UVic Sustainability Champion Awards

Sustainability Champions Award Winners 2017
2017 Sustainability Champion Award recipients Bentley Sly, Grounds manager, Facilities Management and Julia Jennings, School of Environmental Studies student

The Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability selects one UVic staff member and one undergraduate student(s) as Sustainability Champions to recognize and celebrate individuals whose leadership has made UVic more environmentally sustainable. Initiatives can include reducing waste, conserving energy, promoting sustainable transportation or any of the other sustainability topics covered in the Sustainability Action Plan for Campus Operations 2014-2019.

2017 Sustainability Champion Award Winners

Bentley Sly, Manager of Grounds, Facilities Management

Bentley Sly came to UVic as the Manager of Grounds in October 2006.  During his time here at UVic he has spearheaded many sustainability initiatives and has acted as an important connecter between the Sustainability Action Plan and Operations.  He was an active participant in developing the first Sustainability Action Plan in 2009.

Bentley’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of UVic’s surrounding ecosystems is demonstrated through his passion for working with various faculty and consultants in developing thorough management plans, such as Hobbs Creek/Mystic Vale watershed study, restoration of natural systems and implementation plans, and in the creation of the Waste Reduction unit on campus.

Read more about Bentley's sustainability initiatives in Featured Stories.

The 2017 Staff Sustainability Champion Award was presented at UVic's Connect U conference by Gayle Gorrill, Vice President Finance and Operations.

Julia Jennings, Environmental Studies and Geography student

2017 Student Sustainability AwardSpecializing in ecological restoration, Julia Jennings has been an integral player maintaining and improving environmental integrity and sustainability on campus. Throughout her time at UVic, in addition to her studies in Environmental Studies and Geography, Julia has been active volunteering, organizing and mobilizing ecological restoration initiatives. Her exceptional work has brought together students, staff, faculty, First Nations, and members of the greater community.

Julia is recognized by many as a tireless, dedicated, enthusiastic and effective leader. To mention a few of her accomplishments and contributions, Julia has undertaken the role of Restoration Volunteer Network Coordinator, worked as a Research Assistant to develop the University of Victoria Campus Invasive Species Management Strategy, and coordinated the preservation of Cunningham Woods.

The 2017 Student Sustainability Champion Award was presented at the School of Environmental Studies Summer Send Off celebration by Mike Wilson, Director, Campus Planning and Sustainability.


Awards History

Staff Sustainability Champion (2015)


The Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability selects one UVic staff member and one undergraduate student as Sustainability Champions to recognize and celebrate individuals whose leadership has made UVic more environmentally sustainable. We welcome your submissions.

Staff Sustainability Champion (2015)

We are proud to announce that the 2015 Staff Sustainability Champion is Miranda Harvey, Planned Giving Coordinator at UVic’s Development Office and Alumni House in the Ian Stewart complex.

Miranda inspires her colleagues to embrace sustainability in their day-to-day activities by regularly demonstratingsustainability leadership beyond the requirements of her job. Just to name a few of the many examples offered by her colleagues at Alumni House and the Development Office:

UVic sustainability programs: As leader and participant energizer, Miranda involved her office in the Green Office (GO!) challenge and Love-a-Mug week. As a result, the Ian Stewart Complex won the Green Office award due to her rallying of the employees and by using her gentle positive influence to encourage others to act while still having fun. 

Waste diversion: Miranda has expanded the Development Office’s recycling separation station to go beyond the standard UVic office system: She has put together bins for soft plastics, batteries, paper towels, and compost – all of which she ensures are all emptied and their contents taken to the appropriate places.

Sustainable transportation: Miranda bikes or buses to work and encourages her co-workers to think of alternative forms of transportation as well. She is the leader of and cheerleader for Bike to Work Week and the Commuter Challenge. She has also been witnessed politely asking people in the Ian Stewart parking lot to please refrain from idling in their cars – and some of those folks are hockey moms! 

Green printing: Miranda has taken on the printing culture and has scored some significant victories. She coaches her colleagues to not print unless it is necessary and then to only do it double-sided. She keeps a supply of used paper to print day-to-day jobs on if need be, and she collects scrap paper for use in the Child Care Services art program. Miranda even managed to convince those in control of the budget to order what paper as a more sustainable option.

Thank you to Miranda and all the nominiees for helping make UVic a more sustainable campus.

Student Sustainability Champions (2015)

The Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability selects a student(s) as a Sustainability Champion to recognize and celebrate individuals whose leadership has made UVic more environmentally sustainable. We welcome your submissions.

Student Sustainability Champion (2015)

We are proud to announce that the 2015 Sustainability Champions are Emily Thiessen and Leat Ahrony.

Leat & Emily

Emily has been a student at UVic since 2013 and has been active on Sustainability ever since. Emily has worked to engage group not traditionally engaged in sustainability and has play a key roll in Divest UVic. Emily has pushed the conversation on what sustainability on campus means.

Leat has been a student at UVic since 2011 and she has shown a strong commitment to sustainability. Leat is involved in a myriad of groups and projects on campus, all of which focus on making her community a better place for its members. One of her main groups is the University of Victoria Sustainability Project (UVSP), through which she continues to work to make UVic a more sustainable institution.

Thank you to these students and all the nominiees for helping make UVic a more sustainable campus.