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Ecosystem Services Are Important

There are many problems in today’s world, and two of the most pressing are climate change and species extinctions. It is easy to lose hope; when unable to imagine a … Ecosystem Services Are Important Read More »

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Farm to Plate Marketplace – Rethinking Our Food Systems

Written by Christina Papadatos-Dupont (Farm-to-Plate Marketing Manager) In Canada, $8.11 billion worth of food is wasted every year at the distribution and retail stages of our food supply chain (source: The Avoidable … Farm to Plate Marketplace – Rethinking Our Food Systems Read More »

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Fall Garden Maintenance

Written by Dr. Carole Christopher, SPEC Guiding Elder, Director, Master Gardener It’s mid November and we are in the middle of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A lot … Fall Garden Maintenance Read More »

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The Neuroscience of Gardening

Written by Nicole Greig This fall, I am starting my 3rd term at University of British Columbia (UBC) in the Behavioural Neuroscience program. The key thing I’ve learned in university … The Neuroscience of Gardening Read More »

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Six Reasons Why You Should Donate on Giving Tuesday

Written by Robin Hadac. Robin is an incoming board member and former Communications Coordinator at SPEC. She is passionate about environmental causes and loves inspiring others through storytelling. After Cyber … Six Reasons Why You Should Donate on Giving Tuesday Read More »

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An Interview with Daniel Rotman, a Director at SPEC

This article was originally posed on Reel Causes, the host of this event. On April 17th, Reel Causes is screening Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, a cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of … An Interview with Daniel Rotman, a Director at SPEC Read More »

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5 Tips for Eco-Conscious Declutting

By Alice Robertson Decluttering is a growing trend, but are Canadians truly committing to a minimalist lifestyle or is decluttering just an excuse to clear up space for more stuff? … 5 Tips for Eco-Conscious Declutting Read More »

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Members Corner – November Edition

Members’ Corner is a monthly blog series where SPEC members share their favourite sustainability-related resources. You should watch: Can Sustainable Plastics Save Us?  featuring Dr. Love-Ese Chile – Webcast  Daniel Rotman, … Members Corner – November Edition Read More »

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Proportional Representation or First Past the Post?

By Dr. Carole Christopher, SPEC President We’re told that sharing our intentions with friends may influence their decision about whether to vote and how to vote in the referendum on … Proportional Representation or First Past the Post? Read More »

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Saving the City’s Wildlife

By Ali Dawson Living in the city, it’s not every day that you get a chance to connect with nature. Spending too much time living in the concrete jungle can … Saving the City’s Wildlife Read More »

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Members Corner – October Edition

Members’ Corner is a monthly blog series where SPEC members share their favourite sustainability-related resources. You should read: the article “The Future of Cities” by Taras Grescoe Art Bomke, SPEC Board … Members Corner – October Edition Read More »

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Preparing to Vote on Proportional Representation

By Dr. Carole Christopher, SPEC President Ballots will arrive in October for the referendum on Proportional Representation (PR.) It’s an opportunity to express your point of view on whether to … Preparing to Vote on Proportional Representation Read More »

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Fireworks…HMMM

By SPEC President, Dr. Carole Christopher Fireworks. I found myself consciously not watching the fireworks this year. A couple of decades ago in the early years of this annual event, … Fireworks…HMMM Read More »

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Met the Zero Waste Champions from Emily Carr Elementary

An inside look on how Emily Carr Elementary completely revamped their waste system and diverted 800 pounds of recyclables from the landfill. Teacher Cadine (left) with the team of student … Met the Zero Waste Champions from Emily Carr Elementary Read More »

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July Members Corner

Members’ Corner is a new, monthly blog series where SPEC members share our favourite sustainability-related resources. You should watch: Merchants of Doubt Amarita Pooni, Westside Community Food Market Coordinator A documentary … July Members Corner Read More »

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The Fight Against Site C is Still On!

