“The case study exercise worked for me. Thanks to the inspiration provided by the other members of the working group, I came away with a concept design for a street enhancement project. The exercise demonstrated the power of brainstorming when a group has something specific to focus their creativity,” stated Gary Pleven.
“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.
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.
“CAVI is a collective effort to see where we can go on Vancouver Island, and do it in a way that is a little bit different. CAVI represents a genuine team effort,” stated Eric Bonham.
CAVI explained: Roundtable of Vancouver Island partnerships provides leadership in water sustainability
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. By 2010, the CAVI vision is that Vancouver Island will be well on its way to achieving water sustainability.
“CAVI brings together those who plan and regulate land use (local government), those who build (developers) and those who provide the legislative framework (the Province),” states Jack Hall, REFBC Governor and founding member of the CAVI Leadership Team.
The REFBC uses the term “green value” as a generic reference to use and conservation of land and real estate that achieves social and economic goals while minimizing harmful effects on ecological assets.
Creating Our Future on Vancouver Island – Green Infrastructure Leadership Forum will initiate a dialogue about A Positive Settlement Strategy
“Communities in the Georgia Basin are being transformed by settlement and economic growth. The goal of the Green Leadership Leadership Forum is to start a conversation that will lead to a region-wide dialogue in 2008 around achieving settlement in balance with ecology on Vancouver Island,” stated Kim Stephens.
Creating our Future Workshop at Gaining Ground Summit set the stage for Showcasing Innovation Series and Green Infrastructure Leadership Forum
The workshop celebrated Vancouver Island success stories and provided context for green value, designing with nature, green infrastructure and water sustainability.
“The report is great. All forums/seminars should provide a similar recap, as it provides attendees the ability to easily share what they learned with others, and may possibly save the same attendees hours of report writing time if they are required to prepare summary reports for their senior managers or Committee/Councils,” stated Bryan Shoji.