Convening for Action in 2008

Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation in the Town of View Royal: The New Business As Usual

“Rain gardens are a core element of the Design with Nature strategy for the Island Highway Enhancement Project through the Town of View Royal. The ultimate objective of the strategy for retrofitting rain gardens is to protect and restore water quality in Portage Inlet. This requires a major shift in the way homeowners think about their road frontage,” stated Lehna Malmkvist.

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The New Business As Usual: "Design with Nature" in British Columbia and be rewarded with infrastructure grants

“The community has embraced a holistic, ecosystem approach that looks for opportunities and synergies to achieve multiple objectives when replacing and/or retrofitting infrastructure. In 2007, the Town’s vision and innovation was rewarded by a $7.4 million grant to fund the first phase of the old Island Highway project. A driver is restoration of water quality in Portage Inlet, often described as the jewel of Victoria,” stated Emmet McCusker.

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Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series promotes consistent provincial approach to rainwater management and green infrastructure

“The desired outcome is that a common understanding of challenges and solutions will result in consistent expectations at front counters across Vancouver Island. To that end, the purpose of the seminars is to bring together representatives of planning, engineering, operations, building services, environment and parks departments from various municipalities. When developers and development consultants hear a consistent message about what is expected of them, we believe this will further accelerate doing business differently,” stated Kim Stephens.

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2008 Comox Valley Learning Lunch Seminar Series: stories posted on other communities-of-interest (COI)

Ron Neufeld used a driver training analogy to emphasize what makes good policy. “Good policy is knowing where the horizon that you know where you want to get to,” he told his audience. He then elaborated on the elements of a bottom-up and regional team approach to implementing provincial policy. “Success depends on cooperation across jurisdictional boundaries,” he underscored

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