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    • 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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    • 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
    • 10 Jul 2019
    • (PDT)
    • 13 Nov 2019
    • (PST)
    • 5 sessions
    • 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver

    The Waste Committee will not be meeting as usual on July 10. Rather, you are all invited to participate in a composting workshop at Crows Point Community Garden. See below for details:

    Did you know that compost piles can reach well over 50 degrees Celsius? Talk about summer heat! That's because of all those hungry bacteria. Want to learn more about these living decomposition machines? Come to a practical skill building Waste Committee Session together with Crow's Point Community Garden. The session is hosted by a seasoned Master Composter, Tamara, who also facilitated a session on composting for Master Recycler Vancouver.

    Meeting Information

    Wednesday, July 10th, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Location: Crows Point Community Garden - 2299 E 24th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5N 2V3

    Meeting Agenda

    • Backyard and Community Composting! See the attached flyer for more detail.
    • We will also spend some time discussing the upcoming SPEC Sustainability Fair, what the Waste Committee will be doing there, and how you can help.

    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.

    • 24 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 13840 Gilbert Road, Richmond
    • 19

    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
    • 16

    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 - 3:00 PM
    • Riley Park, 50 E 30th Ave

    What is one thing you could start doing today to help stop the climate crisis?

    Making your own beeswax wrap to use instead of plastic wrap, buying energy-efficient appliances and driving an electric vehicle, or reducing your food waste and regularly composting are all great ways to reduce your carbon footprint and reconnect with nature.

    This fair is less about talking and more about doing. Our speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors have chosen the most impactful actions you can take to help our planet and will give you the tools to accomplish them. Because we believe that loving the earth is about taking one step at a time, however small it may seem.


    Date: 31 Aug 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Location: Riley Park, 50 E 30th Ave (Next to the farmer’s market)

    Free & All Ages

    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.

    Zero Waste: In keeping with SPEC’s values, this event is striving to be zero waste, meaning exhibitors will be handing out as little waste as possible. RSVP to receive the post-event poster package, which includes educational material from all of our booths.

    A big thank you to our sponsors and partners:


    Aviva Community Fund

    CBC Vancouver

    Vancouver Sun

    Little Mountain Neighbourhood House

    Riley Park Community Garden

    What to expect


    We have over 20 different activities planned from SPEC committees, green businesses and local charities. Demonstrations will cover topics in food, waste, energy, transportation, and sustainability to  discuss some of the most impactful actions you can take to help stop the climate crisis. Our full schedule ensures that there is something for everyone!

    Check out some of the activities we will have:

    • Test drive a Solo, the new electric vehicle from Electra Meccanica.
    • Learn how to make your own beeswax wrap
    • Discover renewable energy technology via SPEC’s Demonstration Shed in Riley Park (kid friendly)
    • Spin the Ecosystem Services Wheel and solve common challenges on urban farms.
    • Become a green bin expert with Dr. Compost
    • Make your own bubble wand with Soap Dispensary (kid friendly!)
    • Clean up Riley Park’s cigarette litter with Re:FILTER and the Butt Touchers.
    • Go on a scavenger hunt through the Riley Park Farmers Market (kid friendly)
    • Challenge your friends to see who can do their laundry while conserving the most energy
    • Talk with local solar panel installer VREC and ask all your solar related questions. 
    • Go for a walk through the neighbourhood with UBC’s R.E.A.C.H. program as “climate change detectives”. 
    • And more.


    From 11am to 12:15pm, come listen to our fantastic lineup of speakers who are each uniquely taking action against climate change. 

    Ta’Kaiya Blaney

    Coast Salish activist Ta’Kaiya Blaney is dedicated to saving what is near her heart, and the heart of her culture, by transforming words into actions and actions into results. Now aged 15, the multi-talented Ta’Kaiya has spoken at United Nations conferences, environmental events, and classrooms across Canada and internationally. She calls for worldwide implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, and for the adoption and implementation of the Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth.

    Rebecca Hamilton

    In May 2019, Vancouver secondary school students organized by 11th grade activist Rebecca Hamilton staged their 4th school walk-out to protest adult indifference to climate change. In an interview with Greenpeace Canada, Rebecca pointed out that during World War II, everyone knew there was a war on; it was the lens through which every government and individual decision was made. She believes that the climate crisis needs to become this same lens, and urges us to pressure our politicians to make climate action a priority.

    Vesanto Melina

    International speaker, dietician and co-author of cookbooks that have been translated into 14 languages, Vesanto Melina is a glowing advocate for health, nutrition and meatless cuisine. Several books that she co-authored with Brenda Davis, including The Kick Diabetes Cookbook and the multiple award-winning Becoming Vegan, are nutrition classics. In addition to consulting with provincial and municipal governments she is also the lead author of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' current Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets.

    Mary Anne Pare

    When the Crown asked for jail time for Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters and called senior arrestees a “particularly sinister challenge to the court's authority”, Pender Island activist and slam poetry aficionado Mary Ann Pare jumped into action. The retired therapist, along with fellow activists and arrestees, formed the ‘Sinister Seniors’. The group creates spoken word performances, holds events and protests, and mobilizes and strategizes to save the Salish Sea and our beautiful planet for future generations.

    Who is SPEC?

    We are 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.

    Want to get more involved? Sign up to volunteer here!

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