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Final report on the Sustainability Action Plan, 2009-2014

The final report on the UVic Sustainability Action Plan: Campus Operations, 2009-2014 is now available online. Check out how well we did in achieving our many goals related to making our campus more sustainable over the past 5 years.

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Staff 2014 Sustainability Champions

Congratulations to Sherri-Lynn Yazbeck, supervisor of UVic's Child Care Services, Centre Four for being chosen as the 2014 Staff Sustainability Champion! Sherri-Lynn and her team of early childhood educators, Batool Alishan, Ann Pickup, and Julia Wilson, provide nature-based learning for children 3 to 5 years old, whose parents are UVic employees or students. They exemplify the values and aims of the Staff Sustainability Champion by providing leadership and sustainability-themed education that instills a connection to nature for the young children in the program. Their approach promotes hands-on experience in environmental stewardship, learning about the cycles of life, growing their own food, connecting to local and natural spaces, cooperation,
sharing space and natural resources.

Sherri-Lynn and team, with Gayle

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Student 2014 Sustainability Champion

Congratulations to Miranda Maslany, the winner of the 2014 UVic Student Sustainability Champion award! Miranda has worked tirelously over the past couple of years to make our campus a more sustainable place to go to school, work and visit. She has been the lead organizer for the UVic Environmental Roundtables, gatherings each semester that bring together a diverse group of students all interested in environmental and social justice issues. Miranda has also organized several campus "stuff swaps" where students can exchange and reuse unwanted items including clothing and small appliances. She has shown further leadership by being a director of the campus club Common Energy, and a sustainability intern with the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability.Miranda Maslany and Jim Dunstan

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UVic achieves STARS Gold sustainability rating

UVic has officially received a Gold rating in the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). UVic is only the 5th Canadian university to achieve a gold rating under the STARS system, and the first using the updated 2.0 version of the program.

STARS is a program that North American post-secondary institutions use to measure their sustainability progress via a transparent self-reporting framework and points system. The major reporting categories are academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration. STARS ratings remain in effect for three years. Read the Media Tip and get the full report.

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Sustainability Action Plan renewal

The UVic Sustainabilty Action Plan: Campus Operations, is a five year plan to green the operations of the university. It is up for renewal in 2014 and the Office of Campus Planning & Sustainability will be hosting a series of consultations with students, staff, faculty and community members early in the new year to gather input as to what our goals and actions should be for the next five years. Keep an eye on www.uvic.ca/sustainability for updates.

Areas covered by the plan include conservation of energy and water, reduction and diversion of waste, providing althernative transportation choices, sustainable purchasing practices, construction of green buildings, and maintenance of grounds.

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Campus Bike Centre Open

The new UVic Campus Bike Centre is now open to serve UVic's cycling community! The centre provides covered bike parking for 234 bikes (horizontal and vertical racks, plus bike lockers), equipment lockers, benches and an expanded, renovated space for the SPOKES bicycle program. Racks are free for everyone to use, and lockers are available for rent on a semester by semester basis ($40 for bike lockers and $10 for equipment) by contacting Campus Security. The centre is located at the west end of the University Centre underground parkade, (formerly occupied by 28 vehicle parking spots!), with the entrance off the service road between the University Centre and Business & Economics buildings. Watch a video of our grand opening to learn more.

bike centre lockersbike centre opening

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SPOKES has re-opened

The SPOKES bicycle program has re-opened in new Campus Bike Centre in the University Centre parkade, with affordable used bike loans and rentals.

Work Party hours for November 19 to December 20, 2013

  • 1:30 to 3:30 pm and 5:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesdays
  • 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on Fridays
  • 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturdays

Please contact spokes@uvic.ca.

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Bike Locker Rentals

Bike locker rentals are now being handled by Campus Security/Parking Services, not SUBText. You can renew your rental or obtain a new one at the Campus Security desk in the Campus Security Building. Current rates are $40/semester for students and employees with a $50 key deposit. Clothing locker rentals can also be obtained here. Contact Alexis Osmond (aosmond@uvic.ca) for more information. 

Residence students can inquire about bike locker access by contacting housing@uvic.ca

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Transit improvements this fall

BC Transit is adding an additional 69 bus trips per week to campus starting September 3rd. Most of the extra trips will be possible by taking six buses off of Ring Road and instead heading directly in and out of the bus loop. These include the #'s 16x, 26, 17, 18, 29, 39 and 51. Additional peak time trips are also being added for #4, #7, and #11.

Also, Community Bus #12 will become a regular bus at peak times.

Check the BC Transit website for more details on new schedules and routes.

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