Campaigns

Two students stand beside UVic's Fairtrade campus designation sign while drinking coffee from reusable mugs.
Fairtrade Campus Week is Oct. 26 - 30, 2020. Learn more about activities throughout the week by clicking on the Fairtrade Campus Week expander below.

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 action@uvic.ca.

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 with students, volunteers, food services and local Fairtrade producers to plan activities and projects to raise awareness on the topic. 

When? October 26-30, 2020 

Activities:

  • Daily Fairtrade Quizzes: Fair Trade Canada is providing daily quizzes throughout Fairtrade Campus Week that anyone can take to be entered for the chance to win some Fairtrade treats! 
  • Fairtrade Filmography: Take a study/work break and learn a little more about about how buying Fairtrade products can make a difference in the lives of farmers and workers. Watch one of the many Fairtrade films - they range from just a few minutes to full feature length movies!
  • Virtual Coffee Chat: On Oct. 30 from 12 - 12:45 pm, join Campus Planning and Sustainability for a mid-day break to hear from a special guest speaker on the importance of Fairtrade products. Bring your questions and your Fairtrade trivia knowledge! We'll be playing a game for the chance to win a Fairtrade prize pack. Click here to register early as spaces will be limited!

Transportation campaigns 

Commuter survey

We want to know how you get to campus. The short survey takes 10-seconds to complete and will help shape our active transportation goals. 

When? The survey will be relaunched in Fall 2020. 

Go By Bike Week / Bike to Work Week

For Go By Bike Week (previously Bike to Work Week), UVic joins Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society 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 sample the benefits of commuting by bike. View the full UVic event flyer for 2020!

HOW TO REGISTER: This year, Go By Bike Week is using a new website and everyone must create a new account as well as register/join a new team. 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! There will be celebration stations set up around the city for you to visit, each with COVID-19 measures in place. Socially distant team rides to celebration stations will also be organized!

When? The 2020 Go By Bike Week will be held from September 28 to October 4! We look forward to seeing everyone 

UVic Events:

  • Virtual Participant Lunch:  Friday, October 2, 12 – 12:45 pm online. Join in to visit with your fellow cyclists, play games, win prizes, and hear from a special guest speaker! Registration details will be sent to all team leaders in advance.
  • Bike Safety Workplace Workshop: Wednesday, September 23, 12 - 2 pm by Petch Fountain. COVID-19 measures will be in place so space is limited! Register by emailing  
  • Celebration Station Check-in Contest: We will be providing a prize to the participant who visits the most celebration stations during the week. Each time you visit a celebration station take a selfie and record the station. Send your tally to  to be entered!
  • Social Media Contest: You can also win prizes by entering our Social Media contest! From Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, post a cycling photo of you and your bike on Instagram or Twitter (no selfies while riding please) and add a caption explaining why you love to bike or why you chose to ride your bike that day! Tag @green_uvic in your photo and ride away hoping to win! 
  • Team Rides: Are you working or learning from home and not sure where to bike to during Go By Bike Week? Well get your team “together” (socially distanced of course) and try one of these rides! 

Celebration Stations (masks are mandatory)

Celebration Stations are great spots to visit to collect some swag and meet some of the GBBW sponsors! Here’s a full list of Stations throughout the week: 

  • Monday, Sept. 28, 7-9am: The Galloping Goose at Tillicum 
  • Monday, Sept. 28 , 3:30-6pm: 950 Reunion Ave at Galloping Goose Trail 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7-9am: Lochside Trail at Blenkinsop Connector 
  • Tuesday, Sept. 29, 3:30-6pm: Archie Browning Centre in Esquimalt 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30, 8-9:30am: Cook Street Village 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30, 3:30-6pm: Saanich Municipal Hall 
  • Thursday, Oct. 1, 7-9am: Janion Plaza 
  • Thursday, Oct. 1, 3:30-6pm: Phillips Brewing  
  • Friday, Oct. 2, 7-9am: Oak Bay Municipal Hall 
  • Saturday, Oct. 3, 11am-1pm: Prospect Lake Community Hall 
  • Sunday, Oct. 4, 9-11am: Selkirk South 
  • Sunday, Oct. 4, 1-3pm: Switch Bridge 

Neighborhood Rides

This year, Go By Bike Week is highlighting some of their most popular Neighbourhood Rides from the past few months, as well as debuting some new ones created for Go By Bike Week by the community! Neighbourhood rides include: 

  • “scavenger hunts” 
  • “discovery rides” 
  • “ride the distance” rides  

Get your team “together” (socially distanced) and plan a couple of these to do throughout the week! 

Don't Smash Your Pumpkin

We want you to be safe out there on your bike – so much so that if you buy a helmet or lights at SUBtext, you will get a 25% discount! Protect your brain and be seen.

When? September 25 - October 25, 2020 

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 lights. At the end of the school day we’ll be out on campus to help you Lighten Up!

When? Monday November 2 | 4:30 in the Quad 

#ShareTheSpace

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 when passing 
  • Use a bike bell
  • Use hand signals
  • Dismount in congested areas

When? This is an ongoing campaign, #sharethespace 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. Watch 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? In October and February, check back for the Fall 2020 dates. 

Energy campaigns 

BC Hydro: Energy Wise Network

The Energy Wise Network is a community of leaders who are passionate about sustainability and engaging people at their organizations to reduce energy and use resources wisely. 

As a member of the Energy Wise Network, the campus planning and sustainability department participates in training, campaign toolkits, customized coaching and incentive funding to run energy reduction campaigns on campus. 

When? Ongoing but check back soon for details on the 2020 Energy Wise Program. 

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 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 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 24 - January 2 (or when you leave for holiday)