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New Park Board task force will focus on enviornmental education and stewardship

November 19 2013

We are looking forward to working with Vancouver's environmental networks to generate ideas on how to engage citizens in stewarding these green spaces

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A new task force will bring expertise from the community together to advise the Vancouver Park Board on how to better engage partners, volunteers and neighborhood groups on environmental education and stewardship opportunities in parks and at community centres.

The Park Board approved the terms of reference for the Environmental Education and Stewardship Task Force at its public meeting last night, and appointed Commissioners Sarah Blyth and Niki Sharma as co-chairs.

"The Park Board is entrusted with protecting and enhancing Vancouver's green spaces”, Commissioner Sharma said. “We are looking forward to working with Vancouver's environmental networks to generate ideas on how to engage citizens in stewarding these green spaces."

The Environmental Education and Stewardship Task Force’s membership of 10 to 12 is to be comprised of the co-chairs, organizations actively working in parks and at community centres, and City and Park Board staff. The group, advisory to the Park Board Committee, will start work later this month and aim to wrap up recommendations by July 2014.

Background

In December 2012 the Board approved a motion to establish a Leaders in Greening Task Force to develop strategy and actions, identify performance metrics and engage key stakeholders in greening and educational projects. Earlier in 2012, the Park Board endorsed an objective to be a Leader in Greening as part of its new Strategic Plan. Much work is already underway including the Local Food Action Plan (recently completed), and the Green Operations Plan, Biodiversity Strategy, Urban Forest Strategy, and Bird Friendly Strategy (all in progress).