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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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Featured events

AT UVIC:

A DIALOGUE: CLIMATE CHANGE, DIVESTMENT AND SOCIETY,
Monday January 26th, 7:00 PM
Room B150 of the Bob Wright Centre
This event will bring together a panel that includes a student, a Suncor executive, and a member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, among others, to discuss sustainable investment practices and how divestment can address climate change. See the event website for more details.

SACRED ECOLOGY
Monday January 26th, 6:30PM
University of Victoria Chapel
Join the UVic Chaplan for an introduction to the practices of sacred ecology, every Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm (except Family Day). Engage in an ecologically sensitive spirituality for these times, and explore an emerging worldview that integrates the wisdom of spiritual traditions, science and systems theory, eco-psychology, deep ecology and our own local skills and knowledge. See the UVic events page for more details.

CAMPUS PLANNING AT UVIC
Wednesday January 28th, 4:30PM
Bob Wright Centre B150
The Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability is holding a speakers event that will inspire ideas about the physical development of our campus over the next 10 years. See the campus planning website for more details

RETURN OF THE RAPTOR, WITH DR. RON YDENBERG (SFU).
Wednesday January 28th, 7:30PM
UVic’s Fraser Building, Room 159
Populations of raptors—hawks, eagles and falcons—were decimated by massive applications of pesticides in agriculture and in forestry in the decades following WW II. But their populations recovered after DDT was banned in the early 1970s, and nowadays they are a common sight, even in cities. Event details

UVIC COMMUNITY GARDEN VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION AND GARDEN TOURS
Wednesday January 28st, 12:30PM;
UVic Campus Community Garden
The Garden has another volunteer orientation session taking place at the community garden this week. Come tour the garden, learn about what projects are going on, and lend a hand! See their website for more details.

HAZARD MAPPING FOR CYCLIST: A WORKSHOP
Thursday, January 29th, 5:30 PM
UVic, David Turnpin Building, Room A251
Since the BikeMaps.org website launched in October 2014 they have had over 14,000 visitors and more than 600 mappers in 14 countries. Want to help make BikeMaps.org even better? Join this upcoming workshop.
Pizza dinner is included!

SPOKES' COMMUNITY BICYCLE DONATION
Saturday, January 31st 9:30AM
Centennial Stadium
Donate your unwanted adult bicycle to the UVic SPOKES Bicycle Recycling Program. Donations will help replenish the depleted stock so SPOKES can continue providing students with affordable and environmentally-friendly transportation!
Volunteers will be located at Centennial Stadium at UVic for donation drop-off from 9:30am to 2:00pm. Facebook link


COMMUNITY EVENTS:


DISCUSSING THE RIGHT TO A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT: SAANICH COUNCIL Monday January 26th, 7:30 PM
Council Chambers, Saanich Municipal Hall, 770 Vernon Avenue
Saanich Council will discuss a motion to declare our right to clean air, clean water, healthy food and preservation of natural spaces. Attend and lend your support. Meeting starts at 7:30 and you do not need to register beforehand to speak. Each person can have 5 min.

THE CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY
Tuesday January 27, Noon
This is a free BCSEA Webinar (at your computer) with Jeremy Moorhouse, Clean Energy Canada. See the BCSEA website for more details

ELECTION DAY IN CANADA
Wednesday January 28th, 7:00PM
Online webcast and at the Victoria Event Centre
This Film, starring veteran Ottawa filmmaker/journalist Peter Smoczynski, examines the dramatic rise of voter suppression in Canada during the 2011 Federal Election, the aftermath to the present day Fair Elections Act. Presented by Open Cinema in partnership with Focus Magazine and the Canada Media Fund. See their Event details here.

VICTORIA GREEN TEAM RESTORATION EVENTS
Anderson Hill Park
Saturday, January 31st, 2015 9:45AM
Remove Ivy, Gorse and other invasive plants!
The Victoria Green Team will be doing restoration work in the majestic Anderson Hill Park that contains the rare Garry-oak rock outcrop ecosystem. Meeting spot is the entrance to Anderson Hill Park.
Sign up to help on the Green Team Meetup site.
Saxe Point Park
Sunday, February 1st, 9:45AM
The Victoria Green Team will be planting large Douglas-fir trees and removing English Ivy and other invasive plants from the beautiful Saxe Point Park in Esquimalt. Meeting Spot is the parking lot in Saxe Point (at the end of Fraser Street).
Sign up to help on the Green Team Meetup site.

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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