Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.74
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Victoria
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Camille Lauridsen-Hoegh
Sustainability Intern
Campus Planning and Sustainability
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Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:

Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:

Name of the campaign:
Second Hand Shuffle

A brief description of the campaign:

The Second Hand Shuffle was a collaborative effort betweenThe UVSS, Office of Campus Planning & Sustainability, FMGT Waste Reduction Services, UVic Residence Services, and Habitat for Humanity ReStore . The purpose of this event was to allow students living on campus or in private accommodation to donate unwanted items that may otherwise end up in a landfill. Habitat for Humanity ReStore reps helped out and accepted clean mini fridges, home décor, gently used furniture, and kitchenware – free of charge. UVic Waste Reduction Services also had drop-off bins available for unwanted electronics. The donation bins serviced by Diabetes Canada on campus took clothing (all types), linens, blankets, bedding, shoes, and clean pillows.
Brochures were made available to students in residence and provided information on:
- How to properly recycle or donate their unwanted items
- Locations of recycling compounds on campus
- Location of move out bins on campus
- Location of clothing drop-boxes on campus

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:

The Second Hand Shuffle campaign successfully promoted waste reduction, environmental awareness, community engagement, and education among students, contributing to a more sustainable campus environment and fostering a sense of responsibility towards the community and the planet.

This event was able to salvage almost 40 large scale items (like mini fridges, dressers, and other household items and furniture) that were donated to Habitat for Humanity and made available for resale.


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Holiday Shutdown, Energy Wise Network

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

The Holiday Shutdown Campaign, sponsored by the BC Hydro Energy Wise Network, was an energy reduction initiative carried out by the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability (OCPS) in collaboration with the Staff Sustainability Network. The goal of the campaign was to reduce electrical energy consumption in offices over the holiday break by turning off and/or unplugging personal office electronics. To encourage staff participation, program information posters were placed in offices and common areas, Holiday Shutdown Toolkits were shared with office units, and a survey checklist was used to track the number and duration of electronics that were shut down. Social media promotions of the campaign were featured on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to raise awareness, educate, and encourage participation. Results were shared with and feedback drawn from the staff participants of the program.

A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

The 2022 Holiday Shutdown was successful as an additional calculated estimate of 1308.7632 kWh of electrical energy was saved. That’s equivalent to the energy required to make 6,171 cups of office coffee.


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:

Climate Solutions Challenge 2021 (March-May 2021)
The first Climate Solutions Challenge at UVic involved over 40 faculty, staff and students who submitted high-quality climate action proposals for the University to move forward in fostering meaningful climate change solutions in two categories: Looking Past COVID to Climate, Measuring and managing for climate.
The top-ranking proposals and runners-up in each category were awarded cash prizes of $1,250 and $750 respectively, and all finalists had the opportunity to present their projects to UVic leadership

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