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POLIS Water Act Modernization Submission

In April 2010, Oliver Brandes submitted a position paper to the Government of British Columbia's Water Act Modernization Process.  As recognized by Government in Living Water Smart, BC water laws need to be revised in order to sustain the environment and the social and economic well being of British Columbians. This formal submission offers the position of the University of Victoria’s POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and answers the call of the Ministry of Environment and Premier of British Columbia to provide solutions for securing our water future.

Submission

POLIS delivers Water-Energy Nexus video at meeting of the Water Guardians Network

This video presentation provides an overview of POLIS' second report on the water-energy nexus. The report offers Ontario’s first estimate of the large quantities of energy used to pump, treat and heat water and to generate steam. The study reveals that pumping and treating water and wastewater consumes enough energy to light every home in the province. In addition, heating water for activities such as showering and doing laundry was found to be the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the residential and commercial sectors because of the heavy reliance on fossil fuels. As a result of these findings, initiatives to support greater water conservation and efficiency could be a path to realizing future energy savings, to the benefit of municipalities, taxpayers and our environment.

Check it out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro86QMt3jOA

Thinking Beyond Pipes & Pumps: Urban Water Management for the 21st Century

In November 2008, Oliver M Brandes and Susanne Porter-Bopp presented "Thinking Beyond Pipes & Pumps: Urban Water Management for the 21st Century" at the Second National Conference and Policy Forum on Water Efficiency and Conservation. Watch the presentation.

Thinking Like a Watershed: Ecological governance concepts, trends and applications

In November 2008, Oliver M Brandes presented "Thinking Like a Watershed: Ecological governance concepts, trends and applications" to the Collaborative Watershed Governance Initiative, a group that promotes the shift towards ecosystem management in British Columbia. Watch the presentation.

Towards a New Infrastructure: Integrated and Watercentric Planning at the University of Victoria and Beyond

On Friday, October 10, 2008 the Water Sustainability Project at POLIS hosted a workshop for regional districts and municipalities on "Towards a New Infrastructure: Integrated and Watercentric Planning at the University of Victoria and Beyond" in partnership with Convening for Action on Vancouver Island (CAVI) and UVic's Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability. Read the summary report.

Vote Environment

POLIS recently co-organized Vote Environment, a Victoria federal all-candidates meeting on environmental issues. Moderated by CBC Radio's On the Island host Gregor Craigie. Co-sponsored by Sierra Club BC, Dogwood Initiative, Conservation Voters of BC, Western Canada Wilderness Committee and BC Sustainable Energy Association.

POLIS Meets with Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

On March 7, POLIS Associates Oliver Brandes, Rod Dobell and Kelly Bannister met with seven officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) during their cross Canada study tour to provide a briefing on POLIS’ work on ecological governance, sustainability, and key environmental priorities for Canada.

A Critical Balance: BC Hydro's Proposed Site C Hydroelectric Dam Project

POLIS hosted a special presentation as part of the POLIS Discussion Series by Chief Roland Willson (West Moberly First Nations), Wayne Sawchuk (Activist & winner of the 2006 Canadian Environmentalist's Silver Medal Award), and Norine Wark (Peace Valley Environment Association and founding member of Keepers of the Water). The presentation took place on Tuesday, Mar 4 and was entitled "A Critical Balance: BC Hydro's Proposed Site C Hydroelectric Dam Project."

Sustainability: Institutional and Individual Leadership

POLIS Associates Jamie Biggar and Kelly Bannister were invited to speak as panelists at the Joint Senate-Board of Governors Retreat on "Sustainability: Institutional and Individual Leadership" at Dunsmuir Lodge on March 1. Jamie Biggar's presentation was part of a panel presentation called "Sustainability at UVic: The Past and The Possibilities". Jamie addressed two questions: "How has Common Energy benefited from multi-stakeholder engagement?" and "What are some of the proposal ideas that have been generated through the network to move UVic beyond climate neutral?" Kelly's presentation was part of a panel on "Engagement with Community and Society on Sustainability Issues". Kelly addressed the question "How can the University build sustainable relationships with communities to facilitate collaboration on sustainability issues?".

Victoria's Wastewater: Land-Based Treatment...or Something Better?

The Maritime Awards Society of Canada is convening a Forum and Workshop entitled "Victoria's Wastewater: Land-Based Treatment...or Something Better? at the University of Victoria. Free public forum on Thursday evening, Feb 21. Registration is required for the day long workshop on Fri, Feb 22. For further details and links to the registration site, see www.maritimeawards.ca/forum2008