“This transformational experience resulted in a new vision for constructing water and energy efficient buildings in a built environment that respects the natural environment. UVic is leading by example in implementing approaches and practices that achieve Design with Nature outcomes, and reduce physical impacts resulting from intensive urbanization,” stated Sarah Webb.
2008 Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series in the Capital Region
Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation at the University of Victoria: List of Water Bucket Stories
Situated at the headwaters of Bowker Creek, the University of Victoria, a community of more than 25,000 people, is a case study for green buildings and compact growth. “In the third of three events that comprised the 2008 Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation on Vancouver Island Series, the University of Victoria and POLIS Project showcased how each is ‘walking the talk’ in turning theory into action,” stated Jody Watson.
Convening for Action at the University of Victoria: Towards a New Infrastructure – Integrated and Water-Centric Planning
“The usual approach is to acquire land, decide what will be placed on it, then go about making it sustainable as possible. The layered approach effectively turns this upside down. Rather than being ‘fitted into the project’ after key decisions have been made, elements such as sustainability, amenity and social equity become the drivers of development outcomes,” explained Vic Derman.
Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation: Towards a New Infrastructure – Integrated and Water-Centric Planning at the University of Victoria and Beyond
“Emphasis will be on how water sustainability can be achieved through the ‘soft path’ for water and complemented by green infrastructure practices that flow from a Design with Nature guiding philosophy; especially when those infrastructure practices reflect a full and proper understanding of the relationship between land and water," reported Oliver Brandes.
Westhills is British Columbia’s largest LEED-Neighbourhood Development pilot project. “Westhills has design elements and community initiatives that create and nuture a strong sense of community; and a plan that incorporates leading-edge environmental technologies,” stated Darlene Tait. “The project integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green buildings into a system for neighbourhood design.”
Living Water Smart is the provincial government’s vision and plan to keep British Columbia’s water healthy and secure for the future. “The Showcasing Innovation Series adds depth to Living Water Smart by providing on-the-ground examples of the Province’s expectations look like in practice,” observed Lynn Kriwoken.
Convening for Action in the City of Langford: Integrated Service Delivery – Transforming the Community
At the heart of the City’s approach to innovation is its corporate philosophy for managing risk, learning by doing, and adapting quickly to new information and changing circumstances. “A corporate culture that is willing to accept and then manage risk with regards to infrastructure standards can open the door to creativity, innovation – and its rewards,” stated John Manson.
“Because it was one of the first Canadian pilots for LEED Neighbourhood Development, Westhills will help set a new national standard for community development that achieves objectives for socially and environmentally sustainable design. The Westhills plan addresses all six elements of a Design with Nature strategy as promoted by CAVI,” stated Emilie Adin.
“The Town of View Royal was the host municipality for the first of three events in ‘Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation: The 2008 Series’. The Town showcased its Transportation Master Plan, with the spotlight on the implementation strategy for reconstruction and enhancement of the old Island Highway in phases,” stated Kim Stephens.
“The goal is to promote networking, inform and educate practitioners, and help local governments move ‘from awareness to action’ in doing business differently — The New Business As Usual — through sharing of approaches, tools, experiences and lessons learned that will ultimately inform a pragmatic strategy for climate change adaptation,” stated John Finnie.