Happy (and Sustainable) Holidays!

The holidays are a time for giving, feasting, and being around the ones you love. In this season, however, it’s easy to get carried away with the spirit of giving while forgetting about the after-effects. Every year in December, over 300,000 extra tonnes of packaging, wrapping, food waste, and other garbage are produced in Canada […]

What’s Happening at the CFS

After Alyssa’s skillful piloting of this position for the last two years, she has moved on to greener pastures, literally. She’s working in Manning Park for the summer and sounds like she’s having an absolute blast among the alpine flowers and woodland creatures. I’ve been plunked in her place and am getting a crash course […]

Shut Down Your Office, Win a Prize

Summer is here. It’s the time for lounging in the sun, swimming in a pristine lake, and camping in beautiful green forests. As such, many staff and faculty will be taking some vacation over the summer months to do just those things. Or perhaps they will be headed to visit their family in Manitoba. Hopefully […]

Earth Day 2016: Learning UFV’s Building Systems

We were lucky to have our associate director of buildings, Sheldon Marche, give the Centre for Sustainability members a tour of the inner workings of B & S building on the Abbotsford campus. We were joined by a drafting class from the Trades & Tech campus, which was great. Enjoying the boiler room of B […]

UFV Joins the Fashion Revolution

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over a thousand workers who produced clothing for North America. Out of this tragedy, many calls came from across the world to fix whatever had allowed this to happen. Pressure on clothing stores, manufacturers, and governments to abolish the unethical working conditions has increased […]

Thank You!

It’s been a busy year, even though it’s only March. Over the last year, the Centre for Sustainability has been able to hold a number of great events, and we know it wouldn’t be possible without dedicated staff, students, and faculty taking time to help us out. Although it’s a little overdue, we’d like to […]

Sweater Week 2016 – Sweater Drive, Prizes, and Treats!

It’s that time of year again! The Centre for Sustainability is excited to be presenting Sweater Week again, from February 1st to 5th. What is sweater week? Well, it’s an international event that was put forth originally by the World Wildlife Fund. Sweater week encourages people around the globe (particularly in the Northern Hemisphere) to […]

Garbage on the Green results and Last out? Lights off!

We’ve had a busy semester here at greenUFV. From assisting in coordinating Feeding 9 Billion to our garbage audit, we’ve been kept on our feet.   Garbage On the Green: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly The waste audit was the first of its kind at UFV. Waste was collected from the Abbotsford campus […]

Abbotsford Student Union Building Undergoes LEED Gold Certification

When designing a new building, so many things need to be considered. Location, design, cost, and functionality are some of the important ones. In the past, sustainability was not a consideration. Now, however, it is something that many architects pride themselves on being able to incorporate into their plans. UFV’s new Student Union Building is […]

Dude… Do you even compost?

There’s really no excuse not to compost; it takes only half a second to pick the right bin to put your waste into. Here at UFV, compost has historically been a bit of a challenge to coordinate effectively. Many students and staff aren’t aware of what exactly can be composted or might not be aware […]