Bike Repair Racks

McGill actively encourages its community to cycle to campus and to learn all the skills they need to maintain this habit. The SPF has provided the means to create an outdoor bicycle repair station with a bike repair rack and to two manual tire pumps, located outside the bookstore. The rack itself is made with 100% recyclable materials and is supplied with eight theft-resistant tools allowing cyclists to make minor repairs immediately and locally.

Bike Racks SPF Project Page

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McGill Spaces Project

The McGill Spaces Project (MSP) is a student-led initiative that seeks to critically reimagine McGill’s spaces and places. Through cross-campus collaboration and creative placemaking, we aim to highlight the rousing potential of underused areas around downtown campus.
As a group of dedicated undergraduate and graduate students working in collarboration with staff from Campus and Space Planning, the MSP brings student energy, faculty expertise, and staff experience together to use McGill’s campus as a living labratory. Through experimentation, we aim to explore the connections between physical spaces and our quality of life, our community, and how they contribute to the big picture of social sustainability overall.

MSP SPF Project Page

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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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A Final Word from Martin Krayer von Krauss

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Early in his tenure at the Office of Sustainability, Martin Krayer von Krauss gave an interview to the McGill Reporter outlining his vision for sustainability at McGill. Before he left McGill to return to Denmark in August, he answered a few questions for us here.

Q: What are the top three single largest sustainability challenges facing McGill today?

A: First, the dilapidated state of our buildings. Second, the astonishingly high carbon emissions from our air travel. Third, the need for unified sustainability leadership to effectively address sustainability at a university-wide scale.

Q: Do you feel McGill is doing all that it could about these challenges?

A: Yes and no. Yes, in the sense that we are doing our best to tackle them using the means at our disposal. The problem is that the means that we have put at our disposal are the part of the same logical framework that got us into this mess in the first place.

Q: Please explain…

A: Let’s take, for example, the lamentable state of our buildings. I have nothing but respect for the staff within McGill who have repeatedly pounded on the table to draw attention to the fact that our buildings are crumbling. It takes a lot of courage to be a whistle blower. It takes even more courage to denounce a situation that most of us have come to think of as normal, but which in reality is the product of decades of abnormal and unacceptable neglect, for which we all have responsibility.

Reimagining Social Change

Social change work is slow, and we’ve all heard stories of well-intentioned people burning out as they scramble to improve this big old world of ours. But what if this were different? In the fall of 2013, the McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS) was fortunate to work with a social innovation group called Organization Unbound to explore this possibility by reimagining the way we think about and engage in social change. With the guidance of our two gentle and ever-curious facilitators, Jonathan Glencross and Lise Palmer, we were invited to focus on the people doing the work (in this case, us) through a six-month exploration of something they had called “expressive change”.

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