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Date: August 15, 2008

UVic Sustainability Wins Another Gold

Once again, the University of Victoria is being recognized as a Canadian leader in environmental design and sustainability.

The Canada Green Building Council (www.cagbc.org) has conferred gold level status in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating program on UVic’s Engineering/Computer Science Building. This is the second building on campus to receive LEED gold status. UVic’s Medical Sciences Building was the first. As well, UVic’s Vancouver Island Technology Park is rated gold. In all UVic owns three of the seven LEED-certified buildings in Victoria.

“By using our campus as a living laboratory we can reduce our environmental footprint and provide learning opportunities for students and community members alike,” says UVic’s Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability Neil Connelly. “UVic’s green building and renovation program is one part of its broader commitment to sustainability.”

The building contains cutting-edge sustainable and technological features, giving UVic faculty, students and staff light-filled, energy-efficient facilities in which to conduct research, as well as to learn and work. The 8,975-square-metre $25-million project helps to address a serious space shortage on campus and increases UVic’s capacity to advance its technological research. The Engineering/Computer Science Building was officially opened in October 2006 by Minister of Advanced Education Murray Coell.

The six-storey building contains lecture theatres, teaching labs, research labs and administrative and support space for graduate students, faculty and staff. The main floor classes are available to students from other UVic departments and for public lectures and events.

UVic is also aiming for gold status for two new buildings—the recently constructed Social Sciences and Mathematics Building and the First Peoples House which should be completed by the summer of 2009.  The Support Services Building, which is scheduled to open later this year, is expected to receive LEED silver status.  All new building projects on campus, regardless of LEED status, feature a number of sustainability initiatives including high energy and water efficiency, locally sourced materials, natural landscaping, storm water management systems and enhanced indoor air quality.

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Media contacts:
Neil Connelly (Director of Campus Planning and Sustainability) at 250-472-5433 or nconn@uvic.ca
Maria Lironi (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6139 or lironim@uvic.ca

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