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.
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:
Winner – Don Fleming for “Morning Pause”
Runner Up – Amanda Bluck for “Leaf in Drainage Pond”
Winner – Megan Nell for “Share the Air Bench”
Runner Up – Dave Norwell for “Butts”
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/798015393582173/.
Thanks to everyone who participated!
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.
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.