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March 20, 2013

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UVic Congress 2013 Seeks Volunteers

Congress 2013, Canada’s biggest multidisciplinary academic conference, will be hosted at the University of Victoria from June 1-8, 2013 and volunteers are needed.

Congress offers eight exciting days of academic excellence, public lectures and community celebrations as part of UVic’s 50th anniversary. More than 7,000 academics and researchers representing 70 associations will be on campus to share findings, refine ideas and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to increase skills, be part of a team and have fun at the same time. “Our volunteers will help us create a successful event and positive delegate experience,” says Congress Manager Suzanne Dane. “We will give them the tools and training they need, along with plenty of appreciation, in return for a minimum time commitment of four hours.”

Volunteers are needed in areas such as campus hospitality, wayfinding, residence support, transportation services, social media and audiovisual services. Those interested can sign up online at www.uviccongress2013.ca/staff-volunteers or email volunteers@uviccongress2013.ca.

Congress will feature many events and activities that are free and open to everyone including the Big Thinking speaker series, Canada’s largest academic book fair, daily performances on the outdoor stage, an artisan fair, exhibits and social and cultural events. Visit www.uviccongress2013.ca for details.


  Media Contacts:

Suzanne Dane (Congress 2013) at 250-472-5897 or suzanned@uvic.ca
Melanie Groves (UVic Communications) at 250-472-4357 or mgroves@uvic.ca

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UVic is celebrating its 50th anniversary from Sept. 2012 to June 2013. Visit www.uvic.ca/anniversary for more info.

UVic Considers Renewable Energy Option For Campus

The University of Victoria is conducting a feasibility study to build a biomass thermal energy plant to provide a more sustainable energy source for campus buildings, and to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

In its commitment to sustainable stewardship of resources, UVic recently completed an Integrated Energy Master Plan, which recommended a biomass fuel plant to maximize energy savings and carbon reduction.

“This study will consider the technical and economic viability of a biomass energy plant as well as the opportunities for research and academic opportunities,” says Tom Smith, executive director of Facilities Management. “We are starting the process with an open house to talk with people about this opportunity.”

The March 27 open house will explain the engagement process for the study and how people can provide input, explain why UVic is considering a renewable energy option, and familiarize people with biomass technology. It is being held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Student Union Building, upper lounge, and is the first step in an eight-month exploratory process. The university is working with the energy-services company Dalkia Canada on the study.

UVic currently heats the majority of its buildings with hot water generated by natural-gas-fueled boilers. These boilers account for more than 70 per cent of UVic’s greenhouse gas emissions.


  Media Contacts:

Tom Smith (Facilities Management) at 250-721-7592
Denise Helm (UVic Communications) at 250-721-7656 or dhelm@uvic.ca

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UVic is celebrating its 50th anniversary from Sept. 2012 to June 2013. Visit www.uvic.ca/anniversary for more info.

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