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.
“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.