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Queenswood legacy lives on in salvaged objects

April 5, 2017 - The Ring

In preparation for building renovations at the Queenswood site, several hundred items—fixtures, healthcare and commercial kitchen equipment, plumbing fixtures, millwork, appliances, even dishes and hot water tanks—have been salvaged for re-use by a variety of departments and off-campus organizations, including UVic Food Services, the University Club, Bamfield Marine Centre and Beacon Community Services.

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Environmental Studies at 40: learning and growing a greener campus

October 15, 2014 - The Ring

From the very first plans for the Gordon Head campus, natural features have been valued as a defining force in UVic’s learning environment. And the Environmental Studies program, starting small with a single course in 1975, has grown substantially — not just alongside, but as a driver of green initiatives that have helped transform the campus into an internationally recognized leader in sustainability. Many of the practices that helped UVic become the only Canadian university to make the Princeton Review’s 2015 Green Honour Roll sprouted from Environmental Studies course projects, student initiatives and partnerships across the institution.

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Pilot study aims to increase office recycling

October 2, 2013 - The Ring

Though the University of Victoria is known for its green campus and sustainable initiatives, the campus still has a ways to go to reach the goal of diverting 75 per cent of its waste from the landfill. In fact, in 2012 university offices sent approximately 12 tonnes of banned recyclable material to the Hartland landfill. In an effort to improve the rate of recycling in offices and help UVic comply with provincial and regional regulations, Facilities Management has commissioned a pilot study, running from September through November in the University Centre, Administrative Services, Business and Economics and Cornett buildings.

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BCom students take second place in national sustainability challenge

March 8, 2013 - The Ring

Upcycling chopsticks to furniture earned a quartet of business students one of the top two spots—and $15,000—in the national Walmart Green Student Challenge in Toronto Feb. 26. Vinson Chen, AJ Qin, Jennifer Sallows, and Rebecca Staynor, calling themselves the Gustavson Greenshifters, beat students from universities across Canada when they came second out of more than 150 groups that began competing last fall.

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Gustavson Greenshifters

February 6, 2013 - The Ring

Business students Rebecca Staynor, AJ Qin, Vincon Chen, and Jennifer Sallows, the Gustavson Greenshifters, have made it to the finals of the Walmart Green Student Challenge and go to Toronto to pitch their sustainable business idea in person to a panel of eminent Canadian CEOs Feb. 26. Their idea: to transform used chopsticks into oriented strand board. It will not only create a high-end building material from a free resource, but it will also create a positive “greenshift” in China by removing 45 billion chopsticks from the landfills. The winning team and their school will each receive $25,000. www.greenstudentchallenge.ca/

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Three-bin recycling station expansion

September 6, 2011 - The Ring

As of September 2011, Facilities Management in conjunction with the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability will be expanding the three-bin recycling stations into the hallways of classroom buildings campus wide. The three-bin stations consist of a bin for landfill waste (garbage), a mixed paper recycling bin and a bottles/cans/hard plastics recycling bin.

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