Centre for Environmental Sustainability

Thanks to the newly established Green Team, our first awareness campaign for 2011 will be “Turn off the lights!”, We will be encouraging all students, staff and faculty to turn out the lights unless they’re needed. So often lights are left on around campus when rooms are empty, which cumulatively is a huge waste of energy. Lighting alone accounts for around 40% of electricity consumption on campus, so any changes which we can make in people’s behavior can provide a real benefit to the environmental impact of our campus.

One of the barriers to people turning out the lights is that people do not know whether they are allowed to turn lights off for security or technical reasons. To set this straight, any light switch which can be turned off is ok to turn off, unless the area is a washroom with multiple stalls, or a corridor. So if you are the last one to leave a classroom, lab, dorm room, or individual washroom, we ask you to please turn the lights out as you leave!

We’re having a “Turn if off” week from November 14 to 18 where we will be making a big push for people to do everything they can to turn off lights, monitors, chargers, desk lamps and anything else they can think of when possible. Look out for posters, notifications and other media attention during this week, and remember to TURN IT OFF!!

Understanding environmental concerns

There is a need in the Fraser Valley for a centrally located body for the efficient collection, storage, and analysis of environmental data.

The University of the Fraser Valley is ready to fill that void with the UFV Centre for Environmental Sustainability.   

This centre will form a hub through which public, private, and not-for-profit organizations can share data, cooperate on projects, and coordinate efforts. 
With our highly trained faculty and energetic students, UFV is in an excellent position to work with community partners to better understand and manage the complex and unique environmental concerns of the Fraser Valley.

The UFV Centre for Environmental Sustainability is seeking partners to develop ideas for environmental research projects and, where possible, provide infrastructure or equipment. 

How will students, partners, and communities benefit from the UFV Centre for Environmental Sustainability? 

  • Students obtain invaluable research experience
  • Partners benefit from the expertise and work of our faculty and students
  • Communities gain powerful insight into local environmental concerns and issues


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Contact Information

Patrick Harrison

Chair of the Centre for Sustainability


1-888-504-7441 ext. 4348

Abbotsford A Building Room 317


Mailing Address

Patrick Harrison

Chair of the Centre for Sustainability

University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road

Abbotsford, British Columbia

V2S 7M8

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