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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

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CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY WEEK - OCT 6TH TO 10TH
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! Get all the details here.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:

DRIVE ELECTRIC VICTORIA - ELECTRIC VEHICLE DEMONSTRATIONS
Sept 21st, 9:30 AM to 4 PM, Lot 4 on McGill Road, next to the stadium
Join us as a passenger in an Electric Vehicle on a scenic tour from UVic's Lot 4 on McGill Road, along a section of Victoria's shoreline. All you have to do is go to  http://tinyurl.com/DriveElectricVictoria and get a free ticket. Bringing friends? They'll each need a ticket too - free again. When the tour is finished, we'll have a FREE picnic lunch waiting for you. Contact gerry.gaydos@hotmail.com.

PRIVATE TOUR OF THE BC LEGISLATURE WITH MLA ANDREW WEAVER
Sept 18th, 2 PM, BC Legislature
The UVic Greens Club and local MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head Andrew Weaver from the Green Party of BC, and UVic faculty member (on leave), will be offering a first hand tour of the BC legislature. Meet there or take the bus with others from campus. See Facebook for more info.

THE CLEANTECH EDGE: CANADA'S FASTEST GROWING INDUSTRY IN THE AGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Sept 18th, 4:30 to 7:30 PM, SFU with live webcast available
PICS and the David Suzuki Foundation present a discussion with cleantech leaders about the rapidly growing cleantech economy and Canada's advantage in clean technology. See website for more information.

REVISION THE (FOOD) HARVEST DINNER & COLLABORATIVE ART
Sept 18th, 6 PM, Vertigo Lounge, SUB
Join the Community Garden Collective and VIPIRG for an evening of delicious food and discussion leading to informed imagination of visioning a healthy food system. See Facebook to RSVP.

BOWKER CREEK OPEN HOUSE
Sept 18th, 6 to 8 PM, Oak Bay Rec Centre, 1975 Bee St
Drop by and review the plans for Bowker Creek restoration around Oak Bay High School. Presentation at 7 PM. Contact kloyd@crd.bc.ca.

CREATING A CITY FOR EVERYONE: TRANSFORM SPEAKER SERIES #3
Sept 18th, 7 to 9 PM, Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Street
The CRD presents renowned sustainable city advocate Gil Penalosa (originally from Bogota, Columbia and now with the non-profit 8-80 based in Toronto) and Kay Teschke (from UBC’s School of Population and Public Health) for a discussion on how to make our region a safe place for people of all ages to walk, bike and play. $5 suggested donation to the Greater Victoria Cycling Association. See CRD website for more info.

STONE SOUP FUNDRAISER FOR OUR ECOVILLAGE
Sept 18th, 6 to 9 PM, Odd Fellows Hall, 1316 Douglas Street, Victoria
An evening of gourmet food and entertainment in support of OUR EcoVillage. See Facebook for details and how to purchase tickets.

CHANGEMAKERS SUMMIT 2.0: PUPPETS, PERFORMANCE AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Sept 19th, 1 to 3 PM, Cadboro Commons, Arbutus/Queenswood Rooms
Join Pacific Peoples' Partnership, the UVic Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives, and Puppets for Peace for this artists' panel  exploring the role of the arts in social transformation.  Free pizza lunch and puppet making!  Followed by conversations with local groups creatively tackling Pacific issues. See Facebook for more details.

ONE WAVE FESTIVAL
Sept 20th, Noon to 6 PM, Centennial Square, downtown Victoria
Celebration of Pacific arts and culture, with music, dancing, food and childrens' activities. Meet local groups taking action to protect the land and waters all around the Pacific ocean. See website and Facebook for more info.

SUSTAINABILITY: A HISTORY
Sept 20th, 6 to 9 PM, Wheelies Cafe, 2620 Rock Bay Ave
Book launch of "Sustainability: A History" by local historian Jeremy Caradonna which traces the growth of the sustainability movement from 1700 to the present day. $25 which includes a copy of the book, a pint of beer and a dinner sandwich. Get tickes and info here.

NATIONAL TREE DAY: FOREST WALK AND FREE PUBLIC TALK
Sept 24th, 9 to noon, Pacific Forestry Centre, 506 West Burnside RoadGuided tour through the newly re-opened Daivd Douglas Trail, and a short presentation on Climate, Carbon and Forests. Also meet research scientists studying the nearby Sooke Lake watershed and other demonstrations. See website for more details.

UVIC ENVIRONMENTAL ROUNDTABLE
Sept 24th, 5 to 8:30 PM, Vertigo Lounge in SUB
The UVic Environment Roundtable series hosted by the UVic Sustainability Project (UVSP) is a semesterly event 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 and order your free ticket on Eventbrite.

INVESTING IN COMMUNITY
Sept 25th, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, University Club
Hosted by the Community Social Planning Council, a public forum with Rankin MacSween, one of the founders of the Community Economic Development movment in Canada. RSVP here and for more info contact tom@communitycouncil.ca.

THE POLITICS OF ENERGY: OIL AND BEYOND?

Centre for Global StudiesSept 26th, 1 to 5 PM
Sept 26th, 6 to 7:30 PMKeynote with Thomas Homer-Dixon
Sept 27th, 9 am to 12 pm
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CANADIAN URBAN FOREST CONFERENCE
Sept 30th-October 2nd, Victoria Conference Center
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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Oct 2nd, Open House 4 PM, Celebration and Awards, 6:30 to 8 PM, DTB
A celebration of 40 years since the founding of the Environmental Studies program at UVic, and the 15th anniversary of the School of Environmental Studies. A chance to reconnect with former classmates, faculty, staff and friends. See website for more details.

EXPLORING THE WILD MINDSept 30th, 7 to 9 PM, Royal Roads UniversityOct 2nd to 5th, 2014, Residency on Stowel Lake Farm, Saltspring IslandBased on Bill Plotkin's Wild Mind, the workshop will explore the wild mind with its unique expressions, universal patterns, astonishing resources and often untapped potentials. See website for more info and to register.

URBAN FARMS
Oct 9th, 7 to 8:30 PM, UVic CampusContinuing Studies Restoration Program hosts a public talk the diverse types of rain gardens which help to manage runoff in the city. See website for more info and to register.

RAIN GARDENS
Oct 16th, 7 to 8:30 PM, Uvic Campus
Continuing Studies Restoration Program hosts a public talk about local Haliburton Farm and Madrona Farm that have incorporated natural features into their farm designs to promote biodiversity. See website for more info and to register.

LAKES IN GARRY OAK ECOSYSTEMS
Oct 23rd, 7 to 8:30 PM, UVic Campus
Continuing Studies Restoration Program hosts a public talk about how two local Garry Oak ecosystems with introduced water bodies have created unique spaces for wildlife. See website for more info and to register.

 

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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