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This Guide’s purpose is to increase green building uptake in BC, by providing a central resource to the suite of regulatory and policy tools currently available to BC local governments to support and promote green building design and practices. The Guide’s aim is to provide targeted guidance.

Author: Rutherford, Susan
Publication Date: January 2006
Pages: 68

The 2005 Draft GVRD Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) lacks much of the specificity that made the 1994 AQMP a success. While objectives for ambient air quality have been improved, there are no clear objectives for reductions in emissions.

Author: Rolfe, Chris; Klenavic, Nancy
Publication Date: May 2005
Pages: 14

This report is aimed at providing background information and analysis that will assist attendees at a workshop convened by the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection to discuss air quality issues on and around Indian Reserves.

Author: Rolfe, Chris
Publication Date: February 2005
Pages: 34

The Green Infrastructure Partnership (GIP) is a consortium of four organizations that share a vision for developing and implementing a Model Subdivision Bylaw and Green Infrastructure Standards that will present options for land development regulation province-wide.

Author: Master Municipal Construction Document Association; Water Sustainability Committee of the B.C. Water & Waste Association; West Coast Environmental Law Association; Ministry of Community, Aboriginal & Women?s Services
Publication Date: June 2004
Pages: 40

On October 21, 2003 the BC government passed its Bill 57, the Environmental Management Act. Bill 57 replaces BC's main pollution law, the Waste Management Act, with a new regime that is part of the BC government's deregulation initiative.

Author: Gage, Andrew
Publication Date: January 2004
Pages: 7

Smart growth is taking off in British Columbia. In recognition of BC’s leadership role, West Coast Environmental Law has developed a Smart Bylaws Guide to assist local governments to implement smart growth strategies through policy and bylaw changes.

Author: Curran, Deborah
Publication Date: December 2003
Pages: 40

Many municipalities and developers in British Columbia are emerging as North American leaders in smart growth practices at the regional and local scale. Residents are demanding more choices in where they live and the quality of neighbourhoods and job opportunities.

Author: Curran, Deborah
Publication Date: December 2003
Pages: 52

Note: This is a summary of our larger, 78 page document of the same title.  The larger report may

Author: Coriolis Consulting Corp.
Publication Date: September 2003
Pages: 7

The purpose of the Draft Community Charter is to provide more autonomy to, and require accountability from, municipalities. This allows municipalities to craft place-specific solutions that respond to local conditions.

Author: Curran, Deborah
Publication Date: December 2002
Pages: 26

We agree with the authors of the Discussion Paper that there are some significant problems with the current Act and its regulations.

Author: Gage, Andrew
Publication Date: November 2002
Pages: 15