006 and onwards. These were timely and very important events that attracted as speakers many, if not most, of the significant North American figures in the ecological and related fields.
Align Vision, Education and Tools
“There is growing national and international interest in the British Columbia experience and our lessons learned in moving from talk to action in implementing green infrastructure practices that lead to water sustainability,” explains Kim Stephens. In 2009, he was the Program Coordinator for the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia.
“For this reason, the former Water Sustainability Committee was asked to provide a knowledge-transfer module at Resilient Cities: Urban Strategies for Transition Times in October 2009. This provided us with a platform to tell our story.”
“We had a 4-person presentation team. My role was narrator. This role entailed setting the scene and connecting the dots between vision, education and tools. After that, Eric Bonham, Mike Tanner and Ted van der Gulik elaborated on each of these three elements of the story.”
Link to You Tube Video:
A video clip has been uploaded to YouTube to provide a record and capture the flavour of how Kim Stephens introduced the storyline for the module organized by the Water Sustainability Committee at the Resilient Cities Conference. To watch the video, click here.
To download the set of PowerPoint slides that accompany the YouTube video, click on Getting Ahead of the Wave: Achieving Settlement in Balance with Ecology on Vancouver Island