The Ring

Growing a clean-tech “ecosystem”

Tue, 2012-06-26 12:07


To create a viable and vibrant clean-tech sector in British Columbia, firms, public and non-profit sector organizations and interested individuals must work together to form an ecosystem of support for clean-tech policy and practice changes, says Dr. Charlene Zietsma of the Gustavson School of Business.

Sustainability Fund: The business case for plumbing

Fri, 2012-05-04 17:37

The Business and Economics (BEC) and David Strong buildings will get new low-flow toilets, urinals and faucets this summer, thanks to UVic’s Revolving Sustainability Fund (RSF). The proposal was put forward by Dr. Basma Majerbi, the operations chair at the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation and the lead of the greenBEC Sustainability Action Team.

Bike to Work Week rides to the rescue

Fri, 2012-05-04 17:31

Rachel Goldsworthy, Co-ordinator, Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation
Rachel Goldsworthy, Co-ordinator, Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Unlike brain power, muscle strength or dollars at the end of the fiscal year, calories don’t belong to the “use it or lose it” family. But don’t worry—Bike to Work Week rides to the rescue!

UVic hosts Saanich Cyclefest

Sun, 2012-04-22 00:00

Cyclists of all ages were treated to blue skies and warm weather as Saanich families came out in packs to the third annual Saanich Cycling Festival, held on campus April 22. The venue was fitting for the Earth Day-themed cycling celebration, as the festival transformed UVic’s parking lot 10 into a bicyclist’s paradise for kids and adults alike. Co-hosted by the University Sustainability Office, the event kicked off with two group rides for older and younger bikers, which converged on the University campus for an afternoon of music, entertainment, and education.

UVic Carrot Mob helps raise over $9K for green business

Thu, 2012-04-12 09:13

Michael Traverse and Linsi Comfort hold Carrotmob planning team member Anthea Ch
Michael Traverse and Linsi Comfort hold Carrotmob planning team member Anthea Cheng (in carrot suit). Photo: UVic Photo Services

On March 21 downtown Victoria’s Sauce Restaurant and Lounge was the site for the second annual Carrot Mob, organized by UVic’s Business Sustainability Club and dedicated to helping local businesses become more sustainable. The day of business generated $9,084 that went into a fund to help the restaurant become a greener community member.

Progress report highlights campus sustainability achievements

Wed, 2012-02-01 11:15

The University of Victoria has a reputation as one of the most sustainable campuses in Canada, but have you ever wondered what it takes to create and maintain a sustainable campus? The recently published 2009-2011 Progress Report on the Sustainability Action Plan summarizes efforts since 2009 to achieve the goals and targets of the Sustainability Action Plan: Campus Operations, 2009-2014, a strategic plan to guide the university’s approach to sustainability in operations. And much of the news is good.

New fund greenlights innovative campus sustainability projects

Tue, 2012-01-31 11:10

Sometimes simple ideas have big payoffs. The first two projects to receive funding from the University of Victoria's new Revolving Sustainability Fund will save the university enough energy and water, in less than five years, to pay for themselves in reduced utility costs.

UVic offers loans to launch sustainability ideas

Sun, 2011-09-11 10:02

Got an idea on how to reduce energy or water use on campus? Can the initiative pay for itself through quantifiable costs savings in five years or less?
    UVic’s brand new Revolving Sustainability Loan Fund represents a fantastic opportunity to anyone who has ever had a great idea that will save the university energy and money. The university, committed to being carbon neutral, reducing its energy usage and lessening its impact on the environment, has established a $250,000 loan fund for projects that provide energy or water savings.

LEED gold for First Peoples House

Wed, 2011-09-07 13:39

UVic’s First Peoples House is the most recent campus facility to achieve the gold-level standard in environmental design and sustainability. On July 18, the Canada Green Building Council officially recognized the building, opened in 2010, with gold-level certification in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building program.

Bring your own bottle

Fri, 2011-08-19 15:19

Kuehne (left) and Mebs at a new WaterFillz® water bottle refilling unit.
Kuehne (left) and Mebs at a new WaterFillz® water bottle refilling unit. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

Valerie Kuehne, vice-president external relations and Mark Mebs, district manager of Waste Management Vancouver Island, test out the new WaterFillz® water bottle refilling unit. The result of the university’s newest strategic alliance, the portable unit has been brought to campus by the offices of corporate relations and campus planning and sustainability in an effort to reduce the number of plastic water bottles on campus.