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TAKE ACTION

Looking for other ways you can implement climate solutions in your everyday life? We have compiled a list of campus 'take action' tips. The Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability also offers resources to learn more about sustainability initiatives on campus.

If you live off campus, participate in your community's local climate action initiatives, like Saanich's Residents' Climate Action Guidebook, and the City of Victoria's Climate Champions program. Are you a homeowner? Check out the Bring It Home 4 Climate program.

Fund your sustainable idea

The Campus Sustainability Fund provides UVic staff, faculty, and students the opportunity to implement sustainability initiatives on campus through both loans and grants. The University of Victoria Sustainability Project also funding through the Sustainable Grants Program. Both funds are available to students, staff, and faculty.

Individual lifestyle choices are by no means the only cause of climate change, but there are lots of ways to make our day-to-day lives more sustainable. Use the Ecological Footprint Calculator to see how many planets we would need if everyone lived like you, your biggest areas of resource consumption, and tips to make your footprint smaller.

UVic's current goal on the pathway to becoming a waste free institution is to increase the waste diversion rate to 82% by 2021. You can do your part by ensuring your recycling ends up in the right place with the UVic Recyclepedia, by holding zero waste events, and using the UVSS's recycling services for those hard to recycle items. You can also donate non-perishable foods and gently used household goods to the UVSS Food Bank & Free Store.

Eating less meat can lower the carbon footprint of your meals. Check out vegetarian and vegan options on campus, get your hands dirty in the Campus Community Garden, or learn about food waste and alternative food systems with the Community Cabbage.

It's not just about what you eat: be sure to compost and recycle food packaging, and participate in the Love-My-Mug campaign in order to reduce single-use plastic waste.

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