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Office of Campus Planning & Sustainability

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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.

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UVic has recently received a Gold rating in the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). View the final report here.

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Featured events

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY WEEK - OCT 6TH TO 10TH
Watch this space for more info coming soon on a series of fun and informative events to profile and promote campus sustainability. Events include a Sustainability Photo Contest, an EcoSpeak contest, Bike to Campus Day, Love-A-Mug week, EarthFest, Dodge Ball in the Dark, and more!

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:

INTRODUCTION TO PICKLING
Aug 27th, 4 to 6 PM, 3995 Gordon Head Road
The Campus Community Garden hosts a workshop to learn the basics of the fine art of pickling! $5 if you want to take a jar home with you, free if you just want to learn. Info ccgarden@uvic.ca.

COB BUILDING WORKSHOP
Aug 29th- 31st, O.U.R Ecovillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Rd, Shawnigan Lake. 
Learn cob building principles from master builder, Partick Hennebery of Cobworks. Workshop fee includes camping and meals. For more info and to register, see the website, or call 250-743-3067. 

NEW STUDENT WELCOME EVENTS
Sept 2nd, The Fountain
Join our the Sustainability Office and other campus departments for the lunchtime welcome barbeque followed by an information fair. Info, prizes, and free stuff! Info at action@uvic.ca and see UVic website.

GRAND OPENING OF EXPANDED UVIC TRANSIT EXCHANGE
Sept 4th, 10 AM, UVic Transit Exhange (near SUB)
BC Transit and UVic celebrate the opening of the new expanded bus exchange. Stop by for remarks by various representatives and to help celebrate better transit service for UVic and the surrounding communities. Contact action@uvic.ca.

VICTORIA'S PASSIVE HOUSE UPDATE
Sept 4th, 7 to 9 PM, Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 471 Cecelia Road
The Cascadia Green Building Vancouver Island Collective hosts a discussion on how Victoria's first "passive house" is performing a year after occupancy. See Facebook for more info.

DRIVE ELECTRIC WEEK ELECTRIC VEHICLE DEMONSTRATION
Sept 16th, 11 AM to 2 PM, Lot C  in front of Clearihue
Stop by to see view some electric cars and talk to their owners about the many benefits and pleasures of electric vehicle ownership. Contact gerry.gaydos@hotmail.com.

UVIC ENVIRONMENTAL ROUNDTABLE
Sept 24th, 5 to 8:30 PM, Vertigo Lounge in SUB
The UVic Environment Roundtable series hosted  by UVic Sustainability Project (UVSP) is is a semesterly event for for students passionate about  building a sustainable future in our community. This event will provide an energized and exciting place for a moderated INTERACTIVE and FREE FLOWING dialogue among participants. Have projects and ideas? Come SHARE! Free sustainable snacks and special prizes for those arriving via bike, walking, carpool or transit. Bring your own bottle and plates. See Facebook for more info.
 
CANADIAN URBAN FOREST CONFERENCE
Sept 30th-October 2nd, Victoria Conference Center
Conference provides a focus for discussion on Canadian urban forestry practices, and allows professionals and community groups to engage in dialogue about urban forest strategies, policies, technologies and management practices. More info on the website.
 

Videos

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

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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

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