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Nominate a staff sustainability champion

Do you work with someone who is making a special effort to promote sustainability in the workplace and/or across campus? A call for nominations for the UVic Staff Sustainability Champion Award 2015 is now open!

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UVic 2014 traffic survey

Since 1996 the university has conducted regular comprehensive surveys of traffic access patterns to and from the campus for a typical fall (October) weekday.  The survey report from 2014 indicates that the travel modes of transit, pedestrians, vehicles with passengers and cyclists account for approximately 60% of all trips. The university's Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program supports the use of sustainable transportation by the campus community and visitors. The Sustainability Action Plan: Campus Operations 2014 -2019 includes a goal to increase the use of transit, cycling, walking and carpooling to 70% of the transportation modal split by 2019.

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Sustainability Action Plan 2014-2019

The new UVic Sustainability Action Plan: Campus Operations, 2014-2019 is now finalized and can be dowloaded here. This five year strategic plan to incorporate sustainability into all aspects of the operation of the university includes goals and actions in nine operational areas: buildings, computing, dining services, energy, grounds, purchasing, transportation, waste and water. It also includes sections on planning, coordination, administration and engagement. A printed copy can be obtained by contacting

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New Bike Winner

Congratulations to first year student Elise Pullar, our winner of the new bike from Russ Hay's Bikes! Elise was one of 40 participants in our Cycling Safety Seminar held as part of Bike to Campus Day, Oct 8th.

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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 – Amanda 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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Traffic Audit This Week

UVic's bi-annual traffic audit counts take place this week, Oct 20th to 24th. Be on the look out for counters taking stock of the number of people arriving and leaving campus via various modes of transportation including bike, walking and single occupancy vehicles. HINT: It's a good week to ride your bike and be included in the bike counts! You can view the results of our previous traffic audits 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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