British Columbia’s Green Communities Initiative

Green Communities Initiative: British Columbia leverages provincial funding to influence local government actions

“A mandate of the BC Ministry of Community & Rural Development is to foster partnerships, collaboration, innovation and integration. The goal is to build capacity that will result in sustainable, healthy and vibrant communities. There is a greater incentive for local governments to demonstrate how their innovation and integration will be effective in meeting the goals of both the Green Communities Initiative and Living Water Smart,” stated Glen Brown.

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Creating Liveable Communities and Protecting Stream Health: Helping goals become practice in BC

The Province enacted legislation (Bill 27) that will help municipalities and regional districts create more compact, sustainable and greener communities. The legislation came into force in June 2008. “The Province is leveraging its grants programs to influence changes on the ground. British Columbia is in transtion. Today, assessment criteria are based on a philosophy of ‘the greener the better’ Tomorrow, all projects must meet a green standard,” stated Catriona Weidman.

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Nature Knows No Boundaries – A Guide to Green Choices in British Columbia

In 2008, the Ministry of Community Development developed A Guide to Green Choices to help local governments continue the extensive work they were already doing in fostering green communities. “We have a series of initiatives within the Ministry that are integrated with other broader provincial initiatives. These are seeking to help us build green communities in our province. We all benefit from having attractive, liveable communities…with a healthy natural environment,” stated Dr. Laura Tate.

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A Guide to Green Choices: Ideas & Practical Advice for Land Use Decisions in Britsh Columbia Communities

“A key theme in A Guide to Green Choices is the notion of integration. It stems from a belief that the solid efforts already being made could be even stronger if they work together in the right direction — not at cross-purposes,” stated Laura Tate. This Guide is expected to work in tandem with many other programs and projects already underway, including Living Water Smart and the BC Climate Action Plan. Many of the ideas proposed in this Guide are eligible for funding through various provincial government programs

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