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Environmental Sustainability

Other Events

We hold a number of events every year focused on sustainability. Learn how you can get involved.

Past Events

CCSS Sustainability Day 9am-3pm, March 30, 2017

Join us for our 2017 Sustainability Day this March! This year Sustainability Day will be held at Lansdowne campus, March 30 from 9am-3pm. The event will not only highlight the sustainability projects taking place at Camosun, but will also celebrate local sustainable businesses and initiatives in our region.


Sustainability Symposium May 25, 2016

From in-house faculty projects through to region-wide initiatives, we'll aim to bring you a lineup of presenters that will introduce you to sustainability in our region.

Our first morning session will profile business innovations such as our local Food Eco-District, the Habit Coffee carbon neutrality story, and Monk Office Supply's award winning sustainable business model.

The second session will introduce the Canadian Passive House Institute West's construction involvement with both Camosun students and the CRD's sustainability challenge, VanCity's local funding initiatives, and our own Carl Everitt's Living Lab curriculum.

The afternoon will bring a locally-inspired lunch and an opportunity to connect with the presenters.

Mayor Lisa Helps will be the after-lunch keynote speaking about Victoria's sustainability vision.

The day will end with the launch and tour of our Native Plant gardens at Na'tsa'maht.

See the full speaker list PDF


National Sweater Day February 4, 2016

In support of energy conservation, Camosun is celebrating National Sweater Day on February 4th. An initiative created by the World Wildlife Foundation, National Sweater Day helps to bring energy conservation awareness to campus. In celebration of this event, all students and staff are invited to turn down the heat and wear a sweater.

The Office of Environmental Sustainability, in collaboration with the CCSS, will be hosting several activities on February 4th including:

  • Sweater drive: gently used sweaters and warm clothing will be collected and donated to local charity (receive one entry for a draw prize when you drop off a donation).
    • Drop off locations:
      Interurban – Office of Environmental Sustainability, LACC 301
      Lansdowne – CCSS Office, Fisher 101B
  • Photo contest: Maybe your favourite sweater is a Christmas jersey, or a hand knitted woolly jumper from your grandma. Whatever it is, make sure you take a photo and send it to cam-motion@camosun.ca. All photo submissions will receive an entry for a draw prize. Individual or group photos are welcome.
  • Yoga in the Dark: Conserving energy has never been so relaxing! Staff member Tersia Fagan will be instructing a free yoga class (open to staff and students) at the movement studio at Lansdowne, 7:45-8:25am. Lights will be out of course!

Ready, Set, Solve February-April, 2016

Ready, Set, Solve is a fun, applied learning challenge that invites post-secondary students to solve small, but real, sustainability and climate change challenges in the capital region.

Municipalities, not-for-profit organizations and institutions in the capital region face unique challenges in working towards their climate action and sustainability goals.

Post-secondary students have a fresh perspective, relevant skills and knowledge and are looking to gain practical experience, build networks in the community and direct learning to the topics about which they are most passionate.

Ready, Set, Solve aims to connect inter-disciplinary teams of students with local government, non-profit organizations and institutions to address these challenges and provide real solutions for the region; it’s a win, win, win situation!

Student Sign-Up

Sign up individually or sign up an inter-disciplinary team (up to 4 people) for your top three challenges.

Deadline to register is January 24, 2016 at midnight.


CCSS Sustainability Day 2016 April 14 10am-2pm

Join us for our 2016 Sustainability Day this April!

Join us at Sustainability Day 2016! This year Sustainability Day will be held at Interurban campus, April 14 from 10am to 2pm. The event will not only highlight the sustainability projects taking place at Camosun, but will also celebrate local sustainable businesses and initiatives in our region.


Sustainability Week 2015

Camosun had its first Sustainability Week September 21–25 in 2015. During this week-long celebration, numerous events, tours, and lectures were held which celebrated, explored, and showcased living lab ideas, curriculum practice, and innovation at Camosun and within the surrounding community.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Sustainability Week 2015! We look forward to seeing you at next year's event.

Event Highlights

President’s Open Door: A dialogue about sustainability, community and you

Staff and students alike were invited to meet our new president Sherri Bell, for an informal conversation and Q&A about sustainability.

Keynote: Education for the 21st Century: The City is the Classroom

Cities need to experiment on the ground with innovative solutions to the complex sustainability challenges that they are facing. CityStudio co-founders Duane Elverum and Janet Moore shared their expertise and experiences with CityStudio in an engaging keynote presentation.

CityStudio is an experimentation and innovation hub for the City of Vancouver where staff, students and community members design and execute projects that improve the city and enrich neighbourhoods, making the city more livable, joyful and sustainable. Through this model, the city becomes the classroom, and projects are co-created, designed and launched in exciting collaborations.

Camosun Talks, Camosun Innovates

Our own in-house experts and innovators provided engaging TED-style talks about current sustainability projects, best practices in integrating sustainability into the curriculum and exciting visions for Camosun’s future.

Sustainable Career Connections

This Co-operative Education and Career Services event provided opportunity for students and organizations who are passionate about sustainability to connect.

Applied Learning Opportunities from Capital Regional District Environmental Services

The Capital Regional District (CRD) Environmental Services has programs, resources and initiatives to support environmental education. Attendees learned how to work with CRD staff to connect course content to the real world with region specific data, reports and materials and supplement instruction with field trips, presentations and applied learning opportunities developed for post-secondary students in the capital region.

Solar Thermal Lab and Rainwater Collection Tour

Faculty expert Darren Vaux provided a tour of Camosun's very own solar thermal lab and rainwater collection system.

Printshop & Graphics Open House

The dynamic and hard-working team at Camosun Printshop and Graphics provided an informative tour about the inner workings of this busy shop. Included in the tour were details about the sustainability advancements taking place within the operations to make it a more sustainable place.

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