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Social Innovation Jam in Victoria!

John Beale VillageReach

Inspiring speaker John Beale is coming to Victoria for a free public panel discussion about social innovation. He’ll describe how the VillageReach team created a for-profit enterprise to finance getting medicines the last mile to isolated communities in Africa.

John will be joined by other inspiring innovators Jill Doucette of Synergy, Yolanda Meijer of Habitat Victoria, Brent Mainprize of the Gustavson School of Business and the National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development, and Matt Murphy of Gustavson and Value Added Africa.

The conversation will be lively – please join us!

We'll be serving light refreshments - please if you're coming so we'll have enough.

Free and the public is more than welcome!

Leat Ahrony, BCom '15, is UVic's Student Sustainability Champion!

Leat is involved with a huge range of projects at UVic: she digs the Campus Community Garden, organized the UVic Environmental Roundtable, and promotes and supports all kinds of events and ideas through the UVic Sustainability Project.... She's also a dynamo in her co-op job with financial advisor Annette Quan.

"She is remarkable," wrote Quan in her letter of support for the award. "Leat is responsible for our office obtaining our Vancouver Island Green Business Certification!  She has implemented recycling and composting and brought more awareness to our office as a whole, in how we all, as individuals can improve what we do to help our environment.... She is so pleasant and helpful in our office and everyone adores her."

Neil Connelly and Leat Ahrony 2015

Neil Connelly, Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability, named Leat Ahrony UVic Student Sustainability Champion on March 31, 2015

Cars, coffee and coding: sustainability in entrepreneurship

CSSI and the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs would love to see you at this panel discussion of the role of sustainability in business. Kayli Anderson of Synergy Enterprises, Stuart Bowness of MediaCore, Shane Devereaux of Habit Coffee, and Martin Guinto of UVic's Formula hybrid car team will share their views on whether, why, and how they implement sustainability practices and whether it makes a difference to them and their clients.

Thursday, March 5 from 4:30-6 pm in UVic's Sedgewick A142.

Hooked on Speed: How the Addiction to Change is Duping Corporations and Eroding Sustainability

Join Dr. Tima Bansal, Canada Chair of Business Sustainability at Ivey School of Business, and the Gustavson School of Business for a fascinating look at the effect of fast changes on business.

Continuous and accelerating changes to technologies, products, and markets not only undermine profits, but are at the heart of significant social and environmental costs.

Using the Coca-Cola Company as an example, Dr. Bansal will show that corporations must discriminate between the activities in which they need to respond quickly and those that require long-term investments for stability and sustainability.

Free, and the public is most welcome. Details of this February 19, 2015 event are here.

Sustainability in entrepreneurship at IdeaFest 2015

IdeaFest 2015

CSSI Year in Review 2013-14

CSSI's third Year in Review showcases some of this year's sustainability achievements by Gustavson students, faculty, staff and alumni.

UVic on Green Honor Roll

UVic is the only Canadian university named to

Local businesess on PRME

on March 31! Find out more about the

Martin Guinto, COM 14, at EcoCAR 2

Dr. Monika Winn receives Gustavson Excellence in Research Award

Following work on stakeholder conflicts, Dr. Winn's globally recognized research more recently has focused on how climate change affects businesses and how firms can adapt to it.

MIIISsion Impossible on PRME

Sustainability rocks COM 470

Three of the top nine undergraduate international research papers for COM 470 this year had a sustainability focus.

PRME Sharing Information on Progress

It's all things Gustavson: sharing, caring, acting, impacting.