Dr. Tara Moreau is the Associate Director of Sustainability and Community Programs at UBC Botanical Garden where she oversees educational programs, sustainability initiatives and community outreach. With the goal of advancing local and global sustainability, Tara designs and contributes to programs and partnerships such as the Sustainable Communities Field School, Grow Green Guide, and CBIRD.
Tara has over 18 years of working to advance local and global food systems. She is a board member at SPEC a Vancouver-based environmental NGO and was a long-standing member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council (2012-2018). In 2012, Tara completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions through a joint appointment at UBC and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She holds a PhD in Plant Science from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (UBC, 2010), an MSc in Agriculture (Dalhousie University, 2004) and a BSc in Biology & Environmental Science (Bishops University, 2000).
She has worked internationally as a consultant with the UN-Food and Agriculture Organization and her publications, presentations and educational programs relate to climate change, food systems, sustainability education, agriculture, biodiversity, pest management and food policy across multiple jurisdictions.
In 2020, Tara was recognized with the 2020 American Public Gardens Association (APGA) Professional Citation award for significant innovation and achievements in public horticulture and the 2020 Marsh Award for Education in Botanic Gardens.