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Convening for Action in British Columbia

PENTICTON FORUM STORY #6: Town Hall Sharing: How Will Embracing the Living Water Smart Vision Help Your Community Do Business Differently?


“A distinguishing feature of the Penticton Forum will be the audience interaction segment that is part of each module. We are characterizing them as Town Hall Sharing Sessions to underscore that we are going beyond question and answer segments,” stated Ron Smith. “Each Town Hall segment will be preceded by context presentations that are intended to inform and stimulate.”

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FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PENTICTON FORUM: Smart Planning & Living Water Smart: Approaches and Tools for Doing Business Differently in BC


The purpose of the forum is to showcase how partnerships, collaboration, innovation and integration are helping local governments in three regions make the best choices for sustainable, healthy and vibrant communities. “The Water Sustainability Action Plan provides local governments and practitioners with the tools and experience to better manage land and water resources,” states Ted van der Gulik.

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The Story of the Penticton Forum: Smart Planning & Living Water Smart – Approaches & Tools for Doing Business Differently in BC


“The Forum showcased how partnerships, collaboration, innovation, and integration are helping local governments in three regions make the best choices for sustainable, healthy and vibrant communities,” reported Kim Stephens. “The story of the Forum is told in a series of six stories published weekly on the Waterbucket website. These describe the elements of the Forum program, and are consolidated in a stand-alone document.

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Living Water Smart & Building Greener Communities: Implementing a ‘regional team approach’ in British Columbia


How do staff within a municipality and a region work together AND externally with the stewardship sector, developers and other private sector players, to ensure we implement sustainable approaches to development? “We are NOT saying that every community must follow the same formula; what we are saying is that everyone needs to agree on expectations
and how all the players….regulators, developers, designers, etc….will work together, and after that each community can reach its goals in its own way,” stated Eric Bonham.

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Rainwater Harvesting on the West Coast: Klaus Koenig impresses Victoria audience


The program for the 2005 Rainwater Harvesting Workshop in Victoria was built around Klaus Koenig, German architect and consulting engineer. Klaus has been extensively involved with the subject of rainwater utilization for 20 years. The author of several books in German on the subject, his first English book on rainwater recycling, 'The Rainwater Technology Handbook, Rain Harvesting in Building', was published in 2001.

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2005 Penticton Workshop introduces “Water OUT = Water IN”


“In British Columbia, school children learn about the hydrologic cycle in Grade Five. By high school they have forgotten about it. There is a parallel pattern in engineering education. The concept is re-taught in first year hydrology and then forgotten after graduation. These observations have provided an impetus for the BC Water Sustainability Committee to champion OUT = IN as the way to re-focus water supply planners,” stated Kim Stephens.

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Focus Group Workshop on “The State of Water Conservation in BC”


“The relationship between the Water Sustainability Action Plan and the Water Save Tool Kit is cascading—the Action Plan will provide a strategic framework, while the Tool Kit will offer a range of on-the-ground measures and approaches that will enable individuals and communities to achieve water conservation and water-use efficiency objectives,” explained Lynn Kriwoken.

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