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CSSI is delighted to have sponsored UVic's presence at the model United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in St. Gallen, Switzerland on May 15 and 16. Dr. Monika Winn, Anne-Marie Beliveau and Babak Manouchehrinia joined 120 other participants from seven top European universities. Find out how it worked and what Beliveau and Manouchehrinia thought about it.

Celebrating awesome

Heather Ranson, CSSI’s Associate Director, was justly recognized on May 21 with the Gustavson Excellence in Service Award.

Heather Ranson 2014

Heather, an Assistant Teaching Professor, strengthens teaching throughout Gustavson by helping colleagues develop their knowledge of business sustainability and integrate this theme throughout all our course offerings in a whole range of disciplines.

She’s involved in many other Gustavson initiatives too, such as the annual BCom MIIISsion Impossible and RBC case competitions, the MBA case competition, MBA 596 consulting projects, and our Service Management specialization. She serves on appointment committees, represents us at PRME conferences, and hosts guest speakers who enhance our reputation.

Gustavson’s blog has more details of Heather’s myriad activities and the many reasons she so richly deserves this award of excellence.

Dr. Matt Murphy, CSSI’s Research co-chair, received Gustavson’s Excellence in Research Award on May 21.

Matt Murphy 2014

Matt’s work exemplifies knowledge generation and productive research. His collaborative project with the Toquaht Nation on Vancouver Island blends sustainability, culture, innovation and entrepreneurship. This work is developing a process that enables Indigenous communities to make their best choices about how to handle resource rights and their own economic development.  His other research streams look at how companies improve their records on human rights, and the different approaches government and industry take to Indigenous rights.

Gustavson’s blog has more details of Matt’s research activities and some of the many reasons he truly deserves this award of excellence.

UVic on Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll for the second year in a row

The University of Victoria is the only Canadian school to have earned the highest possible score on The Princeton Review’s assessment of 861 green universities in North America this year. UVic is joined by 23 other schools such as Cornell, Stanford, Harvard, and Portland State which also achieved a perfect 99.

 A small sample of UVic actions mentioned by The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges:

  • We’ve got a bike share program and reduced-price transit passes
  • We nix idling
  • Food Services spends 50% of its budget on local and organic food
  • We divert almost 70% of our garbage into recycling and composting
  • And 29% of UVic grads must take a sustainability-related course.

A tiny sample of Gustavson greenness that they don’t mention:

  • At Gustavson, 100% of BCom and MBA students take sustainability-focused courses
  • Most of Gustavson’s other courses also have some sustainability or social-responsibility content like ethics, life-cycle analysis, poverty reduction, or triple bottom line accounting

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

Sustainability in entrepreneurship at 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

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