The Ring

Campus Bike Centre opens

Thu, 2013-11-21 10:30

Campus Bike Centre

The University of Victoria opened the new indoor Campus Bike Centre on Nov. 19, with a brief bout of stormy weather–including the unusual appearance of light hail–serving to underscore the value of shelter from the elements for cyclists as they arrive on campus.

The totally enclosed facility, nestled on the west side of the University Centre parkade, offers over 230 bicycle parking spots, as well as equipment lockers.


Could seaweed be an eco-fuel?

Thu, 2013-10-17 16:13

Philippsen with a handful of seaweed. Photo: Mitch Wright
Philippsen with a handful of seaweed.

It’s already a popular ingredient for soups, sushi and even some cosmetics, but seaweed might also become a viable source of fuel to help power vehicles.


Pilot study aims to increase office recycling

Fri, 2013-08-09 09:03

VPAC and Provost Reeta Tremblay and VPFO Gayle Gorrill are pitching in.
VPAC and Provost Reeta Tremblay and VPFO Gayle Gorrill are pitching in to help meet the university’s sustainability goals.

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.


Dr. Vandana Shiva: Starting a revolution—from the ground up

Wed, 2013-04-10 11:52

Vandada Shiva visiting the UVic Community Gardens display at the UVic Local Comm
Vandada Shiva visiting the UVic Community Gardens display at the UVic Local Community Market on March 26. Photo: Mitch Wright

It all begins with the seed. By its very nature, a seed can give so much: “You plant one seed, the seed will give you thousands.” From the seed comes food, and “food is creation itself.” These are the sentiments of Dr. Vandana Shiva, who presented a President’s Distinguished Lecture on March 27, following a special 50th anniversary convocation ceremony.


Can you “Kick the Plastic”?

Wed, 2013-04-10 11:23

Kick the Plastic team members. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Kick the Plastic team members. Photo: UVic Photo Services

How about making your own toothpaste or using handmade cloth bags to store food? A group of Geography 101A students got inspired and started their own “Kick the Plastic” project after they watched the movie, “The Green Bin Project.”


Charge it up! Electric vehicle charging stations

Mon, 2013-04-01 00:00

Pedersen charging his car on campus. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Pedersen charging his car on campus. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Tom Pedersen, executive director of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), plugged in his Nissan Leaf electric vehicle for its inaugural on-campus charge on April 3 at one of UVic’s new electric vehicle charging stations. Two level-2 (240 volt) 60-amp stations are now available for use by faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus outside the Campus Security Building in parking lot #2. Located in metered parking spaces, the charging stations cost $1.50 per hour for a maximum of two hours.

Funding was provided by the provincial government’s Community Charging Infrastructure Project, an incentive program that has funded over 500 electric vehicle charging stations across BC.


Photographer Paul Nicklen puts a face to endangered wildlife

Mon, 2013-03-11 09:46

Nicklen. Courtesy of National Geographic/UVic Torch Alumni Magazine
Nicklen. Courtesy of National Geographic/UVic Torch Alumni Magazine

Paul Nicklen’s first words to a packed audience at UVic’s Farquhar auditorium on Feb. 6 were “I am incredibly honored to be here, and in fact I’m in utter disbelief, given my track record here at this university 23 years ago.” Nicklen was invited to speak for UVic’s Alumni week, which honors everything UVic’s grads do for their communities, and as a 1990 grad and Canada’s only photographer for National Geographic, he certainly fits the bill.


BCom students take second place in national sustainability challenge

Fri, 2013-03-08 07:48

Gustavson Greenshifters, (L-R) Chen, Staynor, Sallows, Qin. Photo UVic Photo Ser
Gustavson Greenshifters, (L-R) Chen, Staynor, Sallows, Qin. Photo UVic Photo Services

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.


Trustworthy information on energy issues

Fri, 2013-03-01 11:14

Whiticar with UVic students Charlotte Helston (left), Colin Etienne, and Andrew
Whiticar with UVic students Charlotte Helston (left), Colin Etienne, and Andrew Farris (right). Photo: Maria Lironi

From fuel cells to fracking, tailpipes to pipelines, debates both public and political are raging across the province over energy issues. Recognizing a need for an easily accessible, independent source of information on energy, Dr. Michael Whiticar (earth and ocean sciences) set out to create an extensive, comprehensive assemblage of unbiased information on BC energy sources, types and issues. He believes he’s accomplished that with the new website: www.energybc.ca.


Gift of $500,000 supports social responsibility, sustainable innovation

Mon, 2013-02-25 13:13

L-R: Chuck Jeannes, President and CEO of Goldcorp Inc. and Saul Klein, Dean of t
L-R: Chuck Jeannes, President and CEO of Goldcorp Inc. and Saul Klein, Dean of the Gustavson School of Business.

A generous donation of $500,000 from Vancouver-based resource firm Goldcorp Inc. to UVic’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business will help support new initiatives at the school's Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI).