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    • 21 Apr 2019
    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 14 sessions
    • Cambie Square Communal Garden, 2685 Cambie St Vancouver, BC V5Z 4K2

    Every Sunday, join Cambie Square Communal Garden volunteers in the garden to collectively grow veggies, learn about gardening, and reconnect with nature.

    There are no individual plots. Rather, all volunteers share in the planning, planting, harvesting and maintenance of the garden. Volunteers come from many backgrounds; some are experienced gardeners and some are new to gardening. We all share a keen interest in growing food, maintaining biodiversity and creating sustainable systems. 

    Volunteers meet every Sunday at 10am to garden, or help water the garden during the summer months on their own time.

    The garden is located at, 2685 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4K2, on the East side of the grass square. 

    If you are new to volunteering with the garden, please sign up and let us know which date you'd like to join. If you are a returning volunteer, please contact cambiesqvol@gmail.com to let us know you're coming. 

    • 04 May 2019
    • 07 Sep 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Olympic Village Skytrain Station

    Did you know we are surrounded by renewable energy? Whether it's green transportation, energy efficient buildings or an urban farm, it's just a question of taking another look around. Join Ruth and Chris from SPEC's Energy Committee in exploring a diverse array of renewable energy assets at Olympic Village and let's discuss how far down to road we are for a zero fossil fuels future. 

    Tour dates for 2019:

    • Saturday, May 4
    • Saturday, June 15
    • Saturday, July 13
    • Saturday,  August 17
    • Saturday, September 7

    All tours begin at 11am at the Olympic Village Canada Line skytrain station for a 90 minute free walk, ending at the Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way, Vancouver).

    If you have been on SPEC's Solar Panel tour and are hungry for more technology, or if you are interested in learning about passive design, LEED certified buildings, and wastewater thermal energy recovery, this tour is for you!

    Our first tREX tour of the summer on May 4th will be a part of Jane's Walk. Jane’s Walk is a community-based approach to city building that uses citizen-led walking tours to make space for people to observe, reflect, share, question and re-imagine the places in which they live, work and play. They walk cities to honour and activate the ideas of Jane Jacobs. More about Jane's Walk.

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    • 08 May 2019
    • (PDT)
    • 13 Nov 2019
    • (PST)
    • 7 sessions
    • 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver

    Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, SPEC's Zero Waste Committee meets to discuss current and future projects. Come meet with members of the Committee and share your ideas!

    The meetings are free and visitors are welcome.


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

    Schedule: The 2nd Wednesday of each month (with some exceptions) from 6:30pm – 8pm.

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

    Please email zerowaste@spec.bc.ca if you have any questions.

    Update for April 10 Meeting

    For this meeting, we will be hosting Plastic Oceans Foundation Canada. We will screen a 22 min clip of the full film, and do a Q&A with Executive Director, Adrian Midwood.

    See the full movie on Netflix before and come with questions! 


    Update on China's Recycling Ban

    Have you been keeping tabs on the situation with China and how it's affecting recycling all over the world? Wired Magazine did a great job covering the issue in it's current state.

    Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/the-worlds-recycling-is-in-chaos-heres-what-has-to-happen/

    Here's a quote from the article: 

    Whether China’s ban leads to increased plastic pollution in the environment remains to be seen. “The plastic is now getting diverted to countries with a high risk of improper management and high leakage rates,” says Roland Geyer, an industrial ecology professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and lead author of a recent study on the ultimate fate of disposed plastics. Still, China, with its high volume of imports, had been the source of more than a quarter of the world’s mismanaged waste, Jambeck says. So if proper alternatives are found, plastic pollution could actually decrease.  

    Meeting Agenda:

    1. Introductions and Acknowledgements
    2. Project Updates / Announcements / Events
    3. Plastic Oceans 22 min clip and Q&A
    4. Your agenda item here, please email zerowaste@spec.bc.ca to add your agenda item

    Past Meeting Updates

    Past Update for Nov 14th Meeting:

    Meeting location: Online via Google Hangouts Please visit https://hangouts.google.com/ for more information about the system. It's very easy.

    Meeting Linkhttps://hangouts.google.com/call/CWPnjpLD2TCpYK-gPCF0AEEE?no_rd

    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 daniel@masterrecyclervancouver.ca 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 daniel@masterrecyclervancouver.ca

    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 daniel@masterrecyclervancouver.ca 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


    • 14 May 2019
    • 08 Oct 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Kits House: 2305 west 7th Ave, Vancouver

    Every second Tuesday of the month, meet with members of SPEC's Food & Environment Committee to discuss ongoing and future projects. The meeting is free and visitors are always welcome.

    Monthly Meeting Details

    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

    Past Meeting Updates

    Updates for February 13 Meeting

    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

    • 19 Jun 2019
    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Click for more details

    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!


