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Report Card 2010

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University of Victoria
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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University of Victoria

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Endowment: $151 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Enrollment: 11,607

Type: Public


Campus Survey: No

Dining Survey: No

Endowment Survey: No

Student Survey: No


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.


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The campus planning and sustainability office completed a sustainability policy and action plan. The strategic plan incorporates sustainability into land use, campus planning, and purchasing. Multi-stakeholder committees, such as the campus planning committee and a sustainability advisory committee, are involved in sustainability initiatives.
The university purchases green power certificates equivalent to the energy consumption of each new building for the first two years. The university is pursuing a number of initiatives to reduce energy consumption in an effort to become carbon neutral by 2010. The preparation of an updated campus energy management plan has been initiated and a greenhouse gas inventory for 2009 emissions is underway.
Dining services offers meals that incorporate local foods, and purchases some organic items. The university's comprehensive recycling program has a 56 percent diversion rate. In 2003, the university started composting all food wastes from operational activities on campus and now offers compost drop-off points for campus members.
In 2006, the university adopted sustainable design guidelines for new buildings and renovations, all new building projects have incorporated green building strategies over the past decade. The university has completed five LEED Gold-certified buildings, and is seeking Gold certification for a new student residence that is under construction.
The university has incorporated sustainability into new-student orientation. A residence sustainability team has been created, and student interns have been hired for several sustainability-related programs. There are several groups through which students actively promote and engage in sustainability on campus.
The university offers a universal bus pass for local transit, free membership to a car-sharing program for commuters using alternative transportation, an employee bus program, and extensive campus cycling infrastructure. SPOKES is an innovative program that both recycles bicycles and provides them for free to campus members. Campus planning initiatives strive to encourage the use of public transit, walking, and cycling.
The university makes information on endowment holdings and proxy voting records available to the public by request, as per open record law.
The university aims to optimize investment return and does not invest in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting. The managers use sustainability as one of the criteria when voting proxies.
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