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Sustainability Photo Contest Winners

The winners of UVic's first Sustainability Photo Contest have been announced! Students, staff and faculty were asked to submit campus photos under one of the following themes: Wonders, Challenges and Solutions. Photos were narrowed down to four finalists in each category by a group of judges. These photos were placed on the Martlet website for open voting by the campus community. Our winners are:

Wonders Category:

Winner – Don Fleming for “Morning Pause”

Runner Up – Asa Bluck for “Leaf in Drainage Pond” 

Challenges Category:

Winner – Megan Nell for “Share the Air Bench” 

Runner Up – Dave Norwell for “Butts”

Solutions Category:

Winner – Asa Bluck for “Transportation”

Runner Up – Elizabeth Stevenson for “One Choice”

Winners in each category receive a $250 UVic Book Store gift card, and the runners up, $100.

The photos can be viewed on our Facebook page:

Thanks to everyone who participated!

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Sustainability Photo Contest

As part of Campus Sustainability Week (Oct 6th to 10th), we are pleased to announce the launch of UVic's first Sustainability Photo Contest. Members of the campus community are encouraged to submit digital photos of "What campus sustainability means to me" along one of the following themes:

Wonders: What about our campus is unique and awes and inspires you? Is Mystic Vale, the integration of Indigenous culture and art, or the deer and other wildlife?

Challenges:  What are the challenges to long-term sustainability on campus as you see them? Is it a picture of a threatened ecosystem, an image of traffic congestion, or waste? Show us what you see so that together, we can spark a conversation about what we need to do.

Solutions:  What features or initiatives on campus best demonstrate solutions to sustainability challenges. Is it a rooftop garden, the Campus Bike Centre, or composting stations? Maybe it’s the actions of the people who go to school and work here. Share what you see so that others can adopt these best practices.

Contest deadline is 4 PM on Wednesday, Oct 1st. Four shortlisted photos from each category will be placed on the contest Facebook page where people can "like" their favorites, and on the Martlet website and placed on display at various venues around campus during Campus Sustainability Week, Oct 6-10.

The grand prize winner in each category will recieve a $250 UVic bookstore gift card, and the runners up a $100 gift card. Winners will be announced at EarthFest in SUB the evening of Oct 9th.

Download the poster here and let us know if you would like printed copies for distribution in your department.

See full contest details here and contact for more information.

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Got a sustainability issue that you're passionate about? Researching a topic you're dying to share with others? Show us your stuff - speech, poem, song - in 3 minutes for less!

As part of Campus Sustainability Week (Oct 6th to 10th), the Office of Camups Planning & Sustainability and the UVic Sustainability Project are hosting UVic's first ECOSPEAK Contest. An opportunity to entertain and enlighten your peers, get some great public speaking experience, and a chance to win a $250, $150 or $75 bookstore gift card. Open to all UVic students. Deadline to apply is Friday, Oct 3rd, and accepted presentations will be made at Earthfest, Oct 9th 3:30-5:00 PM in SUB.

Download the poster here and let us know if you would like printed copies for distribution in your department or club.

Full contest details can be found here.

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New Student BBQ reduces waste

Congratulations to all the zero-waste volunteers and participants at this year's New Student Orientation BBQ for achieving a waste diversion rate of 82.5%! That means less than 20% of all the waste generated went to the landfill – the rest was either composted or recycled.

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Wheat paper is the new standard

UVic Printing Services has officially switched to using wheat paper as the house stock. This paper is made from 60% wheat straw residue from the wheat farming process, 35% FSC certified recycled wood fibre and 5% FSC certified plantation fibre, and produces 40% less carbon emissions than traditional wood papers. Compared to conventional paper, one box of wheat paper conserves an entire tree, which means Printing Services will conserve 600 trees per year! Find out more from the Printing Services website.

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Bike & Gear Lockers for rent

Students and employees can rent bike lockers and gear lockers in the Campus Bike Centre and various other locations across campus. Rates for bike lockers are $40 per semester (plus $50 key deposit), and gear lockers are $10 per semester, plus $10 lock deposit. Bot are available through Campus Security.

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New Transit Exchange is Open!

The new transit exchange next to the Student Union Building is now open! UVic and BC Transit have worked together to add 10 new bus bays that allow us to conveniently cluster the downtown buses (Numbers 4, 7, 11, 14 & 15x) together in the area of the old exchange, and the McKenzie/Gordon Head buses (Numbers 12, 13, 16x, 26, 39, 51, & 76x) in the new areas. See the Notice to Riders for more info on how the bus stops will be configured.
There are also a number of service improvements starting Sept 2nd:
  • Esquimalt residents will now be better served by the Route 15X Esquimalt/UVic with direct access to UVic, Camosun College Lansdowne campus and the Royal Jubilee Hospital.
  • Increased service on Route 4 Hillside/UVicRoute 12 University Heights/UVic and Route 39 UVic/Royal Roads to better serve customers who are travelling to the region’s largest post-secondary institutions
  • Late night service on Friday and Saturday nights, currently available on routes 4, 6 and 14 will be extended to routes 15X Dockyard/UVic, 27 Gordon Head, 28 Majestic and 50Langford/Downtown. Extra late night runs leave the downtown core at 12:30 a.m., 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m.

For more info on routes and schedules call 250-382-6161, or visit the BC Transit Website.

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UVic added to Princeton Review's 'Green Honour Roll'

The Princeton Review has tallied its “Green Ratings” for 861 colleges in the US and Canada, and the University of Victoria is the only Canadian university to make the top 24 on its 2015 “Green Rating Honor Roll.”
Only those schools that achieved a perfect score of 99 were named to the honour roll, based on criteria in three areas: 1) healthy and sustainable campus life; 2) preparation of students for employment in a world defined by environmental challenges; and 3) the school’s overall commitment to environmental issues.
UVic is committed to promoting the development of a sustainable society through education and research and the stewardship of our own financial and physical resources. 
To see the full list of "Green Honour Roll" institutions, click here.

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Bees in Community Garden

Did you know that the Campus Community Garden is now home to its very own apiary? The honeybee colonies, installed in the spring, provide numerous benefits to the community and the surrounding environment by creating an opportunity for university and elementary classes to deepen their understanding of bees, as well as boosting the vitality of the community garden and surrounding areas through increased pollination. Read about it in the Victoria News article.

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