Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.79
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Jan. 27, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Victoria
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Neil Connelly
Director, Campus Planning & Sustainability
Office of Campus Planning & Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

UVic has a multi-stakeholder Sustainability Advisory Committee chaired by the Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability. The committee meets 4 times per year and is informed and advised on the activities of the Office of Campus Planning & Sustainability and other sustainability-related activities on campus. The full terms of reference can be found here: https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/assets/docs/SAC%20Terms%20of%20Reference-09.pdf.

UVic also has a Cycling Advisory Committee to advise on cycling issues, and a Healthy Campus Advisory Committee that advises on campus health issues including the physical health of the campus, as well as mental and physical well-being of students.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

The UVic Sustainability Advisory Committee is chaired by the Director of Campus Planning & Sustainability and membership consists of: 5 faculty, 6 staff (representative of various related operational units), and 5 undergraduate and graduate students. The two Sustainability Coordinators serve as resource persons to the committee.


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

UVic has an Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability (under the Vice-President, Finance and Operations) consisting of one director and two full-time sustainability coordinators. The Office is supplemented with co-op and work study students, and volunteers when required. Sustainability is also incorporated into the job descriptions of staff in many other operational units on campus including the Waste Reduction Unit, Capital Development, Parking and Transporation Services, Purchasing and Food Services. The School of Business also has a full-time Coordinator for their Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Neil Connelly, Director. Susan Kerr, Sustainability Coordinator. Matt Greeno, Sustainability Coordinator. Rachel Goldsworthy, Sustainability Coordinator (Gustavson School of Business).

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

This is obviously very difficult to briefly summarize as there have been many, many accomplishments of UVic's Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability and all of the other operational units and departments on campus that work together to make the campus a model of sustainability. Some recent highlights include:
- The completion of a Sustainability Action Plan for Campus Operations 2014 - 2019 and the preparation of a 2016 Progress Report on the Plan.
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 31%, relative to 2010 as the base line year, in 2015 due to efficiency measures in buildings and behaviour change programs across campus.
- Increasing the waste diversion rate to an average of 69% due to increased recycling and composting facilities and rates.
- Increasing the sustainable transportation modal split to 60% due to improvements in transit and cycling amenities.
- Launching a sustainability fund in 2016 to provide financial assistance to projects across campus that help advance the goals of the Sustainability Action Plan 2014 - 2019.
- Installing three electric vehicle charging stations on campus.
- Implementing a sustainability awards program for staff and students.
- Hosting many successful sustainability outreach events including, Bike To Work Week and Day, Love-A-Mug campaigns, a green office (GO!) program, residence sustainability programming, and cycling safety "lighten up" campaigns, to name a few.


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UVic has an Office of Campus Planning and Sustainabilty (under the Vice-President, Finance and Operations) consisting of one director and two full-time sustainability coordinators, and is supplemented with co-op and work study students, and volunteers. The office acts as coordinator and resource for students, staff, faculty and administration working towards shared goals of environmental sustainability at the University of Victoria. This includes conducting the annual greenhouse gas inventory, other sustainability reporting, sustainability communications, special events, classroom speaking, and community relations. Learn more about our office here: https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/operations/about/index.php#section0-2.

Sustainability is also incorporated into the job descriptions of staff in many other operational units on campus including the Waste Reduction Unit, Capital Development, Parking and Transporation Services, Purchasing and Food Services. The School of Business also has a full-time Coordinator for its Centre of Social and Sustainable Innovation.

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