Make a difference in our environment.

Urban sprawl. Deforestation. Air pollution. Water contamination. Invasive species. The demand for sustainable actions is higher now than ever before, and it's only going to grow.

Our sustainability courses will equip you with the tools and knowledge to make a difference. From seed saving to rainwater harvesting, these courses will empower you to have a positive impact on community sustainability.

Sustainability programs

The University of Victoria's Sustainability and Ecological Restoration programs—a partnership between UVic's School of Environmental Studies and Division of Continuing Studies—are certificate and diploma programs designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to restore habitats to their natural state. If you want to pursue a career in sustainability, take a look at these programs by clicking on the “programs” tab below. 

Sustainability courses

From hands-on workshops to walking tours, our community sustainability courses will help you get your hands dirty. You can learn about many things in these courses and workshops, including: 

  • how to harvest rainwater 
  • how to save seeds 
  • which plants are native to Vancouver Island
  • environment projects in the community

Courses are offered in spring and fall. See the "courses" tab for more information. 

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Courses open for registration

Certificate in General Studies

This new flexible certificate allows you to create your own program by choosing courses from the wide range of diploma and certificate programs offered in the Division of Continuing Studies. You can customize a course of study to meet your specific learning needs and objectives.
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Ecological Restoration Professional Specialization Certificate

This program is intended for people who already hold a degree or diploma. The certificate is designed for practitioners working in restoration and related fields that see “problems” with current practices and want to investigate alternative and innovative solutions. This program develops critical thinking skills and asks challenging questions that require students to deal with the uncertainty that is present with problems in ecological restoration.
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Restoration of Natural Systems Certificate

This dynamic, interdisciplinary non-credit program provides comprehensive knowledge and skills to those interested in the rapidly emerging field of ecological restoration. You’ll be learning about the most current restoration practices from experienced and knowledgeable instructors, surrounded by peers that share your passion for the natural world.
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Restoration of Natural Systems Diploma

This dynamic, interdisciplinary credit program provides comprehensive knowledge and skills to those interested in the rapidly emerging field of ecological restoration. The credit program is offered at the third- and fourth-year undergraduate level. You should have a minimum of two years of post-secondary studies or an equivalent preparation developed through work and life experience.
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Fall 2016 Newsletter – Sustainability and Ecological Restoration

In this issue, learn about the GOERT Colloquium, Green Shores, and other courses and events! Spring 2017 registration is now open and courses are filling up fast — register early to save your spot.

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Summer 2016 Newsletter – Sustainability and Ecological Restoration

Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 course registration is now open! Courses can fill up fast, so be sure to register early to get your seat.

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A Big Green Idea

Amanda Evans is originally from Toronto but came out to Victoria in 2003 to attend the University of Victoria. In 2012, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Geography, and a Diploma in Restoration of Natural Systems.

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Spring 2016 Newsletter – Sustainability and Ecological Restoration

The beauty of spring is upon us, but it’s not too early to start planning your fall courses! Fall course registration is NOW OPEN and there is still one summer course available for registration.

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New Program: Certificate in General Studies

Have you ever wanted to design your own credential? Have you ever struggled to find a program that meets your specific interests and needs? Then you might be interested in our newest program: the Certificate in General Studies.

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Summer 2015 Newsletter – Sustainability and Ecological Restoration

Upcoming courses Registration is now open for fall and spring courses. In mid-August, registration will open to students from other programs, so it’s important to register now to get the courses you want.

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Spring 2015 Newsletter – Sustainability and Ecological Restoration

Summer is approaching, which means fall isn’t that far away. Keep reading to get the latest information about our restoration courses and programs.

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Kristina Coleman

Like many in her program, Coleman works full time and is five courses into the 12-course program. As a chemist, her day job is analyzing data for an environmental laboratory in Sidney. "I wanted to know more about the environment and systems and how it all fits together," she says. "I thought this program would be a little flaky, like maybe it won't be anything I can use (in life or work). But it definitely is."

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Laura Biggs, Program Coordinator
Tel 250-721-8463
Gina Anderson, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-8458