Township of Langley will host second in ‘2007 Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series’
The event theme for Celebrating Green Infrastructure is “Harmony and Integration”
The Green Infrastructure Partnership has announced that the Township of Langley will host the second event in a series of three events that comprise Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation In Greater Vancouver: The 2007 Series. The Langley event will be on Friday, October 5. For more information on the series, please click here.
According to Brad Badelt, Manager of Water Resources and Environment, “The Township of Langley will showcase what can be accomplished with large-scale projects when Council, the community and staff are in alignment and embrace a ‘green culture’. Resource protection – for groundwater supply and fisheries habitat – is the driver for implementing green infrastructure.”
Three new neighbourhood communities illustrate how a ‘water-centric’ approach is changing the way that land is developed. Each development has built on the experience of the last in raising the bar for the next.
“Featured projects will be the Routley, Yorkson and Northeast Gordon Estates neighbourhoods. Routley is defined by a multi-purpose greenway and shallow infiltration systems on individual residential properties. Yorkson has a ‘third-pipe system’ for roof drainage; as well, it has a sand filtration treatment system plus deep-well injection for aquifer recharge. Northeast Gordon Estates is distinguished by its green streets”, adds Ramin Seifi, Acting Director of the Community Development Division.
Green Infrastructure Partnership
The Green Infrastructure Partnership was formed in 2003 and is a consortium of four organizations. Under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan, the mission of the Green Infrastructure Partnership is to facilitate implementation of design with nature infrastructure practices and regulation province-wide. If we design with nature, then the water balance can be maintained or even restored over time.
According to Paul Ham, Chair of the Green Infrastructure Partnership, “The purpose of the Showcasing Innovation Series is to celebrate… and build on…the on-the-ground successes that are enhancing the ways communities are being developed and water is being managed.”
“The goal 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”, adds Paul Ham, whose day job with the City of Surrey is General Manager, Engineering.
Posted June 2007