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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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Bike to Work Week prize winners

We're pleased to announced that Nic Scott from Ocean Network Canada's "North Pacific Gyre" team is our grand draw prize winner for a cycling trip for two with Island Joy Rides. And Jennifer Oakes from the Gustavson School of Business's "Go Gustavson!" team won the special "new rider" draw prize of a $500 gift card for Oak Bay Bikes. Congratulations to Nic and Jennifer and to all of the hundreds of UVic Bike to Work Week participants!

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Carbon Neutral Action Report

The 2013 UVic Carbon Neutral Action Report is now available for viewing. This report is produced annually to document the steps the university has taken to reduce carbon emissions and the results of the annual greenhouse gas inventory. Through the combined efforts of many people on campus, UVic has again seen a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions while our campus has continued to grow. Between 2012 and 2013, our overall emissions decreased by close to 10%, and since 2010, we've reduced the total by 17%.

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Waste Audit summary report

The summary report of the 2014 campus waste audit is now available. The good news is that although overall waste generated has increased since our last comprehensive audit in 2011, which is reflective of our growing campus population, our waste diversion rate is 68%, up from 58% in 2011. That means we're sending an larger proportion of our waste into recycling and composting streams, not the landfill.

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