The University of Victoria has recently released the results of its Sustainability Action Plan and reports that significant progress has been made over the past five years toward the plan’s 32 goals.
Between 2014 and 2019, campus fleet diesel consumption decreased by more than 28% and fleet gasoline consumption by almost 9%. Fleet vehicles are gradually being replaced with more fuel-efficient models, with ten Nissan Leaf electric vehicles now in use for tool and trade transport.
Partly thanks to the greening of its fleet, the university has reduced operational greenhouse gas emissions by 25% below the 2010 baseline.
“Addressing climate change through natural gas and emissions reductions projects remains a key objective,” says Mike Wilson, director of campus planning and sustainability. “Since 2014 we’ve made significant progress towards supporting the global emissions reduction targets set out in the Paris Agreement.”
The Sustainability Action Plan: Campus Operations 2020-2021 carries forward goals from the previous plan while setting new goals and actions for each category. These goals include reducing institutional GHG emissions and campus natural gas consumption by 30% by Dec. 31, 2021, as well as reducing emissions in areas such as new building construction, building renovations and fleet emissions, and increasing support for active transportation.