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Inspired by place, powered by people, committed to planet

UVic excels in climate action, sustainable cities and community development. Our commitment to climate research spans 30+ years, and with it a growing number of partnerships. View our 2024 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.

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2024 SDG rankings

The 2024 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings rated UVic:

  • 3rd in Canada for university contributions to the United Nations' SDGs, out of 2159 institutions
  • 5th in the world and 2nd in Canada for supporting Climate Action (SDG 13)
  • 4th in the world and 2nd in Canada for supporting sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11)
  • ranked in the top 50th globally for SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption, SDG 14: Life Below Water and SDG 15: Life on Land

decades of ocean climate monitoring


years of energy transition projects


centres focused on climate change

How we are making an impact

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World-leading UVic climate research gets a $4M boost

Two international project teams led by the University of Victoria received nearly $4 million in federal support to advance climate solutions. 

Collaborating across disciplines

The interdisciplinary expertise within UVic research centres, institutes and entities is making a positive impact across the region and around the globe. 

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS)
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PICS is a multi-university institute—including UVic, SFU, UBC and UNBC—that co-develops and co-delivers climate solutions research and programming with diverse partners across BC and beyond.

International Training Centre for Authorities & Leaders (CIFAL)
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CIFAL Victoria provides United Nations-accredited training programs that build regional and global capacity and leadership to advance the UN's SDGs. 

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC)
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ONC’s world-leading ocean observatories bring data to the surface, accelerating scientific discovery and delivering solutions that support ocean-and-planet sustainability for future generations.

Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic)
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By leveraging expertise from across campus, the people of IESVic create pathways to sustainable energy for communities here and around the world.

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)
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Multidisciplinary climate researchers and stakeholders collaborate to produce practical knowledge on the physical impacts of climate variability and change, as well as tools for long-term planning.

Centre for Social & Sustainable Innovation (CSSI)
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Through regenerative sustainability research, teaching and industry collaboration, CSSI at the Gustavson School of Business inspires and enables businesses to transform economies, strengthen communities and revitalize ecosystems.