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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

ISLAND VIEW EDIBLES (GUIDED WALK)
Aug 19th, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Learn about edible native plants during a guided walk through the trails of Island View Beach with First Nations guides and CRD Regional Parks' naturalists. More info on the website, or call 250-478-3344 to register. 

SAANICH PENINSULA FLAVOUR TRAILS
Aug 22nd-24th, Various locations on the Saanich Peninsula. 
Two-day event featuring 16 different venues showcasing the agricultural food movement on the Peninsula. Learn how to garden winter veggies, listen to readings and share locally sourced meals. Event begins with kickoff BBQ at Muse Winery Aug 22nd at 6:0 PM. Venue details and map on the website

AQUAPONICS INTENSIVE
Aug 23rd, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St.
Intro to aquaponic growing techniques as a way to sustainably produce fish and hydroponic vegetables. Workshop will examine techniques, new innovations and how to source materials. Taught by Jesse Brown of Mason Street City Farm. For more info and to buy tickets, see the event listing.

BOUNTIFUL BERRIES GUIDED WALK
Aug 23rd, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM. Becher Bay Rd, East Sooke Regional Park
Guided walk by a CRD naturalist introduces the basics of foraging for blackberries, Oregon grape berries, salal berries and more. Meet at the kiosk in the Ayland Farm parking lot of Becher Bay Road. See the CRD website for more info, or call 250-478-3344. 

CELEBRATION, SUPPER AND FUND RAISER FOR O.U.R ECOVILLAGE
Aug 24th, 2:00 PM-10:00 PM, O.U.R Ecovillage, 1565 Baldy Mountain Road, Shawnigan Lake. 
The Inclusive Leadership Co-Operative hosts a fundraiser to protect O.U.R. Ecovillage, featuring tours of the village, community co-created entertainment, and a locally sourced dinner. More info on the website. 

TALES FROM AN AFGHAN VILLAGE: AN AFTERNOON IN A SUMMER GARDEN
Aug 24th, 2:00 PM-5:00 PM, Seasons Above the Bay Guest Sutes and B&B, 1818 Pritchard Road, Cowichan Bay
Victoria chapter of Canadian Women for Women of Afghanistan host a fundraiser featuring speakers on human rights in Afghanistan, with refreshments and an Afghan Market with jewelery and handcrafted items. Proceeds support CW4WA's programs. For more info see the event page. 

YOUNG AGRARIANS FARMER MIXER AT WIND WHIPPED FARM 
Aug 24th, 4:00 PM onwards, Wind Whipped Farm, 4645 William Head Rd, Metchosin. 
Tour Wind Whopped Farm, a half-acre market garden and home of the Local Food Box CSA partnership, and share in a potluck dinner at Taylor Beach. Bring a dish to share, plates, and utensils. More info on the Facebook page.

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. 

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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