The University of Victoria Student Society (UVSS) recognizes that it must strive to minimize environmental impacts in all of its operations as well as reduce barriers to, and provide incentives for, environmentally conscious choices on the part of individuals.
In our own policies we have outlined that:
- The Society will strive to reduce waste from all aspects of its operations.
- Whenever possible, the Society will ensure access to, and encourage the use of, infrastructure that serves to divert waste from landfills. This infrastructure shall include, but not be limited to:
Energy Use and Emissions
- When financially feasible, the Society shall perform retrofits to upgrade the efficiency of
any technologies or appliances used in its operations.
- Where appropriate, the Society shall invest in renewable energy sources to power its
Our priority goals this year are to:
- Initiate the development of a carbon-neutrality plan for the SUB
- Secure financing for energy efficiency upgrades within the SUB
- Review business practices within the SUB
- Involve our membership with sustainability initiatives in the SUB
Ecofoot Working Group
In November, 2021, the UVSS formally established the Ecofoot Working Group. This group provides recommendations on all matters relating to the environmental sustainability of the UVSS’ operations and activities. The working group is intended to act as an ongoing open forum for members to get involved with the sustainability activities of the society.
We are seeking student members to join us in these sustainability efforts! If you are interested, check out our Committees calendar or contact email@example.com
The Ecofoot Working Group is required to produce an annual report on the status of sustainability initiatives within the UVSS. This report is to be delivered to the Board of Directors prior to the end of the term (April 30) and will be made accessible on the UVSS website following completion. This requirement was adopted on November 1st, 2021.
Did you know the UVSS provides soft plastic, styrofoam, and battery recycling services?
If you are an undergrad UVic student come down to the Student Union Building and drop off your recyclables!
As an organization we value transparency so we have provided access to recent reports, audits, and agreements involving sustainability if you have any questions or want to get involved contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The UVSS proudly supports the work of the Divest UVic Campaign. If you’re interested in UVSS direct action regarding sustainability, check out our Divest Campaign.
Divest UVic is a grassroots campaign advocating for The University of Victoria’s divestment from fossil fuels while building a student movement to take on climate change. UVic claims to be a leader in ‘sustainability’ and ‘reconciliation’ while investing millions in the very industry that obstructs meaningful climate policy and whose operations destroy Indigenous land and waters. Divest UVic is committed to holding UVic accountable to smart financial and ethical decision making. Divest members engage in deep research of the corporate conflicts of interest within the UVic Board of Governors, plan direct action and awareness events, and mobilize the student community through social media outreach. Divest always needs more volunteers and voices at the table– email email@example.com to get involved today.
UVic Sustainability Project
The University of Victoria Sustainability Project (UVSP) strives to re-conceptualize sustainability by united environmental initiatives, promoting environmental choices and formulating and implementing sustainable systems on campus. We believe in pursuing the health of the earth for the benefit of all organisms and future generations
The Good Food Project
The Good Food Project is a recent initiative in the Student Union Building geared towards increasing the percentage of community based, socially just, ecologically sound, and accessible food options for students. The UVSS has partnered with Meal Exchange organization to complete a Good Food audit and pursue a strategic plan for changes to the food procurement system. Our goal, represented in the Good Food Campus Commitment, is to reach 30% Good Food by 2025! For any questions about Meal Exchange, the audit, and the standards we use to evaluate Good Food, you can contact Zoe at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Campus Community Garden
The Campus Community Garden is a 1.6 acre space on campus dedicated to growing organic food and increasing food security for UVic Students and the community. The CCG promotes education on food-related topics and growing food through volunteer work parties hosted at the garden, free workshops, and events in the community such as visits to nearby farms and outstanding local food-driven initiatives. Renting plots to UVic students, staff, and faculty, the CCG aims to cultivate sustainable food systems and relationships to food and land by offering growing space to learn about and connect to your food, as well as providing lower commitment, hands-on learning opportunities by helping grow food in the communal areas known as the “Giving Gardens” for the Food Bank email@example.com