Committing to sustainability

In it together
UVic's committment to sustainability is cross institutional.

Commitments in the Sustainability Action Plan

For many years UVic has demonstrated great leadership in the field of sustainability. Interdisciplinary research, green campus operations, experiential learning opportunities and innovative community partnerships have led to the establishment of policies and guidelines conveying the universities commitment to change. One such guideline is the                         The Sustainability Action Plan which outlines the universities goals, strategies, and actions in response to reducing environmental impacts on, as well as beyond campus parameters. The action plan considers two guiding strategies: first, to move towards a more encompassing approach, and second, to meet the highest standards of sustainability. Given this plan is focused on the period from 2020-2021, set goals and strategies are focused on short-term action.

Learn more about the goals below: 


Goal 1: Develop a new Sustainability Action Plan that meets the highest standards of sustainability and explore opportunities to develop a comprehensive and integrated approach with researchers and academic units. 

Goal 2:Enhance responsible investment policies to reflect industry best practices



Goal 1: All new buildings will achieve the standard of LEED V4 Gold certification or equivalent certification. Major additions to existing buildings will also strive to achieve LEED V4 Gold or equivalent certification. 

Goal 2: All new building projects and major building additions will provide for a high-performance building envelope and passive design strategies to promote energy efficiency, climate resilience and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. 

Goal 3: Evaluate the suitability of capital projects at the project planning and project management phases for opportunities to integrate measures that improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Goal 4: Utilize sustainable operational and building maintenance practices in all campus buildings and facilities. 

Goal 5: Promote an extraordinary academic environment by evaluating all new buildings and major additions for opportunities for research, education, innovation and continuous improvement. 

Learn more about UVic's built enviroment here. 


Goal: Ensure that green manufacturing standards and energy-saving criteria are applied to all computing services purchasing decisions.

Learn more about Green Computing at UVic.


Goal: Continue to develop and implement programs and activities that assist the campus community in contributing to the achievement of sustainability goals. 

Dining Services

Goal: Prioritize waste reduction practices, while enhancing diversion in campus food outlets.

Learn more about UVic's sustainable food practices here.


Goal 1: Achieve a total institutional greenhouse gas emissions reduction of 30% by Dec. 31, 2021, relative to 2010 as the baseline year.

Goal 2: Reduce campus electrical intensity by 18% by Dec. 31, 2021, relative to 2010 as the baseline year.

Goal 3: Reduce campus natural gas consumption by 30% by Dec. 31, 2021, relative to 2010 as the baseline year.


Learn more about how UVic is preventing emissions that contribute to climate change here.


Goal 1: Protect and manage the ecological diversity of the natural areas on campus and enhance the use of native species in campus landscape management.

Goal 2: Develop a formalized Integrated Pest Management Plan as part of the overall grounds managment system.

Goal 3: Reduce the quantity and improve the water quality of stormwater on campus that enters the local drainage and stream networks. 

Learn more about UVic's natural enviroment here. 


Goal: Harmonize fleet purchasing with the Clean BC goal of 40% reduction in fleet emissions by 2030.


Learn more about how UVic is involved in sustainable purchasing


Goal 1: Continue to increase the use of transit, cycling, walking and carpooling to 70% of the transportation modal split.

Goal 2: Harmonize fleet management with the Clean BC Plan goal of a 40% reduction in fleet emissions by 2030.


Learn more about what sustainable travel choices are available at UVic.


Goal 1: Increase the waste diversion rate to 82% by Dec. 31, 2021.

Goal 2: Reduce the total amount of waste produced as measured in kilograms per campus user (students, staff and faculty) by 2021, relative to 2010 as the baseline year.

Goal 3: Incorporate waste reduction engagement in the Residence Services resident survey or educational programming

Learn more about waste reduction efforts at UVic.


Goal 1: Determine the causes of increased water usage in 2018 and 2019.

Goal 2: Retrofit 25 water fountains in campus buildings for easy refilling of personal water bottles.


Learn more about how UVic is becoming an innovator in water use reduction, recovery, reuse and stewardship practices.