“Convening for Action is our mantra. When we gather, it is for a purpose. There must be an action item or an outcome. Our aim is to move from talk to action by developing tools, building capacity, and providing training,” states Ray Fung. He was Chair of the Water Sustainability Committee when it developed the Action Plan in partnership with the Province.
Turning Ideas Into Action
When we attend forums such as the “Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series”, we want to use what we have learned so that we can take action and make a difference.
“While we are very good at measuring settlement, mainly in financial terms, we have not been that effective in quantifying the ecological impacts. This disconnect in measuring what matters has historically resulted in an unbalanced approach when making development and infrastructure decisions,” stated Tim Pringle.
2010 UBCM Annual Convention provided forum for reporting out on implementation success of Water Sustainability Action Plan
“Because our vision is to advance water-centric green infrastructure, it was essential that we have high-level political endorsement. UBCM provided us with a platform to showcase what we have accomplished on the ground,” stated Ted van der Gulik.
Implementing a New Culture for Urban Watershed Protection and Restoration in British Columbia: ‘ISMP Course Correction Series’
“Cities are all about choices – choices that become reality very quickly, with lasting consequences. Over the 21st century -the urban century – much will depend on getting the choices right,” stated former Premier Mike Harcourt. The 5-part series is designed to inform local governments and others about the paradigm-shift to landscape-based ‘RAINwater’ from pipe-and convey ‘STORMwater’; and what this means for watershed-based planning.
“The rolling 6-month average exceeds 4000 visits per month. We attribute this large jump to the cumulative enhancements that we have been systematically implementing over the past two years. These enhancements encompass both technology fixes and content evolution,” states Mike Tanner, Chair.
“Convening for Action is a framework that brings stakeholders together, supported by the province, but led by local government. Collaboration and integration is a true bottom-up approach that identifies the issue and then seeks to address it through the alignment of all stakeholders, with emphasis on local government needs,” stated Glen Brown.
Moving Toward a Water Balance Way-of-Thinking and Acting in British Columbia: Vision and Mission for Achieving Water Sustainability
“The vision of the Partnership is that water sustainability will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies and practices. The Partnership mission is to facilitate change,” states Tim Pringle.
Moving Toward a Water Balance Way-of-Thinking and Acting in British Columbia: Goals and Objectives for Achieving Water Sustainability
“Establish partnerships with those who share a vision to add the 'water dimension' to community planning and land development, and to promote change at four scales – region, neighbourhood, site and building,” said Kim Stephens. “Build support for a paradigm-shift in British Columbia that, over time, will result in water being at the heart of decision-making for human activities.”
Moving Toward a Water Balance Way-of-Thinking and Acting in British Columbia: Points of Reference for the BCWWA Water Sustainability Committee
“The former Water Sustainability Committee was a broadly based roundtable of organizations that had a specific interest or mission in implementing the Water Sustainability Action Plan. The roundtable encompassed government organizations, non-government associations, the private sector and universities,” stated Ted van der Gulik.