    Location: Kits House (2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC)*

    Schedule: The 3rd Wednesday of each month, from 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Next Meeting: June 19, at Electra Meccanica Showroom, located 102 E 1st Ave.

    *Meetings are sometimes held at Electra Meccanica's showroom on 102 East 1st Ave. This provides an incredible opportunity to tour Electra Meccanica's showroom and see these cutting-edge electric cars in person.

    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."

    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
    • 23 Jun 2019

    Do you like to run? If yes, this is for you!

    We are looking for runners for the June 23 Scotiabank Half-Marathon & 5k  races. As a way to celebrate SPEC's 50th birthday this year we are inviting people to reconnect with nature in the city and one way to do that is to run with the SPEC team. 

    By signing up as a SPEC runner you get a registration discount and your challenge is to work your networks to raise funds to support SPEC's programs in the community. Our goal is to raise $5,000 in total from all runners. If you are interested in learning more please email us at admin@spec.bc.ca

    We already have over 12 runners excited to come together to celebrate SPEC's 50th birthday! Join us!

    • 25 Jun 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 6:00 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 June 25, 5:30pm - 6:00pm

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

    • 06 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 4996 28 Avenue, Tsawwassen
    • 22

    If you are a small-scale farmer in Metro Vancouver interested in increasing your knowledge about Cover Cropping Practices, this is the place for you! We are bringing together three experts in this field: Art Bomke is a Professor Emeritus at UBC and has spent decades studying local cover crop varieties; Corine Singfield is a local farmer, teacher, and community organizer with an interest and experience in cover cropping; Grace Augustinowicz is a research associate at the Institute for Sustainble Food Systems at KPU and has been researching agricultural systems for many years. Expect to come away equipped with the knowledge to successfully cover crop on your farm!

    Registration is free!

    • 14 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 13840 Gilbert Road, Richmond BC
    • 20

    Join us for an afternoon of in-depth information about how to optimize the drainage on your farm, with local expert Yuko Suda! Yuko is a local small-scale farmer and an engineer, and has expertise in dealing with on-farm drainage issues. Expect to come away with a new understanding of the different reasons why water may be accumulating on your farm, and some ideas of how to address the challenges excess water poses.

    Registration is free!

    • 21 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 13840 Gilbert Road, Richmond BC
    • 20

    Ever wonder what type of bee it is that you found on a local flower? And what you can do on your small farm to encourage a diversity of native bees? Join local native bee expert Tyler Kelly as we explore the local bee diversity and discuss management strategies to help their populations thrive. 

    Registration is free! 

    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 13840 Gilbert Road, Richmond
    • 23

    Nobody likes plant pests and diseases, and a bit of knowledge can go a long way to help. Local experts from E.S. Cropconsult spend their days immersed in the world of insects and pathogens that affect local crops, and we are lucky to have them host this afternoon session about local pests and diseases. Prepare to come away from this workshop with a plethora of strategies for identifying, monitoring, and combatting pests and diseases on your small farm. 

    Registration is free!

    • 30 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 13840 Gilbert Rd, Richmond BC
    • 20

    Healthy crops start from the ground up, and in this workshop for small-scale farmers in Metro Vancouver, you will learn about how to maximize your soil fertility using environmentally friendly methods. A suite of local experts will cover topics from soil testing, local soil types, crop-specific nutrient needs to locally available composts and targeted nutrient application, and the focus will be on methods relevant to local small-scale farmers. 

    Registration is free!

    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Riley Park, 50 E 30th Ave

    In celebration of its 50th birthday, SPEC is presenting a climate action fair on Saturday August 31, from 10am to 4pm at Riley Park in Vancouver.

    Under its call-to-action theme, RECONNECT WITH NATURE, this free, all ages event will feature guest speakers on a mainstage and in the Riley Park Community Garden, along with stroll-through exhibits, acoustic music, and lots of interactive and skill-building demonstrations.

    Lovin’ the Earth Climate Action Fair

    Date: Saturday August 31, 10am to 4pm

    Location: Riley Park, 50 E 30th Ave, Vancouver, BC

    Cost: Free!

    People are encouraged to walk, cycle, use public transit or rideshare to the event. Refreshments will be available at the adjacent Riley Park Farmer’s Market.

    SPEC is one of Canada’s oldest urban environmental non-profits. Since 1969 its volunteer-driven advocacy initiatives, educational programs and events have inspired countless residents of Greater Vancouver to take a stronger stand for the environment.

    Lovin’ the Earth Climate Action Fair will encourage and inspire people of all ages and cultures to reconnect with nature by learning, experiencing and engaging with meaningful action to fight climate change.

    RSVP and let us know you're coming.  

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