Tips at a glance

There are lots of ways to be part of VIU’s community of conservation!

Small changes do make a difference--try some (or all) of these--

 Water    Food   Power   Paper    Transportation    Waste   RE*VIU

Water

  • Because we’re surrounded by it, we often take water for granted.  Be mindful of your water use and help us conserve every drop!
  • Drink tap water.  There are fill stations all over campus to fill your personal water bottle.
  • Use only the water you need.  Turn the tap off when you’re not using the water running out of it! (e.g. brushing teeth, reaching for a paper towel, washing dishes)

Food

  • Bring your own reusable container/utensils.  It cuts down on packaging waste and excess water use.
  • Increase meatless meals.  Meat production results in a great deal of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes around 20x more to trapping atmospheric heat than CO2.
  • Make local/seasonal choices whenever possible.  VIU’s Food Services incorporate many local ingredients!
  • Keep the cold in!  Make a beverage/food choice BEFORE opening the cooler door. 

Power

  • Turn off any light not in use. 
  • Turn off any equipment not in use BUT leave computer towers on.  They are programmed to go into ‘deep sleep’ and receive network updates.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Only use electric door openers if needed.
  • Take advantage of natural light and turn on as few lights as possible.
  • Click here for more electricity ideas
  • Draw blinds at the end of the day to help prevent heat loss/heat gain through the windows
  • Report any temperature spikes to Facilities (6500) to help them keep systems running efficiently

Paper

  • Print only when necessary  
    From 2010 to 2017, VIU has decreased its paper consumption by nearly 40%  Nice!
  • Print double sided if you have to print at all
  • Decrease margins and use smaller font where possible/appropriate
  • Recycle paper 
  • Choose paper with recycled content for your office 

Transportation

  • As much as possible, be self-propelled!
  • Ride your bike.  Bike racks and showers are available on most campuses
  • Walk
  • Take the bus
  • Get to know your colleagues and/or classmates and carpool/rideshare whenever possible
  • Click here for more!

Waste

  • Reduce waste to start with!  Get in the habit of reusable containers, utensils, and bags.
  • Take what you need.  Take a look at this video about paper towel use  http://youtu.be/2FMBSblpcrc 
  • Take a few extra steps to compost or recycle waste rather than putting it all in the bin destined for the landfill. 
  • All washroom bins are for compostable materials
  • Plastic or tin?  Rinse items, put them in separate bags, (one for plastic, one for tin) and place beside a central recycling bag.
  • Click here for more on recycling/composting! 
  • Recycle your pens/mechanical pencils/markers!  Take end-of-life items to collection bins located at the Welcome Centre, in front of the bookstore, at student residence, or at Cowichan campus reception area.  You can also send them to Margot Croft B310, R130. Click here for more!

Do you have other suggestions?

Send them to sustainability@viu.ca

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