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Date: September 24, 2008

UVic Is Very, Very Green

The University of Victoria has tied for the second-highest Canadian ranking in a US report that grades North American universities and colleges on their sustainability activities.

UVic received an overall mark of B+, and the designation of “Campus Sustainability Leader” in the College Sustainability Report Card, issued today by the Massachusetts-based Sustainable Endowments Institute, a non-profit organization funded by the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

UVic received an “A” for its green administration, food and recycling, and endowment transparency; a “B” for its energy efficiency and conservation, green building and student involvement; and a “C” for its investment priorities and shareholder engagement. The full report is available at www.greenreportcard.org.

“UVic recognizes that it has a responsibility to conduct all of its activities—both in and out of the classroom—in an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable manner,” says Neil Connelly, UVic’s director of campus planning and sustainability. “This type of international recognition only strengthens our commitment to continue along our path to sustainability.”

“UVic is currently undertaking a process to create a new campus sustainability policy and action plan—our aim is to build on our past successes and raise the bar for campuses across North America,” he adds.

Of the 17 Canadian universities that were surveyed, UVic tied with the University of Calgary for a B+. The average grade for the 300 schools surveyed came to “C+.”

For more information about sustainability at UVic, visit http://web.uvic.ca/sustainability/.

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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