History of sustainability at UVic

medical sciences building
The Medical Science Building was the first LEED Gold building on campus

UVic’s commitment to sustainability has been consistent since at least the year 2000, when the first sustainability coordinator position was created. Since then significant advancements have been made.

  • In 2004, the university certified the Medical Sciences Building as the first LEED Gold building on campus. 
  • In 2006, the university published its first Sustainability Report. 
  • In 2007, the university completed its first greenhouse gas inventory.
  • In March 2009 the Board of Governors approved the Sustainability Policy.
  • In June 2009 the university authored its first Carbon Neutral Action Report, which continues to serve as a annual report on university climate action.
  • In late 2009, the university completed the first Sustainability Action Plan for Campus Operations.
  • In 2010, Facilities Management created the Waste Reduction Unit and Energy Manager Program.
  • In mid-2011, the university created a Revolving Sustainability Fund to help fund energy reduction projects. 
  • In late-2011, the Waste reduction unit conducted its first waste audit and the Energy Manager began the process of modernizing university buildings.
  • In 2012, the university conducted a water audit and began to reduce water use.
  • In January 2014, the university achieved a gold rating through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS), which at the time made UVic a leader in sustainability. 
  • In early-2014, the university renewed its commitment to sustainability through the Sustainability Action Plan renewal. 
  • In late-2016, the university authored a mid-term update on the progress made on the Action Plan goals.
  • In January 2017, the university achieved its second STARS gold rating and a spot in the top ten most sustainable post-secondary institutions in North America.
  • In January 2019, the university published its first Campus Cycling Plan.