The Market Cooperative

Founded in January 2013, the Market Cooperative is a flourishing community of artists and musicians in Montreal. Their vision? To spur a cultural change in consumption by promoting the local economy. The Cooperative not only highlights Montreal’s thriving cultural scene, but creates opportunities to showcase small businesses.

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SSMU Environment Committee

The SSMU Environment Committee is a volunteer-led group which seeks to represent sustainability-related interests to administration and facilitate education about environmental, social and economic sustainability on campus.

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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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Why I’m Taking the Zero Waste Week Challenge

Starting today and ending on Friday, February 27th I am going to be carrying around all my trash. Of which I sincerely hope there won’t be that much, because it’s going to be pretty awkward hauling it all back and forth on the commuter train.

Why, you ask?

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