Municipality of Delta will host first in ‘2007 Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series’
The event theme for celebrating Green Infrastructure is “Greener Developments, Roadside Rainwater Management, and the Urban Forest”
The Green Infrastructure Partnership has announced that the Municipality of Delta will host the first event in a series of three events that comprise Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation In Greater Vancouver: The 2007 Series. The Delta event will be on Friday, September 21. For more information on the series, click on
According to Ian Radnidge, Director of Engineering, “The Corporation of Delta will showcase how progress towards sustainability on-the-ground is being made incrementally through small steps. Changes in standard municipal practices that are being implemented today will ripple through time and result in cumulative benefits.”
Moving ‘green infrastructure’ from awareness to action requires a way to measure progress. The 100-acre Delsom Estates residential community illustrates how the Sustainable Template for Development has been applied through a collaborative process to achieve a ‘design with nature’ outcome.
“About 1/3 of the urban landscape is typically covered by road rights-of-way. This creates opportunities to capture rain where it falls and restore it to natural hydrologic pathways. Delta is implementing landscape-based solutions to rainwater management; and is planting an urban forest to mitigate climate change”, adds Hugh Fraser, Manager of Utilities.
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