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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 Sutainability, 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

EVENTS

VICTORIA STREET FOOD FESTIVAL
Aug 1st, 11:00 AM- 9:00 PM, Centennial Square.
Support local food vendors while listening to live music and DJ's. Local beer and cider will be available. For more info, see the Facebook page.

HAT VOLUNTEER RESTORATION & POTLUCK BBQ
Aug 9th, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, SOOKE, LOCATION TBA
The Habitat Acquisition Trust will be hosting a restoration celebration event, featuring a few hours of restoration work, swimming in a pristine, private reservoir, and an afternoon BBQ. Hot dogs and refreshments provided. Bing a potluck dish and a snack. Sturdy shoes, gloves and a swimsuit recommended. RSVP to volunteers@hat.bc.ca or call Paige at 250-995-2428. More info on HAT's website

VOLUNTEER WORK PARTY: HALIBURTON FARM
Aug 2, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM,  Haliburton farm, 741 Haliburton Rd.
Help support the Haliburton community organic farm, and learn hands on skills in organic gardening. Call 250-658-0758 for more info, or link to thier Facebook page. .

THE CHANGING NATURE OF WATER MANAGEMENT IN AOTEAROA, NEW ZEALAND
Aug 5th, 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM, SEG C168
UVic’s POLIS Water Sustainability Project presents Elizabeth Soal (Policy Manager, Waitaki Irrigators Collective Limited and Director, Irrigation New Zealand Incorporated) for a talk and discussion on New Zealand’s new water management policies. Space is limited so please RSVP toJodie@uvic.ca.

COMPOSTING BASICS WORKSHOP
Aug 9th, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, the Compost Education Centre- 1216 North Park rd
Free workshop that introduces the basics of composting, and the many ways to do it. Call 250-386-9676 to reserve your spot, and get more info on the website.

INTENSIVE: NATURAL BEEKEEPING
Aug 9th, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, Compost Education Centre- 1216 North Park rd
Workshop shows how to begin the practice of backyard beekeeping. Topics include: hive design choice, how to build a hive, natural bee health and bee-friendly hive management. See the website for more info, or call 250-386-9676

GORGE SWIM FEST
Aug 10th, 12:00 PM-4:00 PM, Gorge Waterway
Join the Gorge Waterway Initiative as they swim the Gorge to protect and enhance the natural and cultural features of the waterway. Featuring food, live music, games and crafts . For more info, see the CRD website, and check out the Facebook event page.

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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