Law library lighting pilot project to monitor efficiency, savings

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How many McGill electricians does it take to change a light bulb in the Gelber Law Library? Only one, albeit on a cherry picker – and that’s no joke, as the lights in question are a good 20 feet off the ground. But even though an electrician’s time could be certainly put to better use, the people at McGill’s Office of Sustainability are not too concerned about how a bulb gets changed. Rather, they’ll be keeping a close eye on how frequently it does.

One stream, three streams. Blue stream, green stream.

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By Neale McDevitt You’d figure that at an institution of higher learning, basic information would be easily assimilated by the community – especially if that information is conveniently colour-coded. Unfortunately, such is not always the case when it comes to McGill’s campus recycling program. Confusion still leads to large quantities of high-quality recyclable material being […]

Federal grant money available for home owners

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The Government of Canada’s ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiative is investing more than $675 million between 2007 and 2011 to promote smarter energy use by Canadians – at home, at work and on the road. These efforts will: reduce emissions that harm our health and the environment; save Canadians money; and make the most of our natural […]

Ten energy saving tips

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By McGill Reporter staff Even the groggiest morning people among us immediately wake up when they set foot outside each morning these days. There’s no escaping it…winter is just around the corner! Get your house ready for the cold by following these tips:

Sustainability Projects Fund passes by landslide

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By McGill Reporter staff A student referendum on the proposed Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) passed resoundingly last week, with 79 per cent of voters downtown voting to adopt the fund. Some 5,300 students voted, the second-highest total in SSMU history.

Working together toward a sustainable McGill

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Fate of proposed Sustainable Projects Fund hinges on student referendum By Neale McDevitt You’ll have to excuse Jonathan Glencross if he feels like the soundtrack to his life these days sounds a lot like the Mission Impossible theme song – complete with the ominous burning fuse urging him to action before time runs and something […]

Big Hanna is coming

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Canada’s largest composter will be installed beside Wong Building By Neale McDevitt Leaving her native Sweden behind, Big Hanna arrives at McGill where, under the watchful eyes of administrators and curious onlookers, she saves the day by living up to her name and consuming up to 1,200 kilos of food per week. Sound like the […]

It is easy being green

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By Pascal Zamprelli And now some more great news for pedestrians: McGill has announced that lower campus will be virtually car-free by the end of 2010.

To water or not to water, that is the question

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The fact of the matter is most lawns don’t need to be watered unless they have been newly seeded. If your lawn is comprised of grass that is natural to your climate then it will be accustomed to the amount of rain in your region and you run the risk of overwatering it. Don’t forget […]

Tea time invigorates plants

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Composting is a great way to recycle organic waste (including food scraps, leaves. Yard trimmings, paper and wood). Better yet, the nutrient-rich end result, called humus, is great food for plants. While most people spread the humus in their garden like fertilizer, a nice compost tea is an invigorating pick-me-up for your plants and flowers.