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    • 13 Feb 2019
    • 14 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • Kits House: 2305 west 7th Ave, Vancouver

    Meet with members of SPEC's Food & Environment Committee. The meeting is free and visitors are welcomed.

    Note: the February meeting will be held on the second Wednesday of the month, on Feb 13.

    As development of our new Ecosystem Services on Farmland project ramps up, the February Food & Environment committee meeting will include a discussion on how to focus the project's mission and what kind of goals it would like to achieve. If you are interested in planning and project development, and have a keen interest in farming or protecting agricultural land, we would love to have your input!

    In preparation for the meeting, please review the following document that gives more information on the project, and the discussion questions we will cover.

    Brainstorming Session Document


    Location: Kits House: 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver

    Schedule: The 2nd Tuesday of each month, from 5:30pm - 7pm

    Room: Ask at the front desk for the room location. 

    New? Meet Leadership Team members Olga Lansdorp, Art Bomke, and Tara Moreau. To read about their passion for our environment, go to Our People 
    • 13 Feb 2019
    • (PST)
    • 13 Nov 2019
    • (PST)
    • 10 sessions
    • 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver

    Update for Feb 13 Meeting:

    We would like to invite you to the graduation celebration for our Master Recycler 2018 cohort. It will be a relaxed, informal gathering in which we will award certificates to the people that completed the program, as well as a chance to meet, network and mingle together.

    We will serve some food and drinks, and the event will be vegan.

    Details: Wed, Feb 13, 2019, 6:30pm-8pm (instead of the regular committee meeting) at the 2nd floor boardroom, at 1055 W Broadway

    Monthly Meeting Details:

    Location: Kits House, 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC  V6K 1Y4

    Time: 6:30pm – 8pm: The meetings are free and visitors are welcome.

    Schedule: The 2nd Wednesday of each month (with some exceptions).

    Please email if you have any questions.

    Past Update for Nov 14th Meeting:

    Meeting location: Online via Google Hangouts

    Please visit for more information about the system. It's very easy.

    Meeting Link

    Visit the above link at 6:30pm to join the meeting!

    Note: You can try the meeting link before the meeting time to ensure that you can access it. 

    You will be able to check your mic and camera and join the hangout even if no one is there.

    Meeting Agenda:

    1. Introductions and Acknowledgements
    2. Project Updates / Announcements
    3. Waste Committee ToolBox Discussion - Please check out the Google Doc to see the Living Project file. You all are welcome to view and comment on the file.
    4. Planning the Waste Committee Presentation for SPEC AGM on Dec 6
    5. Your agenda item here (please email to add your agenda item)

    For this week's meeting, please review the Living Project file, make comments and think about the following:

    - Which solutions from the brainstorming page you like and that you might want to work on, you can comment on them as you wish

    - Additional solutions, ideas, and solution areas to add to the brainstorming page

    - Research documents, public initiative documents

    - Comments and feedback about the project idea and any feedback are welcome. You can share it during the meeting or in an email at any time to

    Past Updates for October 10th Meeting:

    Hello Waste Committee!

    Exciting times are ahead as we take a new direction for the coming year. My name is Daniel, I sit on the Board of Directors with SPEC, and I will be co-leading the committee again (I led the committee back in 2015-2016). I also Co-Direct and Co-facilitate the Master Recycler Vancouver Program, and run a consulting company at the crossroads of waste management and behaviour change. I am excited to be working with the committee again in this capacity. 

    Please find the agenda below.


    1. Introductions and Acknowledgements
    2. Project Updates
    3. New Committee Direction -  Creating Practical Solutions to Urban Waste Problems (See more below)
    4. Your agenda item here (please email to add your agenda item)

    Project Proposal: Creating Practical Solutions to Urban Waste Problems

    SPEC’s Mission and Vision:
    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.

    Project Guiding Questions:
    Considering SPEC’s Mission, how could the committee provide practical solutions for urban sustainability? What problems are we providing solutions for? How will these solutions lead to a healthy, just and vibrant urban life?

    Scope of Work:

    6-10 practical solutions chosen by the committee. They could be created from scratch, or simply adapted from something already out there.

    To help answer these questions and help change our local community, we will work collaboratively and in small groups. The SPEC Waste Committee has been diligently working over the past number of years and I believe it has considerable knowledge. I am proposing to consolidate and document our knowledge, and embed them in practical solutions!

