FLASHBACK TO 2010: “At the 2010 Power Smart Forum, we incorporated a session about Beyond the Guidebook 2010 because it demonstrates what can be accomplished when one implements a culture change,” stated BC Hydro’s Pia Nagpal (October)

“Beyond the Guidebook 2010 is the story of doing business differently in the local government setting, and connecting with the community. Government and large institutions, while needing to put in place broad policies and support systems, do not have enough influence by themselves to encourage individual behaviour change in support of conservation, at the level that is needed to maintain to adequately conserve out natural systems,” stated Pia Nagpal.

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GreenLink 2010 Conference provided a high-profile platform for promoting ‘Smarter Water Management’, showcasing Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan, and rolling out “Beyond the Guidebook 2010: Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia” (October 2010)

The two day GreenLink 2010 conference event attracted an international audience and “linked” the best of the best in Sustainable Communities, Finance, Technology and Government. “It was a real pleasure to take part in the Smarter Water Management panel and in particular to hear about the far-sighted and imaginative approach that the BC Government is taking to identifying, managing and educating people about the province’s water management issues. I am sure that this approach will provide lessons for other areas that seek to address their water management needs,” stated moderator Peter Williams.

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UBCM Annual Convention provides platform for rollout of ‘Beyond the Guidebook 2010’

“We will use this coming together of BC's local leaders to share and learn from each other's experiences, and gain ideas to move our own communities forward,” said Harry Nyce. “The spirit of collaboration and newfound bonds that we have fostered in 2010 are undeniably valuable. But without action, we cannot move our communities forward. This year’s Convention will offer an opportunity to…. take our goals, and forge them into tangible outcomes….and continue to build gold medal standard communities.”

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VANCOUVER GAINING GROUND SUMMIT: “When we gather it is for a purpose; there must be an outcome”, stated Kim Stephens when he explained the philosophy driving the Convening for Action in British Columbia, a program of the Partnership for Water Sustainability (October 2010)

“One reaches a point in one’s career and one’s life when talk is not enough… it is the action, the outcome (that is important). Convening for action is our branding. Convening for action as a provincial initiative has evolved over the last five years. We started in the South Okanagan. By 2006, we were ready to go a bigger scale. We said let’s take on a whole region. That became Convening for Action on Vancouver Island. We applied the lessons that we learned in the South Okanagan. We asked the question: what do we want this place to look like in 50 years?”, stated Kim Stephens.

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SYMPOSIUM ON PLANNING FOR RESILIENCE: “Collaborate and ‘design with nature’ to adapt to climate change,” urged Kim Stephens in a panel presentation on ‘Uncertain Water Supplies’ at the University of British Columbia (March 2010)

The School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC (SCARP) held its 2nd Annual Symposium in March 2010. The theme was Planning for Resilience. In his presentation, Kim Stephens responded to these questions: What potential crises is British Columbia facing presently or in the future regarding water? What is the state of current Provincial policies? What changes are needed and what lessons can we learn from other areas facing similar challenges?

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