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UVic gets top marks for sustainability in Princeton Review's annual Guide to Green Colleges

Thu, 2015-05-28 16:40

The University of Victoria was given a perfect score in the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges, an annual publication spotlighting campuses in the US and Canada with exceptional commitment to sustainability in their policies, initiatives and academic programs. 


Rain garden makes a splash for local school

Fri, 2014-12-12 11:56

Woman at water tap with elementary school kids.
Catherine Orr and Oak and Orca schoolchildren make a splash with rain garden project. Photo: Photo Services.

Landscape architect and environmental studies master’s student Catherine Orr saw her graduate project as a way to connect with a local school and a community about water and the importance of rainwater management.


Environmental Studies at 40: learning and growing a greener campus

Thu, 2014-10-02 10:28

James Rowe leads a class at Tl’eches, Discovery Island.
James Rowe leads a class at Tl’eches, Discovery Island.

From the very first plans for the Gordon Head campus, natural features have been valued as a defining force in UVic’s learning environment. And the Environmental Studies program, starting small with a single course in 1975, has grown substantially — not just alongside, but as a driver of green initiatives that have helped transform the campus into an internationally recognized leader in sustainability.

Many of the practices that helped UVic become the only Canadian university to make the Princeton Review’s 2015 Green Honour Roll sprouted from Environmental Studies course projects, student initiatives and partnerships across the institution.


Nature, meet nurture: 2014 Staff Sustainability Champion Award

Thu, 2014-04-10 10:14

Adult team members, L-R: Alishan, Yazbeck, Pickup and Wilson.
Sustainability champions, young and old. Adult team members, L-R: Alishan, Yazbeck, Pickup and Wilson. Photo: UVic Photo Svc.

The idea is simple: teach children about the importance of connecting to nature when they’re young, and they’ll grow into environmental leaders.

On March 16, Sherri-Lynn Yazbeck and her team at UVic Child Care Services were awarded the 2014 Staff Sustainability Champion Award for their environmental engagement programs. The award was presented by UVic Vice-President Finance and Operations Gayle Gorrill.

Yazbeck and her team of educators—Batool Alishan, Ann Pickup and Julia Wilson—provide nature-based learning for children aged 3-5. They promote hands-on learning for issues related to the environment and teach children the importance of environmental stewardship.


New model proposed for BC water management

Tue, 2014-03-25 15:49

A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in BC
A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in BC

The provincial government has committed to a new Water Sustainability Act by early 2014, and researchers at UVic’s POLIS Project on Ecological Governance say that BC has the potential to become a standout example for sustainable freshwater management and protection.


Africa Calling: cast-off phones collected to serve people and planet

Mon, 2014-03-24 16:14

Davis. Photo: UVic Photo Services.
Davis. Photo: UVic Photo Services.

A red “London style” phone box is now stationed in the UVic SUB—the first of hopefully many drop off locations for the Africa Calling project.

“I hope every building on campus will have a red drop box,” says project founder, Kevin Davis. “The more unwanted phones we collect the more communities we can help in Africa.”


Gold for UVic in international sustainability rating system

Thu, 2014-02-13 10:25

The new Campus Bike Centre, LEED Gold buildings, staff and student sustainability action teams, recycling and composting programs... UVic's committment to sustainability has resulted in a gold rating in the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).


Online course shows how to put the brakes on climate change

Thu, 2014-01-23 17:59

It all began with a request from government. Could the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), which is hosted and led by UVic, come up with an informative yet engaging way to explain the complicated science behind global warming? As a result, world-leading climate scientists—who were fortuitously based in Victoria—got together to create the first free, interactive online course in PICS’s Climate Insights 101 series, Climate Science Basics, which was launched by then-Environment Minister Terry Lake in August 2011.


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.