Student Sustainability

student sustainabilty

Being a student is difficult enough as is, trying to incorporate sustainability shouldn’t have to be. On this page you’ll find helpful tips on how to live more eco-friendly, save money and focus on your health and well being.


Check out Gustavson’s sustainability tip sheet on how to live a more sustainable life!


Check out the Climate toolkit to find sustainability-related events, on-campus opportunities and more! 

 

Waste Management

Some helpful tips when you are disposing of waste on campus include:

  • All food can go into compost bins
  • Smoothie cups can be composted
  • Coffee cups and lids go in the orange bin

Greener Commute 

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  • Commuting by bike is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. To make this easier, all Victoria busses have bike racks on the front so you can bike one way and take the bus the other. This BC transit video shows how easy it is to use the bike racks.
  • Some great bike routes can be found on this bike map

There are plenty of ways to get involved in sustainability initiatives on campus where you can meet new friends, add to your resume and help make the world a better place.

University of Victoria Sustainability Movement (UVSM) website and Facebook page

 

A sample of on-campus groups:

 

Student Health 101 is a magazine with heaps of helpful health and wellness tips from fitness to finance to food. 

Social, Emotional and Spiritual

Below are some articles about different ways you can improve your social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. 

Learning

Resources

  

Physical

It is important to take care of your physical wellbeing so that you can live longer, relieve stress and overall feel better about yourself. 

Learning

Resources

  • CARSA membership
  • Bike to Work Week is in May and Bike to Work Day in October each year. We welcome walkers, in-line skaters, wheelchairers, cyclists.... If you self-propel, we want you! Contact cssi@uvic.ca for more info.
  • Check out a map of all cycling amenities here! This includes showers, bike lockers, charging stations, air pumps and more! 

 

Intellectual

A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body. Check out these resources to keep your mind at peak performance. 

 

Financial

Below are some resources for budgeting and financial wellbeing because finances can be a very stressful part of one’s life.

Thrift Stores 

Thrift stores are a great alternative to fast fashion. There are so many interesting items in thrift stores that you might not be able to find anywhere else so you can have a unique style and keep clothes out of the landfill! Here are a few thrift stores in Victoria to check out:                           

Local Markets 

Shopping local is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and help your local economy. Below is a list of local victoria markets to fin fresh produce and more.

Low Waste Stores 

Zero packaging stores are a great way to get your necessities and keep packaging out of landfills 

Bike Repair Shops 

If you ride your bike a lot you’ll end up needing to get it repaired so that it lasts for a long time. Here are a few shops in Victoria to get your bike tuned up or fixed. Some shops also sell used bikes so you can give a bike a second life:

Local Food and Farms

BC Farms and Food has a website, a video, and a map to find local products and restaurants on Vancouver Island. You'll get hungry just looking at the pictures!

Meal Exchange

The registered charity Meal Exchange believes that post-secondary campuses are an ideal leverage point for tackling food security and sustainability in Canada, and that student leaders have the power to drive this change. They provide  students with mentorship and resources, and connect them with their peers and stakeholders across the country. They run several different programs and even hire students! 

The Good Stuff: UVic Food Services

50% of UVic Food Services food is local!

They also serve Beyond Fair Trade coffee, and their recycling and composting programs lead the way for other big organizations across the country. They even recycle cooking oil for biodiesel!

Their website has more details about their sustainability initiatives.

UVic Food Services has lots of vegetarian items. There's a complete list of places to eat on their website - check it out for menus and hours of operation too.

Village Greens has vegetarian and vegan choices, hot or cold, main dishes to desserts.