We recently posted a blog post by SPEC’s President, Dr. Carole Christopher, on creating dialogue and building solidarity across differences. While the post mentions the Kinder Morgan Pipeline issue that seems to … The Fight Against Site C is Still On! Read More »

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John Norquay: The School Garden Buzzing with Excitement

By Robin Hadac and Nikoo Boroumand At the Farm to School BC Spring Celebration, one of the schools SPEC works with, John Norquay Elementary, was awarded the highest award for … John Norquay: The School Garden Buzzing with Excitement Read More »

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Building Solidarity Across Differences

By Dr. Carole Christopher, SPEC President & Elder Image: Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain Expansion construction. From Burnaby Now. SPEC opposes the local pipeline expansion on the basis of environmental risk. But we … Building Solidarity Across Differences Read More »

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Members’ Corner – June Edition

Members’ Corner is a new, monthly list of recommendations on our favourite sustainability-related resources. You Should Read: How To Have a Zero Waste Kitchen, by Tony Naylor at The Guardian Ruth … Members’ Corner – June Edition Read More »

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Need a Charge? Electric Vehicle Charging in Older Apartments

By Andre Jankowski, from SPEC Energy Committee Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular in Vancouver. The annual sales of EVs are rapidly increasing reflecting the growing desire among the … Need a Charge? Electric Vehicle Charging in Older Apartments Read More »

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Right to Dry: Tips to Save Energy While Drying Clothing

By Carole Christopher Carole is SPEC’s President and sits on the Food and Environment Committee. She is also an important part of SPEC’s Elder’s Circle program. Now that you know how … Right to Dry: Tips to Save Energy While Drying Clothing Read More »

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Recap From the 2018 Small Scale Farmers’ Symposium

By Olga Lansdorp Olga is the program manager for SPEC’s Climate Change Adaptation for Small Scale Farmers program.  It was a cold, windy morning in late January, but that didn’t stop the … Recap From the 2018 Small Scale Farmers’ Symposium Read More »

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Revitalizing the Right to Dry Campaign

Presented by the SPEC Energy & Transportation Committee For Vancouver residents hoping to reduce energy consumption at home, switching from a clothes dryer to a clothesline is an easy and … Revitalizing the Right to Dry Campaign Read More »

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Time to Update the Motor Vehicle Act

By Chris Gooderham, a member of SPEC’s Board and the Energy & Transportation Committee As road traffic in the Vancouver area increases with the use of more vehicles, bicycles, e-bikes, skateboards, … Time to Update the Motor Vehicle Act Read More »

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BC Wildfires in the Context of Climate Change

By Robin Hadac Robin has been SPEC’s outreach facilitator since January. She wrote this piece for her course on climate change. From the Elephant Hill Fire in the Ashcroft/Cache Creek … BC Wildfires in the Context of Climate Change Read More »

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Bugging Out

By Olga Lansdorp, Project Coordinator, Climate Change Adaptation for Small Scale Farmers, Society Promoting Environmental Conservation Have you ever had your eyes opened to a new way of seeing the … Bugging Out Read More »

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Ensuring Environmental Health Means Addressing Asbestos

By Anna Suarez, a public health advocate focused on raising awareness about how the built environment and the presence of toxins can influence human health. Sustainability, or the ability to … Ensuring Environmental Health Means Addressing Asbestos Read More »

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On the Impact of SPEC’s School Gardens Program

By Janey Lee, Teacher at Thunderbird Elementary, SPEC Fundraiser and Celebration Speech,  Good evening everyone. My name is Janey Lee and for the past 19 years I have been proudly … On the Impact of SPEC’s School Gardens Program Read More »

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Collaboration is the Name of the Sustainability Game

By Daniel Rotman. Daniel is a co-facilitator of Master Recycler Vancouver. I’m a strong believer in the idea that sustainability requires us (all of us) to reach beyond our circles … Collaboration is the Name of the Sustainability Game Read More »

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A New Perspective on Your Local Market

By Amrita Pooni Amrita is a student entering her final year of university. She is majoring in a B.A. of International Relations at the University of British Columbia. She is currently interning with the Society Promoting … A New Perspective on Your Local Market Read More »

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Catalyzing Social Connections

The City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health combine to host discussions on catalyzing social connections In 2012, the Vancouver Foundation presented the results of a survey of … Catalyzing Social Connections Read More »

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Jess Metter: The Most Dedicated Admin Volunteer

