UVic ranks third in campus sustainability planning

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Students walk their bikes on campus. Credit: UVic Photo Services

UVic ranks third in campus sustainability planning

UVic has been recognized, once again, as a top performer by the 2022 Sustainable Campus Index, with a 100% score and a gold star rating. UVic tied for third place in the coordination and planning category, with five other top-performing Canadian universities and several international institutions.

The Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing universities and colleges who participate in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) and is released annually. UVic has continuously improved its STARS submissions, which are assessed every three years, and earned gold-level ratings each time (69.7% in 2014; 76.70% in 2017; and 80.17% in 2020).

Coordination and planning 

UVic received a score of 100% in sustainability coordination and planning, showing that success starts with a great plan. This category includes initiatives and governance practices that foster sustainability at an institutional level through strategic planning for sustainable futures. Examples include the work of the Sustainability Advisory Committee, Staff Sustainability Network and Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability, which works with students, faculty and staff across campus to meet the goals and actions set out in the Sustainability Action Plan (SAP).  


The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) is a voluntary framework used by colleges and universities to measure, report and strengthen their contributions to global sustainability. It is used by over 1,000 institutions internationally and is administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

The next STARS reporting cycle takes place in 2023.

Learn more about UVic’s Climate and Sustainability Action Plan, to be released in October 2022

View 2020 STARS story and report

Visit Campus Planning and Sustainability website


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Publication: The Ring

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