When we convene in forums such as Showcasing Innovation, it is not just to listen. We want to use what we have learned so that we can take action and make a difference in our professional lives. That difference is to change the way we develop land.
British Columbia’s Green Infrastructure Partnership
Vincent Lalonde and John Sidnell represent MMCD on Green Infrastructure Partnership Steering Committee
In November 2008 Raymond Fung, Chair of the Green Infrastructure Partnership (GIP), announced that Vincent Lalonde and John Sidnell will represent the Master Municipal Construction Documents Association (MMCD) on the GIP Steering Committee.
“Looking ahead, our vision is that the Green Infrastructure Partnership will build on the foundation provided by past successes; and can then play an integrating role to cut across disciplines and ultimately help communities create neighbourhoods that integrate both good planning and innovative engineering designs, for overall greater sustainability,” stated Ray Fung.
“The Green Infrastructure Partnership has achieved a great deal over the past four years, and can take credit for spurring innovation in the BC engineering community. Now, there are parallel programs such as Local Motion and the Gas Tax Agreement that recast the opportunity to make the every day investments that will lead us to the right place,” stated Dale Wall.
Building on the interest and momentum generated by successful series on both sides of the Georgia Basin in 2007, 'CAVI – Convening for Action on Vancouver Island' is collaborating with the Capital Regional District and the Green Infrastructure Partnership to organize 'Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation in the Capital Region: The 2008 Series'.
Looking back, and in terms of green infrastructure, much of what has happened in British Columbia can be traced back to October 1997 and who was in the room when the Union of BC Municipalities convened a focus group workshop on the Fish Protection Act. This focus group session resulted in the SmartStorm Forum Series.
The Green Infrastructure Partnership is collaborating with the Greater Vancouver Regional District, two member municipalities (Delta and Langely Township)and UniverCity to present 'Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation In Greater Vancouver: The 2007 Series'. 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.
Green infrastructure is associated with the management of water that runs off the land. Green infrastructure is also associated with how water is used.
The Convening for Action on Vancouver Island Partnership is collaborating with three regional districts and their member municipalities to present 'Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation on Vancouver Island: The 2007 Series'. The purpose of the Showcasing Innovation Series is to promote networking and sharing of on-the-ground experience. The series enables local governments to 'tell their stories' in a way that no other forum currently provides.
CAVI is the acronym for Convening for Action on Vancouver Island. CAVI is a regional pilot program that is being implemented under the umbrella of the “Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia”. The purpose of CAVI is to provide research and education for practitioners (primarily local government administrators, engineers, planners and elected officials) so that they can plan for sustainable water resources in the context of burgeoning settlement activity.