Office of Campus Planning & Sustainability
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.
Our work is guided by the Sustainability Action Plan: Campus Operations, 2009-2014. Check it out to find out more about our vision, goals and priority action areas.
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.
Featured eventsEARLY EARTH DAY AND RECYCLING WEEK
March 10-13, Fraser Building Lounge
Do you have an accumulating supply of not-easily-recyclable goods that are taking up room and yet pain you to throw away? The UVic Environmental Law Club will take them off your hands for proper recycling from March 10 - 13, so don't throw them out! Bring the following items to the tables outside the lounge in the Fraser Building; we'll focus on different items on each of the following days, but feel free to bring any items on any of the days:
- Mon 10th: electronics (including batteries and ink cartridges)
- Tues 11th: running shoes, bras (the ones that the Goodwill won't take, i.e. on their last legs)
- Wed 12th: styrofoam
- Thurs 13th: books/magazines (these will be sold in a used book sale, as a fundraiser for the ELC)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
A 50% REDUCTION IN TRANSPORT EMISSIONS? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?
Mar 11th, Noon to 1 PM
Free webinar hosted by the BCSEA featuring transportation researcher and planner, Todd Litman. Info and registration on website.
FALLOUT FROM FUKUSHIMA: NUCLEAR ENERGY, POLITICAL POSITIONING, CIVIL SOCIETY AND SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES
Mar 11th, 4 to 6 PM, HSD, Room A240
CAPI presents a panel discussion on the complexities of the Japanese economic and political establishment, the rold of civil society actors and activists, and the scientific discourse surrounding the Fukushima nuclear disaster. See website for more info.
Mar 11th, 7:30 PM, Fraser, Room 159
Victoria Natural History Society hosts screening of film by BC's Coastal First Nations on the state of bear conservation in BC's Great Bear Rainforest. Panel discussion follows. Bring friends, family and a coffee mug.
THE TREES THAT SEA THE SKY: AN EVENING OF STORIES, SONGS AND POEMS
Mar 12th, 7 PM, First Metropolitan United Church (Quadra at Balmoral)
Evening of presentations and peformances on experiencing the sacred in the natural world. Tickets, $15/$12, include refreshments. See website for more info.
TRUST FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY FUNDRAISING CONCERT FEATURING ANN MORTIFEE AND MARTYN JOSEPH
Mar 14th, 7 Pm, Lambrick Park Church, 1780 Feltham Road
Fundraising event hosted by Friends of Elkington Forest and Foreman Properties. Tickets $25 in advance or at the door. See website to purchase tickets.
RADICAL REELS TOUR
Mar 14th, 7 PM, Cinecenta, SUB
An exhilerating night of high-adrenaline extreme sport short films produced by the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Fundraiser for Sierra Club of BC. Tickets $20. See website for more details.
Mar 17th, 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Campus View Room, Cadboro Commons
LOST RIVERS: CANADA WATER WEEK FILM SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION
Mar 18th, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, HHB, Room 105
READY, SET, GROW! CONTAINER GARDENING IN SMALL SPACES
Mar 20th, 7:30 to 9 PM, Saanich Commonwealth Place
First in a series of food gardening workshops hosted by Lifecycles and Saanich. See website for more details.
CHANGING GEARS - SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION EXPO
Mar 22nd, 11 AM to 5 PM, Pearkes Recreation Centre
The BC Sustainable Energy Association and partners present a day of information on sustainable transportation options and ideas. Will feature displays and presentations from local organizations, governments and local businesses on understanding the carbon footprint of transportation, re-designing streets and urban spaces for people not vehicles, developing infrastructures to support "active transportation", improving the reach, diversity and comfort of transit options and electric vehicles. See website for more info.
Mar 22nd, 7 to 10 PM, Alix Goolden Hall
Learn more about sustainability at UVic from our Sustainability Coordinators
Learn more about the Campus Bike Centre
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