The Green Infrastructure Partnership collaborated with Metro Vancouver, two member municipalities (Delta and Langely Township)and UniverCity to present “Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation In Greater Vancouver: The 2007 Series”.
Convening for Action in Lower Mainland
The goal in showcasing innovation and celebrating successes is to promote networking, build regional capacity, and move ‘from awareness to action’ – through sharing of green infrastructure approaches, tools, experiences and lessons learned as an outcome of designing with nature. The Summary Report elaborates on what was accomplished at each of three events in the 2007 Series.
The Delta theme was “Greener Developments, Roadside Rainwater Management and the Urban Forest”. The program showcased Delta’s green infrastructure initiatives and shared lessons learned.
The Township showcased what can be accomplished with large-scale projects when Council, the community and staff are in alignment and embrace a ‘green culture’.
Collaboration between researchers at the University of British Columbia and the Greater Vancouver region's three North Shore municipalities — North Vancouver District, North Vancouver City, and the District of West Vancouver — has opened the door to a long-term partnership to bring science into the community. Clovelly-Caulfeild in West Vancouver is the first North Shore neighbourhood to step forward and participate in the 'UBC Tree Canopy Interception Research Project'.
Convening for Action is a “made in BC” framework for building consensus and capacity by creating a picture of what the future can look like, and then showing how to create that future through implementation of design with nature infrastructure regulations and practices. Convening for Action is grounded in the world of local government, recognizes that local government is the level of government that controls land use, and aligns federal/provincial infrastructure programs with local needs.
The Greater Vancouver Regional District launched the Sustainable Region Initiative (SRI) in 2001 to identify public values regarding regional sustainability, the principles that should guide regional development, and the key actions necessary. Today, the SRI is the overarching framework for all GVRD activities.
The “Celebrating Green Infrastructure Program” was launched in May 2006 when the first event in the 'Showcasing Innovation Series'was hosted by the District of North Vancouver. The Greater Vancouver program was a provincial pilot.