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SPEC through Betsy's eyes 


Practical Solutions for Sustainable Cities

Founded in 1969, the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) is a non-profit charitable organization that addresses environmental issues in British Columbia, with a particular focus on urban communities in the Lower Mainland and the Georgia Basin.

Mission: To provide our community with practical solutions for urban sustainability.

Vision: A healthy, just and vibrant urban life that enhances local and global eco-systems.

Core Values:

Rooted in Community: We are local, grassroots and volunteer-driven. We collaborate with other community members and organizations as a way to strengthen community and increase our impact.

Respectful: We work with integrity and an open mindset. We listen to others and work to include other perspectives.

Empowering: Through a positive and fun environment we strive to support, nurture, enable and educate community members for action.

Purposeful: We value clarity, focus and a resilient structure that can make our work more effective and productive.


Education, Research & Advocacy

Through our public education programs and advocacy work, SPEC works hard to raise public awareness on issues and encourage policies and practices that lead to urban sustainability. We believe that by working together with citizens, government and industry we can reach our goal of creating a truly healthy, liveable environment. SPEC is a member-based society with an elected Board of Directors and a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. The Directors, members, staff and volunteers actively participate in SPEC’s on-going environmental projects. SPEC areas of work are: 
    • Food - building a more sustainable and resilient local food system
    • Energy - promoting energy conservation and the use of renewable energy
    • Transportation - advocating for sustainable transportation
    • Waste - promoting practices that lead to waste reduction
    • Land and Water - helping to protect our green and blue spaces
Society Promoting Environmental Conservation
2305 West 7th Ave
Vancouver, BC, V6K 1Y4

T: 604-736-7732
E: admin@spec.bc.ca admin@spec.bc.ca
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