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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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Action Teams
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Featured events

AT UVIC:

SACRED ECOLOGY
Monday January 19th, 6:30PM
University of Victoria Chapel
Join us for an introduction to the practices of sacred ecology, every Monday from 6:30pm to 8pm (except Monday Feb. 9/ BC Family Day). Engage in an ecologically sensitive spirituality for these times, and explore an emerging worldview that integrates the wisdom of spiritual traditions, science and systems theory, eco-psychology, deep ecology and our own local skills and knowledge.

GETTING TO KNOW MARINE MAMMALS
January 20th to February 17th
Interested in learning more about marine species in our nearby waters? Sign up for the Marine Mammals of BC workshop series offered by Continuing Studies. Find more details here.

UVIC COMMUNITY GARDEN VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION AND GARDEN TOURS
Friday January 23rd, 10:30AM; Wednesday January 27st, 10:30PM
UVic Campus Community Garden
We have two volunteer orientation sessions taking place at the garden this week. Come join us to tour the garden, learn about what projects are going on, and lend a hand!  See their website for more details.

A DIALOGUE: CLIMATE CHANGE, DIVESTMENT AND SOCIETY,
Monday January 26th, 7:00 PM
Room B150 of the Bob Wright Centre
This event will bring together a panel that includes a student, a Suncor executive, and a member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, among others, to discuss sustainable investment practices and how divestment can address climate change. See the event website for more details.

SPOKES' COMMUNITY BICYCLE DONATION
Saturday, January 31st 9:30AM
Centennial Stadium
Donate your unwanted adult bicycle to the UVic SPOKES Bicycle Recycling Program. Donations will help replenish the depleted stock so SPOKES can continue providing students with affordable and environmentally-friendly transportation! Volunteers will be located at Centennial Stadium at UVic for donation drop-off from 9:30am to 2:00pm. Facebook link


COMMUNITY EVENTS:

LOOK - NO CARBON! THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION,
Monday January 19th, 7:00PM,
First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral
Can we meet our transportation needs without using oil? Creating a world in which transportation produces zero carbon emissions is a critical part of the global effort to tackle the climate crisis. Facebook link

CLIMATE CHANGE AND VICTORIA’S ECOSYSTEMS
Wednesday January 21st, 7:00pm
Presentation by Dr. Richard Hebda, Curator of Botany and Earth History, Royal BC Museum. Habitat Acquisition Trust AGM. Everyone is welcome. Swan Lake Nature House. See their  website for more details

THE TROUBLEMAKERS CARARET
Wednesday January 21st, 7:00
This is the inaugural night of the Troublemaker's Cabaret: an evening of artistic performance, live music, community-building, and political rants. We are coming together to highlight some of the amazing work that is being done by amazing people here at home, as well as to forge new relationships amongst community organizers and activists. Facebook link

COMPOST ED. CENTRE: WINTER PRUNING WORKSHOP
Saturday January 24th, 2:00PM
1216 North Park Street
Costs $15/members, $20/non members. Learn about pruning fruit trees, berry bushes and canes. Improve the quality and yield of your crops and discover how to best maintain your plant's health! Details here.

THE WILD LIFE COLLECTIVE JANUARY MARKET
Saturday January 24th, 12:00PM
1320 Broad Street, Lacey-Lou Tapas Lounge Inc.
Great Drinks * Delicious Food * Acoustic music all day while you peruse the unique collection of vendors we have in this line up. Everything from handmade jewelry and books to beer jellies, underwater photography, yummy fudge, beautiful wall art and more!

ELECTION DAY IN CANADA
Wednesday January 28th, 7:00PM
Online webcast and at the Victoria Event Centre
This Film,starring veteran Ottawa filmmaker/journalist Peter Smoczynski, examines the dramatic rise of voter suppression in Canada during the 2011 Federal Election, the aftermath to the present day Fair Elections Act. Presented by Open Cinema in partnership with Focus Magazine and the Canada Media Fund. See their Event details here.

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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