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We lay out which actions were discussed at each Action Team Meeting November 14-18th along with the perspectives of several participants on the Vision 2020 process and the ideas discussed thus far.

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Between September 26th – September 29th, we had a series of Action Team Meetings across five categories: research, education, connectivity, operations, and governance and administration. Over the course of a week, participants discussed the most meaningful ways to create a culture of sustainability on campus.

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What do a village in Colombia and McGill’s Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) have in common? Kim McGrath, SPF Steward, explains…


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A question that staff often bring to MOOS is, “How do you talk to students?” In this post, MOOS student engagement facilitator Lily Schwarzbaum tells us how to create key partnerships and collaborations with students at McGill!

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It’s been nearly two months since I joined the McGill community as Sustainability Manager. Previously, I worked for 12 years for the City of Montreal in the field of sustainable development, including the last four as team leader. In a few words, here’s my experience of introduction to the McGill world

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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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                             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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by: Marcy Slapcoff | Oct. 14, 2014
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Earlier this fall I spent an afternoon in my farmers’ field digging up carrots. Yes, I am part of community supported agriculture (CSA) – this particular group is led by a couple whose farm is in the outskirts of Montreal. Every week, I enjoy deliveries of fresh, local, organic and DELICIOUS vegetables. However, this Sunday was different. Instead of bringing my canvas bags to the neighborhood drop-off point to pick up my veggies, I headed across the bridge to where the vegetables are actually grown.

I grew up when Tang (a favourite of astronauts) and Frosted Flakes (I just loved Tony the Tiger) was considered a nutritious breakfast. Much of my family’s food came in a box, a can or as a powder. But sometime after bell bottoms and before dippity do, my mother discovered brewer’s yeast and my father became a vegetarian. Suddenly, wheat germ became a staple in our cupboard and the Moosewood cookbook took up residence on the counter right next to the juicer and yoghurt maker.


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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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Vision 2020 was incredibly ambitious, and as the whole thing draws to a close we’re in the mood for reflecting. As we collect the numbers for final reports, we’re reminded that Vision 2020 really was the largest, most far-reaching and collaborative sustainability project ever undertaken at McGill: it involved over 1500 participants engaged by an evolving team of 10 and a steering committee of 25. It featured 37 community events,17 new projects, 757 twitter followers, 10 210 blog views, 1460 newsletter subscribers… and 1 official Sustainability Strategy for McGill University. That last number, while the smallest, was pretty huge for us.