Society Promoting Environmental Conservation
Organization profile published 1984
Year Published:  1984
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2914

In the face of real and potential threats from industrial pollution, nuclear radiation, wasted energy resources, oil spills and unplanned growth of industry and urban areas, a group of British Columbians formed the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) in 1969. SPEC is "dedicated to the protection of energy and the conservation of natural resources." SPEC is a community service and an educational facility for the public, as well as an action group attempting to influence individuals, organizations, and governments to take personal, corporate, and legislative action toward preserving a quality environment.

SPEC provides fact sheets and in-depth reports on a variety of environmental and energy subjects. Recently completed is a study entitled Soft Energy Path for B.C. which is being used as the B.C. portion of the national report 2025: Soft Energy Futures for Canada, by Friends of the Earth. The Case against Site C (CX 2915 written in 1983 with the Peace Valley Environmental Association), examines B.C. Hydro and Power Authority's proposal to construct a massive hydroelectric project on the Peace River. Also in 1983, SPEC prepared a brief on acid rain which outlines industrial and domestic sources of acid rain, and the effects on forestry, soils, and aquatic environments. This brief was presented to the federal Sub-Committee on Acid Rain of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Forestry.

SPEC operates the Energy Information Centre in Vancouver, and publishes a newsletter, Spectrum, for distribution to members, libraries, school, and the general public.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1984.

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