Electric Grounds Equipment

This project makes use of resources from the SPF to purchase battery-operated equipment for the McGill Grounds Department, replacing the current gas-powered maintenance equipment, such as leaf blowers. Along with a reduction in air and noise pollution, the new equipment will be safer for the employees, who have responded enthusiastically to the change.


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Out-of-the-Garden Project

The Out of the Garden Project is a student-directed not-for-profit café at McGill MacDonald Campus. OGP believes in the Farm-to-Fork movement, and prioritizes fresh, ecologically- and ethically-produced ingredients sourced from local West Island farms, including the campus’s own Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Gardens (MSEG) and Horticultural Centre. Twice a week, OGP provides affordable, healthy lunch choices for the Mac community. The style? Changing weekly menus, in a setting that provides students with a social space for meeting and studying.

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Take Action!

Looking for ways to incorporate sustainability into your daily life? Check out the new Get Involved page of the sustainability website, the Envirocomm Green Living blog, and the Guinea Pigging Green blog and podcasts, featuring former MOOS Communications Intern Laura Fraser. Got more great resources for sustainable living? Please send them our way!”


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McGill renews its approach to sustainability with Vision 2020

On Oct. 16, McGill University launched the Vision 2020 Sustainability Strategy, a blueprint for increasing social, economic, and environmental sustainability in the McGill community. Over a hundred and fifty students attended the launch event at the Y-intersection last Thursday afternoon.

                             Oct. 21, 2014 | The McGill Tribune | By: Victor Tang

    Developed under the mandate of the McGill’s 2010 sustainability policy, the strategy divides sustainability at McGill into five categories: Research and governance, administration, education, operations, and connectivity. It also outlines 14 priority actions that fall into the five categories, including increased student research geared towards sustainability, the development of campus hubs to foster a culture of sustainability, and a greater commitment towards green building standards.

    The construction of the sustainability strategy was spearheaded by the McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS) and funded by the Sustainability Projects Fund created in 2009. The consultation process took place over the span of two years.

    “Since February 2012, over 1,000 McGill community members have contributed their visions and action ideas to this process through more than 20 public events, dozens of presentations, and online,” reads the document. “Students, staff, and faculty were engaged in countless conversations, world-café style discussions, flash consultations, one-on-one interviews, and working groups to imagine and plan for a more sustainable McGill.”

    While previous drafts of the strategy included up to 51 priority actions, the final document was pared down to 14. The final draft was approved by the McGill senior administration in March of 2014 and was then later presented to the university’s Senate and Board of Governors.

    Senior Communications Officer of MOOS Julia Solomon said that although the strategy specified a two year time frame from 2014-2016 for its objectives, the vision and goals would be relevant for many years to come.

    “We chose a short period so that the actions would be tangible, and there would be a sense of urgency about moving them forward and reporting back on progress,” she said.


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Support the McGill Office of Sustainability’s crowdfunding project!

                             Oct. 21, 2014 | ES Montréal | By: Elena Bennett

Do you love McGill, and want your university to take sustainability to heart?

    The McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS) is the organization at McGill that strives to guide and support McGill as it transitions towards being an institutional model of sustainability for society.

    MOOS is also the organization that helps coordinate the Sustainability Projects Fund, which provided the funding to start “Montreal’s Ecosystems at Your Service”.

    Right now, MOOS is using crowdfunding to raise money to support their student internships program and I urge you to go support them. Even if you can only afford $5, this is your chance to show that sustainability matters to McGill. The more people that donate, the stronger that message will be! Check out their page here, and consider making a donation.


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