The sustainability office runs several annual campaigns, if you have a suggestion for a campaign or would like to get involved please contact us at

Climate action campaigns

UVic staff earth day pledge

Last Earth Day, April 22nd 2023, Uvic Staff and Faculty on campus were supported on making a pledge! Climate Action has been defined as a top priority in the recently released Climate and Sustainability Action Plan (CSAP 2030).

Purchasing and food campaigns 

Fairtrade campus week

Fairtrade Campus Week is an opportunity to celebrate, educate, and promote the Fairtrade movement and Fairtrade certified products on Campuses across Canada! We partner wish students, volunteers, food services and local Fairtrade producers to plan activities and projects to raise awareness on the topic. 

Did you know that UVic is designated as a Fairtrade Campus? As a consumer, you can have a positive impact on the environment by choosing to buy ethical products that are fairtrade but also by choosing to buy plant-based foods that significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. 


  • Stay tuned!
Fairtrade logo
As a consumer, look for the Fairtrade Mark on products that promote social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Transportation campaigns 

Employee e-bike loan pilot program 

The 2-year pilot program will provide 100 eligible Uvic employees with an interest-free loan of up to $3,000 towards the purchase of an E-bike. Loans will be re-paid over a 2-year period by payroll deduction, to cover the cost or partial cost of their E-bike purchase. 

The OPCS received approval for $13,500 in funding through the Strategic Framework Impact Fund in Fall 2020 to cover the cost of the internal loan's (max. $300,000) interest over the 2-year period. 

  • Available to all regular, continuing staff and faculty 
  • Participants will be asked to complete a 3 minute survey

The pilot program has officially launched! If you'd like to learn more about the pilot program and how to apply for pre-approval, check out the project webpage.

Go by bike week / bike to work week

For Go By Bike Week, UVic joins Capital Bike to host a series of events to celebrate cycling as a safe, healthy, fun and convenient way to get around the city. It is an excellent excuse to enjoy good exercise and fresh air, and take climate action! 

When: June 3-9, 2024 

How to register

Visit the GoByBike website to sign up and register for the event and to get more information on the events happening around victoria. Once you've got your team registered, email the team name to  so we can track our progress collectively as a university!
  •  By registering, you will be entered to win prizes from both UVic and Go By Bike Week! 

Spring 2024 UVic celebration station

  • Wednesday June 5th between Felicitas & Čeqʷəŋín ʔéʔləŋ from 8:15 am to 10:15 am 
  • Drop by to celebrate cycling, grab a snack and coffee, get your bike tuned up, and get prepped for summer cycling by entering our table raffle prize draw. 
  • There will be celebration stations set up around the city for you to visit as you bike!


  • Draws for team leaders
  • Newbie biking prize for a new participant - newbie name draw 
  • Celebration Station Raffle Prize Draw
Bike centre location with two cyclists
By loaning out refurbished bikes, the UVic bike hub diverts waste from the landfill, promotes community health, and takes climate action.

Lighten up 

The end of Daylight Savings Time can sneak up on us, each year on the Monday after the clocks "fall back," we give out free bike lights to cyclists who are riding without any lights. At the end of the school day we'll be out on campus to help you Lighten Up! 

When? TBD


To help make sure UVic stays both pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, please #sharethespace!

"Shared Space and Safety" is Strategy 2 of the Campus Cycling Plan. In the shared space model, the pedestrian is considered the primary path user and has the right of way at all times. In the future, UVic will establish designated slow zones within Ring Road to keep both pedestrians and cyclists safe. 

Tips for cyclists: 

  • Yield to pedestrians 
  • Slow down 
  • Leave room while passing 
  • Use a bike bell 
  • Use hand signals 
  • Dismount in congested areas

When? This is an ongoing campaign, #sharethespace is year round! 

Waste reduction campaigns 

Love-a-Mug week 

During UVic's Love-a-Mug Week, we encourage you to reduce waste and break up with your paper cup and love your mug. Look out for the UVic Green team and Muggo, if they see you carrying a reusable mug they will give you a coupon for a free coffee or tea! 

When? TBD

Muggo and green team
Muggo and Green Team during Love-A-Mug Week

Energy campaigns 

Green labs 

The Green Labs program is run in partnership with the Occupational Health, Safety and Environment, and Facilities Management departments. The program runs energy reduction, chemical substitution, lab glassware recycling, and mercury thermometer replacement projects. 

See the OHS website for more details. 

When? Ongoing, contact our office at  to get involved! 

Holiday shutdown 

Did you know that office electronics continue to draw energy even when they are turned off, yet still plugged in? This is known as the standby power and when added together this could account for approximately 10% of the university's energy consumption! 

You can help reduce your department's standby power by participating in the Holiday Device Shutdown! 

When? December 25th - January 2 (or when you leave for holiday)