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Philippe St-Jean is on a mission: to improve the sustainability performance of McGill buildings. He envisions a McGill in which everyone can be informed about their consumption, shift their habits, and even contribute to research that will make our campus a better place.

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Spin bikes, plants, and meditative art. That’s what Nurse Louise Lockhart is prescribing to McGill students, staff and faculty members in need of enjoyable mental and physical health breaks!

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Social Equity and Diversity Education Office, in collaboration with MOOS’ Sustainability Projects Fund, recently created a Family Resources Coordinator at McGill! SEDE Coordinator Tanya Lalonde is a central community resource addressing family care issues by linking student parents to childcare on campus.

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The Farmers’ Market is an annual Fall event on McGill’s downtown campus which provides students, employees, and members of the community with fresh, local produce from the farmers who produce it. The market not only allows students at McGill to sample healthy organic produce, but aims to act as a model for equitable relationships between food producers and consumers.

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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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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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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