Office of Campus Planning & Sustainability
Finding new and creative solutions
At the University of Victoria, we strive to model sustainability -- applying ingenuity to find new and creative solutions and practices that can serve as examples for others.
This website is designed to be a hub for sustainability-related information on the University of Victoria campus. We invite you to explore our green initiatives on the ground, in the classroom and in our research activities. Connect with student groups, learn tips to reduce your impact in the office or lab, and find out how you can get involved.
This week we are highlighting Ideafest, which is a celebration of all the great research happening at UVic. Check out the sustainability related events below.
CHANGE-MAKERS: BRIGHT MINDS AND BIG IDEAS
Monday, March 2nd, 7:00pm - 9:00pm Hickman (HHB)105
UVic is home to 38 internationally recognized Canada Research Chairs that are pushing the frontiers of knowledge in their fields. Join four of these preeminent scholars as they share their stories of innovation and impact in a series of fast-paced talks, followed by a conversation with the audience. Come and be inspired by marine and deep space discoveries, ground breaking cancer research and new perspectives in Indigenous law.
This event will be webcast live on UVic's live webcasting page. An online recording of the webcast will be available post event.
EXPLORATIONS IN POLITICS: NEW DIRECTIONS IN GRADUATE RESEARCH
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Technology Enterprise Facility, room 170.
This panel will feature presentations by graduate students in political science highlighting their current research. Among the fields to be represented are political theory, Indigenous politics, comparative politics, Canadian politics and international relations.
LOSING OUR MARBLES: A PLAYFUL APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING OUR ELECTRICITY SUPPLY
Wednesday, March 4th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Engineering/Computer Science (ECS) 660
How does our electrical power system work, from the power plant to the light bulb? What are the challenges of integrating renewables? What would your ideal system look like? Explore these questions posed by the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) by participating in a group demonstration of a marble-based "electricity grid." The IESVic research team will support the activity, draw parallels to real-world challenges and facilitate a discussion. Can you meet the demand or will you lose your marbles?
LIFE AND DEATH IN THE FOREST: A CAMPUS TREE WALK
Thursday, March 5th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
First Peoples House (FPH) Entrance
Join experts from UVic's Centre for Forest Biology for a fun and fascinating guided walk to learn about our campus trees and their biological significance.
NUU-CHAH-NULTH PLACE-BASED STORIES AND TSUNAMI SCIENCE
Thursday, March 5th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
First Peoples House (FPH) Ceremonial Hall
Weaving Nuu-Chah-Nulth stories with tsunami science can expose lessons from the past, especially in light of the current tsunami and earthquake threats to coastal communities. Join Ocean Networks Canada for a panel discussion highlighting current tsunami detection and earthquake monitoring science, as well as Nuu-chah-nulth place-based stories of the 1964 tsunami and oral histories of the 1700 event.
CARS, COFFEE AND CODING: SUSTAINABILITY IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Thursday, March 5th, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Sedgewick (SED) A142
What does sustainability mean to entrepreneurs in different industries? How do they implement social and environmental justice into their businesses and why do they care? Join the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs and the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation as they host a joint event exploring these very questions.
WOVEN VOICES: COMMUNITY RESILIENCE THROUGH ART
Thursday March 5th, 10:00am – 4:00pm, and Friday March 6th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Student Union (SUB) Michele Pujol
Weavings hold stories and histories for the Indigenous Quechua population of the Peruvian Andes.
Mosqoy will exhibit striking photographs compiled over a decade by photographer and NGO director Ashli Akins alongside textiles that are hand-woven with natural dyes and fibres by 150 Indigenous women at this fair-trade textile market.
*Please note: the lecture about Andean struggles between culture and development is occurring on March 6 from 12:30–1:30 p.m. in Bob Wright Centre A104.
ORCAS OF VANCOUVER ISLAND
Friday March 6th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Bob Wright Centre (BWC) A104
Did you know that there are three different types of orcas, or killer whales, around Vancouver Island? Learn about these ecotypes and more as graduate student Kristen Kanes dives into the world of orcas. Listen to orca vocalizations. Hear about their culture, hunting tactics and complex social lives. And learn about the urgent conservation challenges facing these iconic whales and what you can do to help.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE: FROM VANCOUVER ISLAND TO PLANET EARTH
Saturday March 7th, 11:00am - 12:30pm Bob Wright Centre (BWC) A104
Bring your curiosity and questions to this interactive learning event from UVic’s Vancouver Island School-Based Weather Station Network. Discover the science of climate modelling and experience demonstrations of a variety of weather phenomena, including cloud and wind formation, air pressure, liquid interactions, tornados and more.
A WILD LIFE IN THE FLATHEAD VALLEY
Thursday March 5th, 7:00PM-8:30PM
GVPL Central Branch
Dr Peter Wood from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society will be presenting on recent biodiversity discoveries in the Flathead, and will be announcing the exhibition of fifteen original paintings done in remote locations in the Flathead by 6 world-renowned Kootenay based artists. The event and the Art exhibit will be at the Greater Victoria Public Library for the month of March. Facebook event page.
Learn more about sustainability at UVic from our Sustainability Coordinators
UVic is a leader in institutional composting through our relationship with reFUSE
Learn more about the Campus Bike Centre
See how staff and volunteers came together to create a "green" Congress 2013 conference
Interested in a Green Career? Watch videos from some recent UVic grads with cool green jobs
1. Jill Doucette - Founder, Synergy Enterprises
2. Heather English - Senior Policy Analyst, Climate Action Secretariat, BC Government
3. Matt Greeno - Business Energy Advisor, City Green Solutions
See how UVic is reducing waste on campus