Choosing To Do Business Differently
Incorporated as a non-profit society, the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia had its genesis in the Water Sustainability Committee of the BC Water & Waste Association. From 2003 through 2010, that committee was the hub for a "convening for action" network that has been advancing change in a local government setting. The Partnership is now that hub.
"The Partnership vision is that water sustainability will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies and practices. The Partnership mission is to facilitate change by helping the Province implement Living Water Smart, British Columbia’s Water Plan and the Green Communities Initiative on the ground," states Tim Pringle, President of the Partnership.
"The Partnership is building on and continuing the work that has gone on before under the umbrella of the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia. The Action Plan has allowed the Province to leverage partnerships to greatly enhance the profile and resulting impact of Living Water Smart since its release in 2008. The strategy for leading and implementing change is called Convening for Change in British Columbia. It is about choosing to do business differently. The Partnership has branded this as The New Business As Usual", concludes Tim Pringle.
“A provincial policy framework is now in place that enables municipalities to ‘do business differently’ in order to design their communities to live in harmony with water,” adds Lynn Kriwoken, Director, Water Protection & Sustainability Branch in the Ministry of Environment, and the Province’s lead person for delivery of Living Water Smart. “By living water smart, communities will be more prepared for climate change and their quality of life will be enhanced.”
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