Jess Metter holding Betsy Fox “She was the most dedicated admin volunteer I have ever encountered.” Former SPEC Director Dan Rogers All volunteers are precious to community groups because they … Jess Metter: The Most Dedicated Admin Volunteer Read More »

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Meet Your Farmer: Q&A With Karly Pinch of Shady Acre Farm

Written by Karla Olsen Why did you become a farmer? “I left my office job to look for more fulfilling work in the environmental sector and through volunteering discovered that … Meet Your Farmer: Q&A With Karly Pinch of Shady Acre Farm Read More »

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School Gardens Program Summer Wrap-Up

Written by Karla Olson It has been a fruitful, and veggieful, year at the school gardens!Thanks to the School Gardens Program, we have seen that the best way to get … School Gardens Program Summer Wrap-Up Read More »

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The SPEC Elders Circle – Reclaiming Elder Wisdom

Written by Carole Christopher, SPEC President The SPEC Elders Circle is a new initiative within SPEC that’s rooted in the belief that elders and society have much to gain by elders embracing … The SPEC Elders Circle – Reclaiming Elder Wisdom Read More »

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An “Intern”ational Perspective on Earth Day with SPEC

Written by SPEC Intern Jamie As an intern at SPEC, I´ve received so much information about everything environmental. And there is something important I would like to share with you. … An “Intern”ational Perspective on Earth Day with SPEC Read More »

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Is Being an Elder an Environmental Matter?

SPEC just received a small, but significant grant, to start the Environmental Elders Engagement Initiative, or the SPEC Elders Project, for short. In a recent interview on CBC, David Suzuki, considered one … Is Being an Elder an Environmental Matter? Read More »

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Profile of Gary Gallon

“Who’s the guy with the afro?” This iconic picture of SPEC’s early days often draws that question. His name is Gary Gallon. For us, his name stands for leadership and … Profile of Gary Gallon Read More »

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What Impressed Me About this Ad

How to communicate with our audience? As many other charities and environmental organizations, we look for ways to communicate to the public the issues and solutions we think are important. … What Impressed Me About this Ad Read More »

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Two Ways to Show Your Love This Valentine’s Day

Why is chocolate an environmental issue? Because palm oil, an ingredient used in some chocolates, is the main driver behind much of the deforestation happening in tropical peat forests of Indonesia and Malaysia, … Two Ways to Show Your Love This Valentine’s Day Read More »

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Phantom Leaks

Written by Dr. Carole Christopher, SPEC President Phantom leaks occur when microwaves, computers, TVs, and other electrical devices continue to draw energy even when they’re turned off, up to 15%. The solution—unplug … Phantom Leaks Read More »

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Profile on Terry Chantler

By Dr. Carole Christopher, SPEC President Last year, in preparation for our 45th anniversary celebration, I reviewed SPEC’s historical campaigns (1) and successfully connected with nearly 100 SPEC activists from the … Profile on Terry Chantler Read More »

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Massey Bridge Project and the ALR

By Kimi Hendess from Farmwatch BC The Fraser River needs your help.  LNG, Coal, Jet Fuel… numerous proposed industrial projects in this sensitive estuary hinge on tankers gaining access up-river … Massey Bridge Project and the ALR Read More »

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Canadian Cities Ranked on Solar Energy Policy

Vancouver and Surrey ranked lowest Vancouver, BC – 2015 May 12 – SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation) has released the first ranking of  Canadian cities-based on solar energy policy.  Amongst the … Canadian Cities Ranked on Solar Energy Policy Read More »

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Bunker Fuel Spill in English Bay Raises Alarm Bells

By now, most people have seen photos and read news accounts of the fuel spill that occurred on April 8th, 2015 in English Bay, the impacts of which are still … Bunker Fuel Spill in English Bay Raises Alarm Bells Read More »

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The Transportation Vote: Exploring Opportunities and Concerns

A SPEC hosted forum on March 26th Between March 16 and May 29, 2015, Metro Vancouverites will be facing one of the most important regional decisions affecting our and future generations: whether to approve or … The Transportation Vote: Exploring Opportunities and Concerns Read More »

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