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Fonds AM1556 - Society Promoting Environmental Conservation fonds

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Society Promoting Environmental Conservation fonds

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  • 1959-2005; predominant 1969-2005 (Creation)
    Society Promoting Environmental Conservation

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  • 9.6m of textual records
  • 168 35mm negatives
  • 19 photographs
  • 18 35mm colour slides
  • 8 maps
  • 1 postcard
  • 1 technical drawing

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The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation, or SPEC, was established in January, 1969 by Bernard Hagell, Dr. Robin Harger, John Haywood, Ralph Lundahl, Derrick Mallard, Gwen Mallard, Larry McConnell, John Stigant, Dr. A. Turnbull and others. On October 10, 1969 the organization was incorporated as the Canadian Scientific Pollution and Environmental Control Society of British Columbia, making it one of the oldest environmental organizations in Canada. SPEC is a non-profit charitable organization run by volunteers. SPEC was formed to promote the preservation of the environment through the provision of information intended to increase the public's awareness of environmental issues, conducting research and consulting with industry, labour, government and academic communities. SPEC functions through its membership and an elected Board of Directors. In December, 1969 SPEC opened its first office and information center in Burnaby. SPEC was responsible for establishing the first recycling depots in BC, and for founding the Recycling Council of British Columbia, or RCBC in 1974. SPEC was succesful in helping to prevent the development of nuclear power plants on Vancouver Island as a member of the BC Know Nuclear Coalition. SPEC participated in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Uranium Mining (February 16, 1979 - February 27, 1980) opposing proposals to develop uranium mines in BC. In 1981 SPEC s name was changed to the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation, first suggested in 1979 by Vice-President Tony Pearse at the Annual General Meeting of that year. In August, 1981 SPEC established an energy information center at 2150 Maple Street to demonstrate energy saving methods and devices such as solar technology, and low energy lighting with funding support from the provincial and federal government. SPEC continues to occupy this building which includes the Vancouver Environmental Information Center and the City of Vancouver Compost Demonstration Gardens managed by the City Farmer.

Custodial history

The records were created and set aside by the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation. The records were transferred to the City of Vancouver Archives on May 27, 2009.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of annual reports, budgets, meeting minutes, policies, correspondence, court records, proposals, research reports, publications, and subject files generated by SPEC in the course of carrying out its functions and activities. Arranged into the following series: administrative and financial records; board minutes and committee records; correspondence; court proceedings; directors files; projects, programs and events; reports, publications and newspapers; research and inquiry files; subject files.

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Transferred from Society Promoting Environmental Conservation in 2009


Photographs in this fonds have been assigned item numbers with the prefix "CVA 1556"
Two textual records in Series 7 have also been assigned item numbers, 2009-103.1 and 2009-103.2

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Access to some files in this fonds is restricted. Please consult an archivist.
Restriction details: Fonds contains personal information on identifiable individuals, such as marital status, nationality, education, work history, date of birth and salary. Researchers must complete an "Agreement for Access to Restricted Records" form to be approved by an archivist in order to view the records in this fonds.
Act reference: FOIPPA sec. 22(1)
Access form required: Yes
Academic approval required: No

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SPEC annual reports from 2001 and 2002 are available in the pamphlets collection under the item numbers PAM 2001-32 and PAM 2002-100.

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