Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.17
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date May 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Victoria
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kay-Lynn Yacoboski
Sustainability Intern
Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The UVic Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability have their own Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts where they are able to update both the campus and further reaching communities on their upcoming, ongoing, and completed projects and initiatives. These platforms are also used to engage students, staff and faculty in online surveys and questionnaires in order for the Office to best understand the current attitudes and practices surrounding sustainability on campus.


Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

Throughout the University of Victoria campus, there are a variety of signs that point out different sustainability features on campus. This includes but is not limited to:

•Plaques that indicate our 8 (soon to be 9) LEED certified buildings. Each of these plaques are featured in prominent high-traffic areas of their respective buildings and give information on the building’s designation as well as additional background information.

•Various signs around campus that notify passers by of landscaping areas that feature native and endangered plant species, such as in the Ian Ross Memorial Garden where the federally endangered Pink Sand Verbena is being grown among many other native plant species.

•An informational sign at the Bowker Creek headwaters area which is currently enduring ongoing restoration efforts

•A sign at the base of the S,YEWE Legend Pole in the University’s quad depicting the traditional story featured in the wood carvings as told by the Legend Pole carver Temosen (Charles Elliot)

•Several signs in and around the Rain Garden at the Mearns Centre informing passers by of successful restoration efforts in the garden including the removal of invasive species and planting of traditional native species

•Interpretive boards within Finnerty Gardens that contain the plant and its links to cultural and art information

•A series of educational signs used by classes and visitors as a learning tool that make up the District Energy plant interpretive system explaining functional and sustainable aspects of the Energy plant

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability has provided an online brochure for the UVic Sustainability Campus Green Walk. This brochure showcases various sustainability features on campus including where to find these features and background information on each of them.


The University of Victoria Community Green Map project is an online community-campus initiative and office which aims to facilitate processes for community engagement, student learning, globally-relevant research and sustainable community planning through participatory community mapping. On their website, users can interactively look through various sustainability features on the UVic Campus, as well as the Greater Victoria Area.


There is also a Forest Biology Tree Walk Guide available online which has detailed maps and descriptions of different tree species on the University of Victoria Campus. Included in these descriptions are various additional interesting facts on the tree species.


Campus Sustainability tours are also conducted on specials request, both by on foot or on bike.

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The University of Victoria Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability has provided a Residence Sustainability guide which gives a framework to students on how they can participate in green living. It focuses on tips to reduce your environmental footprint, a full list of “do’s and don’ts” when it comes to recycling and composting, tips for how to save energy in your dorm room, information on reusable water bottle filling stations, information on how to get involved with sustainability programs and groups on campus, and much more. This guide is provided to residence students in person and is also available online.


A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

In addition to the various forms of outreach described above, UVic also provides sustainability outreach videos on our Sustainability website: https://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/resources/videos/index.php

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability website is the hub of sustainability publications on campus (http://www.uvic.ca/sustainability), and many of the sustainability reports indicated above are available on that website's resources page (http://www.uvic.ca/sustainability/resources/reports/index.php). Many other units of the institution publish sustainability materials, including the Department of Geography, the School of Environmental Studies, the Faculty of Engineering and the Martlet (student run newspaper at UVic which is cited here).

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