Conservation Corner: What’s in a word – the Kryptonite Factor

When communicating with the public, we have to choose our words carefully. Use the ‘Kryptonite Factor’ to identify words and phrases that might be misunderstood. Terms we use within the industry may not resonate with the average person or, may turn them off entirely from what we hope to accomplish.

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Living Water Smart: A Plan for Water Sustainability in British Columbia

Living Water Smart is a blueprint for cultural, environmental, industrial, community and agricultural change that will help safeguard the province’s water resources into the future. Drawing on a variety of policy measures, including planning, regulatory change, education, and incentives like economic instruments and rewards, the plan commits to new actions and builds on existing efforts to protect and keep B.C.’s water healthy and secure.

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BC Water & Waste Association endorses “Living Water Smart: British Columbia’s Water Plan”

“Living Water Smart – British Columbia’s Water Plan” contains new elements of education, planning, policy, economic incentives and regulatory change aimed at protecting BC’s fresh water resources, particularly habitat and source water quality. Benefits are anticipated through action in many sectors, including business, cultural, education, industrial, environmental, communities and agriculture.

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Conservation Corner: PEER PRESSURE – conserving water because everyone is doing it

If you think peer pressure ends in high school, think again. The same peer pressure that forced some of us into clothing and hairstyles that haunt us decades later, when our children find our high school yearbooks, can be used to motivate people to conserve water. Studies conducted by Arizona State University conclude that “the ‘Everybody else is doing it’ message works better than trying to appeal to people’s sense of social responsibility, desire to save money or even their hope of safeguarding the earth for future generations.”

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Conservation Corner: It’s not easy being green – Water conservation challenges in municipal parks

Seven major themes emerged from interviews with municipal parks' managers in British Columbia.While all the parks departments survey actively to improve watering efficiency, only a select few are investigating ways to significantly reduce demand for water or implementing land management practices to conserve water. Nevertheless. they are doing the best they can given limited budgets, staff and conflicting priorities.

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