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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:

NEW STUDENT WELCOME EVENTS
Sept 2nd, 4 to 6 PM, 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.

CHEF SURVIVAL CHALLENAGE VII EXTREME
Sept 7th, 12 to 5 PM, Madrona FramGet up close and personal with your favorite chefs and our local firefighting heroes as they show us how far they will go to protect the farms that feed us. An obstacle race with aughter, great food, music. A fundraiser for The Big Dream Farm Society. Tickets and info here.

ELIZABETH MAY TOWNHALL
Sept 10th, 7 PM, Gordon Head United Church, 4201 Tyndall Ave, Saanich
Join Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands for a townhall meeting meeting with constituents and to hear about your concerns and priorities and to update constituents about her actions and work in the House of Commons on your behalf. See website for more details.

DRIVE ELECTRIC VICTORIA - ELECTRIC VEHICLE DEMONSTRATIONS
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.
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.

24 HOURS OF CLIMATE REALITY: 24 REASONS FOR HOPE
Sept 16-17th, online
Climate Reality hosts a day-long event to highlight the growing momentum for solutions to global warming  and kick off 12 months of concerted climate action worldwide. Find out more on the website.

A BLUEPRINT FOR WATERSHET GOVERNANCE IN BC
Sept 17th, 9 to 10:30 AM (PST)
A free online webinar hosted by UVic's POLIS Project on Ecological Governance will explore current water and watershed governance issues in BC with a focus on some of the “winning conditions” needed to move towards a more sophisticated approach to watershed governance in B.C. including the introduction of B.C.’s new Water Sustainability Act. Free but space is limted: Register now!

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 Facebook for more info.

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.

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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