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Climate & Sustainability Action Plan

Worms eye view of tree caonpy in Mystic Vale.

The University of Victoria is deeply dedicated to our collective responsibility to address climate and sustainability. Our Strategic Framework provides a commitment for the university to be a global leader in environmental, social and institutional sustainability. Urgent action is needed and UVic is exceptionally well positioned to respond to the IPCC report and the Paris Agreement by offering ambitious, creative and integrated solutions, while valuing Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

Our community plays an important role in the development of the climate action and sustainability plan. Work is underway and will culminate this spring in the Climate and Sustainability Action Plan (CSAP).

The plan will offer a comprehensive and integrated approach to addressing sustainability and climate change. It will also include tangible, measurable outcomes to move toward our vision for a sustainable future. The plan will respect Indigenous knowledge and value Indigenous ways of knowing and being, in particular on Vancouver Island.

The plan will respond to global calls for climate emergency action. It will demonstrate leadership within the growing movement of organizations working with government and community partners to accelerate their climate responses.


Development of the plan has been ongoing since March 2021 through a broad campus and community engagement process. Officially launching in fall 2022, it will provide an integrated approach in striving for climate solutions and guiding UVic’s sustainability practices in every domain. 

New strategies will build on UVic’s existing structures, expertise and activities, and seek new opportunities for innovation and collaboration across research, academics, operations and community relations. 

The plan will also be informed by: 

Community engagement

We have greatly valued your feedback through engagement with our community. 

Campus and community-wide events were planned for you to share your feedback and ideas on the plan:

CSAP vision & ideas – Mar. 29 to Apr. 23, 2021

CSAP goals, strategies & actions – July-Dec. 2021

  • Theme-based Task Force Groups were engaged to build on the spring 2021 engagement outcome to build goals, strategies and actions for the plan.


The development of the plan is taking place between winter 2021 and summer 2022. During the planning phases, UVic will pursue ambitious, accelerated climate and sustainability action across the university.

Spring 2021

Phase 1: Campus engagement, begin accelerated actions

Accelerated actions are underway.

We held our first campus-wide engagement in March-April 2021. Campus stakeholders were invited to share their input for the vision of the plan and ideas for action.

Download the engagement summary

Summer-Fall 2021

Phase 2: Action development and planning

Theme-based Task Force working groups focused on planning areas for targets, goals, strategies and actions.

Planning reflected an in-depth analysis of existing policy and built on the outcomes of Phase 1 community engagement.

Winter-Spring 2022

Phase 3: Draft the plan

Write and review the plan, obtain approvals.
Spring-Summer 2022

Phase 4: Finalize the plan

Complete the plan.

 The final plan will launch in fall 2022.

Project leadership

Project Sponsor: Office of the President, and Executive Council

Integrated Steering Committee (ISC)  

Made up of students, faculty and staff, the ISC reviews and coordinates the development of the CSAP project in the context of advancing the university’s Strategic Framework. The ISC oversees project priorities, resource allocation and consideration of major cross-portfolio initiatives in surroundings of collegial governance. The ISC provides direction to, and receives inputs from, the project working groups.

Cynthia Milton (co-chair), Associate Vice-President Research

Robin Hicks (co-chair), Dean of Graduate Studies

Rachael Scarth, Associate Vice-President Research Operations

Kristi Simpson, Acting Vice-President Finance and Operations

Qwul’sih’yah’maht Robina Thomas, Vice President Indigenous

Sybil Seitzinger, Executive Director, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Kristy Faccer, Program Manager, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Jennifer Vornbrock, Executive Director, Community and Government Relations

Denise Helm, Acting Executive Director, University Communications and Marketing

Mike Wilson, Director, Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability (OCPS)

Astrid Brousselle, Director and Professor, School of Public Administration

Eric Higgs, Professor, School of Environmental Studies

Andrew Weaver, Professor, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Jeff Corntassel, Associate Professor, Department of Indigenous Studies; Acting Director, Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-led Engagement

Nahid Pourdolat Safari, Director of Student Affairs, University of Victoria Graduate Students’ Society (GSS)

Emily Lowan, (former) Director of Campaign and Community Relations, University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS), current undergraduate student representative

Susan Kerr (support), CSAP Project Manager; Manager, Sustainability, Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability

CSAP Task Force Groups (Phase 2)

The task force groups were made up of student, faculty and staff—experts in their areas.

