The UVSS recognizes the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for all organizations to take action in addressing the greatest challenge of our time. The UVSS’ values include “strive[ing] to be climate justice leaders that set an example for our members, UVic, and the greater community.” Voting yes on this referendum will enable the Student Union Building (SUB) to further pursue environmental sustainability. If passed, the UVSS will fund infrastructure improvements to reduce the consumption of greenhouse gas emissions and improve environmental sustainability such as upgrading windows and building entryways that limit heat loss, and investigating renewable energy options.
For financial context, an increase of $2.50 per student per semester will result in roughly $500,000 after five years. This is only the first step in funding major upgrades for improving energy efficiency in the SUB, as these renovations are costly. Upgrading all of the windows in the SUB is estimated to cost $1.5 million, for example.
For more information on specific sustainability improvements please check out the reports located on https://uvss.ca/sustainability.
If you support environmental sustainability, the UVSS asks you to support this referendum question. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the proponent, Caleb Burd, at firstname.lastname@example.org.