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FOSTERING URBAN SUSTAINABILITY SINCE 1969

SPEC is the oldest environmental non-profit in Canada. For more than 45 years SPEC has brought a range of environmental concerns to the attention of policy makers, industry and the public. 

Through its public education and advocacy work, SPEC has built a lasting legacy of environmental protection. Some of our most important achievements include:

  • advocating a moratorium on offshore oil exploration and transportation
  • advocating rapid transit such as the Sea-Bus across Burrard Inlet
  • founding the Recycle Council of BC (RCBC)
  • reducing the use of hazardous pesticides
  • lobbying for a provincial Land Commission Act to preserve BC farmland
  • pushing for the Berger Inquiry into the Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline
  • being a founding member of Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility
  • opposing BC Hydro's Site C dam in Northern BC
  • helping found the West Coast Environmental Law Association (WCELA)
  • helping stop the proposed Vancouver Island nuclear power plants
  • helping eliminate the use of DDT
  • establishing the first recycling depots in BC
  • playing a key role in preventing the privatization of the GVRD's water filtration plant
  • working to stop the SE2 power plant
  • promoting municipal by-laws to limit non-essential pesticide use


SPEC House picture: The SPEC team in 1972!  4 vertical lines, from top to bottom:

- 1st line: Peter Witte, Jim Bryan, Ken Pattern (and his dog!), Allison Appelbe. 

- 2d line: Ginny Howe Witte, Maggie Ziegler, ?, Gary Gallon. 

- 3d line: Steve Boyce, ?, Allan Fossen. 

- 4th line: Lindsay, Terry Chantler, ?, ?.

If you know any of the unidentified mystery people in the photo, please let us know!


Below you will find a video  covering some of SPECS's work in the last 5 decades. Below the video you will find timelines with campaigns and programs under a number of different themes.


SPEC through the Ages

Here is a summary of our work in the  last 46 years. You can also check out the detailed timelines below:




Over this time SPEC has called many different buildings home.

1969: SPEC opens an office and information centre at 4857 Kingsway in Burnaby

1972: SPEC moves to 1095 West 7thAve in Fairview Slops

1973: SPEC moves to 2007 West 4thAve

1976: SPEC moves to 1603 West 4thAve, under Granville Bridge

1979: SPEC moves to 3253 Heather St

1980: SPEC moves to 2150 Maple.

2011: SPEC moves to 2060 Pine St.

2014: SPEC moves to 2305 West 7th Ave


Society Promoting Environmental Conservation

2305 West 7th Ave 

Vancouver, BC  V6K 1Y4

T: 604.736.7732
E:  admin@spec.bc.ca

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