The CSAP task force groups:

  • Develop draft goals, strategies and supporting actions for the plan
  • Prioritize ideas and actions based on group input, survey results, best practice frameworks and gap analysis
  • Provide recommendations to support the ISC in developing, implementing and integrating identified actions and plans

Task Force Groups

  • Co-Chair: Cynthia Milton, Associate Vice-President Research
  • Co-Chair: Andrew Weaver, Professor, School of Ocean and Earth Sciences
  • Christina Hoicka, Associate Professor, Geography
  • Julia Baum, Professor, Biology
  • Joaquin Trapero, Director, Strategic Research Initiatives, OVPRI
  • Eric Higgs, Professor, Environmental Studies, ISC member
  • Natalie Ban, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
  • Madeleine McPherson, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
  • Tamara Krawchenko, Assistant Professor, Public Administration
  • Midhat Malik, Graduate Student Representative (School of Business)

  • Co-Chair: Robin Hicks, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Co-Chair: Astrid Brousselle, Professor & Director, School of Public Administration
  • Heather Norton, Graduate student (Mech. Eng), Climate Solutions Challenge winner
  • Ellie Gilchrist, Undergraduate student (Geog.), CSN member
  • Chris Kennedy, Professor & Director of Industrial Ecology program
  • David Atkinson, Chair Geography
  • Maia Hoeberechts, Associate Director, Learning and Community Engagement, ONC
  • Kara Shaw, Associate Professor, Acting Director, Environmental Studies
  • Adam Monaham, Professor, Earth and Sciences, CSN Member
  • Kalenne Heikkila, Manager, Education and Training

  • Co-Chair: Mike Wilson, Director, Campus Planning and Sustainability
  • Co-Chair: Curran Crawford, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Gary Bridgens, Director, Maintenance & Operations, FGMT
  • Jim Forbes, Director, Campus Services
  • Xavier Serrano, Director, Purchasing Services
  • Ron Kozsan, Director Infrastructure, University Systems
  • Hannah Teicher, Research-in-Residence Built Environment, PICS
  • Andrew Coward, Treasurer, Acting AVP VPFO
  • Emily Lowan, undergraduate student, ISC member
  • Chad Dalrymple, Assoc. Director, Residence Services
  • Robin Pollard, UVSS Campaigns and Community Relations
  • David Adams, Energy Manager, FGMT

  • Chair: Jeff Corntassel, Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies / Associate Director of Centre for Indigenous research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE)
  • Carey Newman, Audain Professor, Visual Arts (sculpture)
  • Rob Hancock, Assistant Professor and IACE Associate Director Academic
  • Peter Underwood, Student and Manager, Native Students Union
  • Tracy Underwood, PhD Graduate student, Child and Youth Care
  • SELW̱ÁN SḰÁL (Elders' Voices) / Knowledge Holder attend when available
  • Ry Moran, Associate University Librarian, Reconciliation
  • Tanisha Nuttall, Indigenous student alum
  • Hannah Gentes, Indigenous student alum
  • Dorathea Harris, Project Manager, Indigenous President's Office

  • Co-Chair: Jennifer Vornbrock, Executive Director, Community and Government Relations
  • Co-Chair: Kristy Faccer, Program Manager, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS)
  • Jen Kyffin, Community Liaison Officer, Research and Innovation
  • Nigal Bismar, UVSS Director At Large
  • Rhianna Nagel, Community-Engaged Learning Coordinator, Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation (LTSI)
  • Julie Potter, Associate Director
  • Robert Gifford, Professor, Psychology
  • Eric Higgs, Professor, Environmental Studies, ISC member
  • Crystal Tremblay, Assist. Professor, Geography
  • Jerome Etwaroo, Associate Director, Innovation Centre

CSAP Review Team (Phase 3)

The Review Team provides overview, constructive feedback and insight in reviewing the writing of the CSAP by the PMT. The Review Team contributes positive and insightful impact to the project, and as well as valued expertise on climate action and sustainability.

Campus partnerships & resources

A strong network of campus experts contribute to climate and sustainability research, operations and advocacy at UVic. Their efforts will help to realize the goals and targets of the CSAP.  

Campus champions include: 

Campus resources:

Contact us

If you have questions or comments about the Climate and Sustainability Action Plan, please email us.

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