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Report Card 2011

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University of Victoria
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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University of Victoria

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Endowment: $251 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


Data compiled from survey responses, when available, and from independent research, when needed. For more information on data collection and evaluation, please see the  Methodology section.


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Overall grade  
B +
The Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability and the Sustainability Advisory Committee oversee initiatives on campus and collaborate with student campaigns. The university's strategic plan incorporates sustainability into campus planning, operations, and purchasing policies. Thirteen faculty and staff devote a portion of their time to sustainability, and efforts are funded through operational budgets, alumni donations, student fees, and grants.
UVic is required by provincial legislation to be carbon neutral, with the purchase of offsets, by the end of 2010. The university aims to reduce its real emissions to 20 percent below 2007 levels by 2015 in order to minimize reliance on offsets. An initial greenhouse gas emissions inventory was completed in 2006 and updated in 2009, and campus energy-saving improvements include lighting sensors and temperature control timers.
UVic spends almost half of its food budget on local products. Only fair trade and organic coffee is served on campus. Preconsumer food waste is composted at all dining outlets, and compost bins are located across campus for postconsumer waste. The university currently diverts approximately half of its waste from landfills and has various recycling programs, including one for electronic items.
The university requires all new buildings to be LEED Gold certified. UVic currently has three LEED Gold buildings, and three more are awaiting certification. Per capita water use has decreased by 10 percent since 2005 through the use of water-saving technologies such as low-flow faucets and showerheads and a dual plumbing system.
Numerous student groups focus on climate, energy, and other sustainability issues on campus. New student orientation features a zero-waste event, bottled water ban, and sustainability-themed activities and presentations. The university employs several student sustainability interns and sponsors residence sustainability teams.
UVic offers a monthly public transit pass to employees at a 50 percent discount and a universal bus pass to students as part of the fee structure. The university has extensive campus cycling infrastructure, bicycle repair facilities, and a bike-sharing program with 400 bikes available for free rental. Sixty-five percent of the school community commutes to campus via environmentally preferable means, and planning initiatives encourage the use of public transit, walking, and cycling.
The university makes a list of all holdings available to the public online. A list of votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company-specific level is available to the public at the investment office.
The university aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds. The university also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors.
The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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