Congratulations to our own Dr. Tara Moreau, Associate Director, Sustainability and Community Programs, who was awarded the Greenest City Leadership Award of Excellence from the City of Vancouver! The Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding achievements made by individuals – adults, youth, and children – and organizations. The Greenest City Leadership Award recognizes individuals or groups who enhance or advance the City’s Greenest City Action Plan goals.
From the City of Vancouver:
For Dr. Moreau, leading green initiatives begins with what you practice at home. Since she made the decision to go car-free more than a decade ago, she has added to her sustainability and environmentalism portfolio, which includes her role as associate director at the University of British Columbia’s Botanical Gardens and countless volunteer duties.
From hosting water-wise gardening workshops to managing complex research projects measuring the behavioral impact of ecological education, Dr. Moreau has widely shared her wealth of knowledge which started taking shape when as a child she visited indigenous communities in Central America and Northern Ontario. She is one of Vancouver’s prominent green scene influencers, and lives by what she teaches. She will happily volunteer to lead climate change Earth Day tours for neighbourhood associations, or even sort waste at public events.
Too long to list, Dr. Moreau’s contributions to a greener city and leading by example include:
Inviting City of Vancouver staff to present on World Water Day
Supporting a measured waste audit and research project at UBC’s annual Apple Festival
Developing and managing a Farmer Field School for school garden programs which reach more than 5,000 people
Dr. Moreau holds a PhD in plant science from UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, an MSc in agriculture from Dalhousie University, and a BSc in biology and environmental science from Bishop’s University. Besides being a champion of Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan, she is a co-chair of the Food Policy Council, a member of the Vancouver School Food Network, and a long-standing board member of Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC).
Learn more about the City of Vancouver Awards of Excellence.