Dr. Peter Coombes a hit with Vancouver audience
The program for the Rainwater Harvesting Workshop in Vancouver was built around Dr. Peter Coombes of the University of Newcastle in Australia. Dr. Coombes is an engineer and a microbiologist who has achieved international recognition as a result of challenging conventional wisdom and championing new approaches for Urban Water Cycle Management in Australia. He is a prolific researcher and applied scientist, and typically delivers over 50 presentations a year to government and non-government organizations. In the photo above, Kim Stephens, Program Coordinator for the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia, presents Haida art by the renowned artist Bill Reid to Dr. Coombes (on the right). Dr. Coombes made four presentations. Click on the links below to view them:
Coombes#2: Water-Sensitive Urban Design On-the-Ground
The Vancouver Workshop was organized under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia, in particular the Convening for Action initiative, the purpose of which is to:
- Challenge individuals to step back from their existing paradigms (e.g. “big pipe”)
- Inform practitioners about the alternatives (e.g. rainwater harvesting)
- Provide them with tools and the experience to do things differently.
The workshop was co-moderated by Kim Stephens (Program Coordinator, Water Sustainability Action Plan) and Colwyn Sunderland (Demand Management Coordinator, Capital Regional District). Click on the links below for their open and closing presentations:
Kim Stephens: CONVENING FOR ACTION: Creating Our Future
Colwyn Sunderland: CONVENING FOR ACTION: Closing the Loop
In addition to the presentations by Dr. Coombes, Kim Stephens and Colwyn Sunderland, Norm Connolly of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation moderated a Panel Session that featured three Greater Vancouver applications of Rainwater Harvesting. Click on the links below to view these presentations:
Kent Smith & Akemi Sui: Rainwater Harvesting for Industrial Use at Pacific Coast Terminals in Port Moody
Ed Hoeppner: Residential Rainwater Harvesting on Hornby Island
A key message of the workshop was this: “The Urban Sector can learn from the Agricultural Sector: Rainwater harvesting is already meeting agricultural irrigation needs.” Click on the link below to view the presentation by Terry Lattimer, General Manager of South Alder Greenhouses Ltd.