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    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 14 May 2019
    • 8:30 PM
    • TBA
    • 0
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    This event listing and registration is only for pre-registered participants. Please visit http://www.masterrecyclervancouver.ca/register/ 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

    • 09 Apr 2019
    • 08 Oct 2019
    • 7 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

    • 10 Apr 2019
    • (PDT)
    • 13 Nov 2019
    • (PST)
    • 8 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


    • 16 Apr 2019
    • 21 Aug 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • Click for more details

    Update for April Meeting:

    The committee will be meeting on April 16 at Electra Meccanica's workshop instead of April 17. Electra Meccanica is located at 102 East 1st Ave, and the meeting will start with a showroom tour at 5:30pm. 

    Thanks and sorry for any inconvenience!

    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

    Room: For meetings at Kits House, ask at the front desk for the room.

    *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
    • 21 Apr 2019
    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 15 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. 

    • 23 Apr 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 April 23, 5:30pm - 6:00pm

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

    • 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!

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