    Tentative Outline:

    October/November Meeting

    - Brainstorming and discussing what our practical solutions might be

    December Meeting

    - Project Planning

    2019 Meetings
    Creating our practical solutions for the community at large. This project would not be the sole work of the committee but would be the major focus for the next term of the Committee.

    Please come to the meeting ready to talk about this project and let’s make SPEC’s Mission and Vision a reality!


    Daniel Rotman

    Co-Facilitator, Master Recycler Vancouver

    • 20 Feb 2019
    • 21 Aug 2019
    • 7 sessions
    • Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (Kits House)

    Take part in our monthly meeting to chat with members of SPEC's Energy & Transportation Committee and learn what projects we are working on. The meeting is free and visitors are always welcome!

    The February 20th meeting will be held at Electra Meccanica's shop on 102 East 1st Ave. This is an incredible opportunity to tour Electra Meccanica's showroom and see these cutting-edge electric cars in person. The tour will go from 5:30-6pm, followed by the committee meeting from 6-7:30pm.

    About Electra Meccanica:
    "United by a passion to develop affordable, leading edge electric vehicles, Electra Meccanica has produced the high performance, commuter friendly single seater SOLO electric vehicle. The Company is also developing the TOFINO, an elegant, high performance two seater electric roadster. Both vehicles are designed to deliver the ultimate driving experience."


    Next Date: February 20, 2019

    Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Location: Electra Meccanica Showroom (102 East 1st Ave)

    The Energy Committee is looking for leadership! If you are interested in becoming a Co-Chair, drop by the next meeting and introduce yourself, or check out the volunteer position description
    • 26 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver

    On the fourth Tuesday of every month, join us to learn about SPEC's work in the community. This is usually a small meeting where we cover upcoming volunteer opportunities with SPEC and get the chance to get to know you better!

    If you are interested in getting involved, want to learn what volunteer opportunities exist and would like to meet like-minded people, come and share some time with us!

    If you are a current volunteer and would like to know more about other work we are doing, this is also the place for you!

    Date: Next session will be February 26, 6:00pm - 6:30pm

     Meet Robin, SPEC's Volunteer Coordinator, at the front entrance of Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver).

    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 8:45 AM - 4:45 PM
    • Room 4900 in the Wilson School of Design building at KPU’s Lansdowne campus (8771 Lansdowne Rd., Richmond, BC)
    • 46

    SPEC and KPU are delighted to be collaborating to host the 2019 Small Farm Session this year. The focus of the event is practical information for small scale farmers in Metro Vancouver, and enabling networking amongst farmers. The theme is "Ecosystem Services:" all the benefits that society gets from farming, and how to maximize these services on your farm. We will have talks about Integrated Pest Management, Local Composts, Cover Cropping and Payment for Ecosystem Services, as well as a tour of a farm and opportunities for farmers to learn from one another. This event has been very popular in previous years so make sure you get your ticket soon!


    Date: March 2, 2019 from 8:45am to 4:45pm

    Location: Room 4900 in the Wilson School of Design building at KPU’s Lansdowne campus (8771 Lansdowne Rd., Richmond, BC)

    Price: $15

    Note: We will be spending time outside at a farm, so please come dressed for the weather. 

    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 14 May 2019
    • 8:30 PM
    • TBA
    • 3

    This event listing and registration is only for pre-registered participants. Please visit to pre-register for the program. 

    Program Schedule

    1. March 19th - Waste: Up Close and Personal
    2. March 26th - Is Recycling the Solution? You Decide
    3. April 2nd - Where is ‘Away’?
    4. April 9th - Back to the Future: a Circular Economy
    April 18: Break
    5. April 23rd - From Soil, to Soil: Deep Dive into Compost and Anaerobic Digestion
    6. April 30th - You Can Fix That! Toxic Waste
    7. May 7th - Your Turn Now: Behaviour Change and Reaching Out
    8. May 14th - Wrapping Up: Participant Presentations and What Comes Next?

    Class locations to be announced. Classes will be held in the Vancouver area. Past class spaces have been at community centers, professional schools, maker spaces and local businesses.

    Program Requirements

    In order to complete the course and receive your certificate, you must:
    1. Attend 7 out of 8 classes
    2. Complete 30 hours of community engagement
    3. Complete 1 out of 2 waste audits

    If you know in advance that you will be unable to commit to completing the course requirements, please do not register and allow others to do so.

    Thank you,
    The Master Recycler Vancouver Team

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