Trash2Treasure recycles unwanted household items to furnish refugees’ homes

In the Community

Between April 27 and May 6, volunteers from the Trash2Treasure (T2T) pilot project collected five ton – the average weight of an African elephant – of used household goods left behind by students moving out at the end of the term. Adding to that success, enough recyclable material was amassed to furnish the homes of 19 refugee families.

Sustainability symposium explores resilience and climate change

Around Campus

The annual Trottier Symposium on Sustainable Engineering, Energy and Design is one of the signs that spring is near. This year’s free symposium runs from April 4-5, and brings together speakers who will focus on “Planning for Resiliency in the Face of Climate Change.”

McGill commits to carbon neutrality by 2040

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Released earlier today, the Vision 2020 Climate & Sustainability Action Plan (2017-2020), designed to expand and enhance the University’s commitment to sustainability, the Action Plan also outlines a number of initiatives to lower McGill’s own carbon footprint.

Desautels ranked among world’s top green MBA programs

Kudos

Corporate Knights, which bills itself as “the magazine for clean capitalism,” has issued its 2017 Top 40 Better World MBA ranking that lists the business schools that most effectively integrate sustainability into the education of future business leaders. McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management was ranked ninth in the world. As well, the magazine named four McGillians to its list of Top 30 Under 30 leaders in sustainability.

Working toward a Zero Waste Campus

Other News

In an effort to become a leader in our community for responsible waste management, McGill is taking steps to reduce the amount of waste generated on campus and increase its diversion rate, in the hopes of one day becoming a Zero Waste Campus.

Catalyst Awards celebrate sustainability leaders

Kudos

On April 3, the McGill Office of Sustainability hosted its seventh annual Catalyst Awards Gala to celebrate individuals and teams who have made lasting contributions to the sustainability of the University.

McGill is the fairest of them all

Kudos

At a ceremony in Halifax on February 25, McGill was named Fair Trade Campus of the Year by Fairtrade Canada, making us No. 1 among the 21 designated fair trade campuses across Canada. The award was granted by an independent panel of judges to the campus with the strongest commitment to fair trade.

Davos 2017: Elena Bennett on hope and sustainability

Four Burning Questions

In advance of her World Economic Forum lecture, Elena Bennet spoke to the Reporter about complexity in decision making; the wide range of sustainability-related initiatives at McGill and in her own research; and how she stays hopeful in a world that at times seems rather bleak.

Davos 2017: Graham MacDonald on global food systems

Four Burning Questions

In advance of his presentation at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, the Reporter spoke to Graham MacDonald from the Department of Geography about the state of global food systems.

Heading down the Road to 200

News

The Road to 200 is a new initiative that will explore how, as the University approaches its 200th birthday in 2021, McGill is pioneering new knowledge across five cross-disciplinary themes: Towards a Sustainable Future, The Promise of Better Health, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Humanity Beyond Boundaries, and Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives.