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Complete shift to renewable energy within Canada’s reach, academics say

The Globe and Mail | March 18, 2015 by: Ivan Semeniuk & Shawn McCarthy Canada could shift entirely to renewable sources of electricity by 2035 and eliminate 80 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, says a group of Canadian academics that is aiming to spur government action on climate change. Read the full story here.

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Published on : 22 Mar 2015

Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Case Competition Promotes Cross-Faculty Collaboration

On January 16-17, 2015, the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM), CREATE in Green Chemistry, and the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED), jointly a workshop and case competition on Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry.

Published on : 16 Mar 2015

'Cities We Need' conference highlights importance of municipal autonomy

The McGill Tribune | Feb. 24, 2015 by: Philippe Dumais The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) opened its 20th annual two-day conference on Feb. 19, focusing on the challenges cities across Canada face.   Read the full story here.

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Published on : 06 Mar 2015

McGill Spaces Project holds second workshop on Brown Building redesign

The McGill Tribune | Feb. 24, 2015 by: Laura Hanrahan The workshop was hosted by the McGill Spaces Project (MSP), a student-led initiative seeking to reimagine spaces across McGill’s campus, the Brown Building Redesign Advisory Group (BRAG), a McGill Student Services committee, and the McGill Architecture Community Design Workshop class (ARCH 514), led by Professor Nik Luca.

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Published on : 06 Mar 2015

Montreal to create urban path linking river, mountain for 375th birthday

The Montreal Gazette | Feb 26, 2015 by: René Bruemmer The city of Montreal presented its vision for a River to the Mountain urban walkway on Wednesday, linking two icons of the Montreal landscape along a pedestrian-friendly 3.8-kilometre stretch flowing along the city’s streets.  Read the full story here.

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Published on : 06 Mar 2015

Invasive species pose serious threat to health of the Great Lakes

The McGill Reporter | Feb. 3, 2015 By: Melody Enguix New study from scientists at McGill shows the vulnerability of the basin to future invaders – and calls for regulations to mitigate this threat. Read the full story here.

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Published on : 12 Feb 2015

SEI Impact Internship Program: Seeds of Change Crowdfunding

McGill students have incredible ideas and know how to enact positive social change. Now you can help them apply their knowledge and passion through the Impact Internship Program at the Social Economy Initiative (SEI) of the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM). The program pairs top undergraduate students with social-purpose organizations (i.e. non-profits and social enterprises) for ten weeks over the summer.

Published on : 11 Feb 2015

Integrating social equity into urban transportation planning: A critical evaluation of equity objectives and measures in transportation plans in North America

Science Direct | January 2015 By: Kevin Manaugh “Almost all [cities involved] have wide goals about how the infrastructure should be equitably distributed, but then nothing is really measured, because there isn’t a clear target for performance measure for many plans.” - Kevin Manaugh Read the full story here. Further news on this topic:

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Published on : 03 Feb 2015

Systems crucial to stability of planet compromised

McGill Newsroom | January 15, 2015 Almost half of the processes that are crucial to maintaining the stability of the planet have become dangerously compromised by human activity. Read the full story here Further news on this topic:

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Published on : 03 Feb 2015

McGill hosts annual Fair Trade Conference

McGill Reporter | Jan. 22, 2015 By: Galitt Araf The three-day event brought together leaders from across the country committed to the advancement of Fair Trade, both on a small scale and globally.  Read the full story here

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Published on : 26 Jan 2015

Reimagining housing for the poor and cities without cars

The Vancouver Sun | Jan. 25, 2015 By: Daphne Bramham McGill architecture professor Vikram Bhatt, winner of the Margolese National Living Design Prize from UBC, thinks people should live where they can grow some of their own food. Read the full story here

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Published on : 26 Jan 2015

ECOLE sustainable housing project gains Independent Student Group status

Jan. 13, 2015 | The McGill Tribune by: Ashley Kong Educational Community Living Environment (ECOLE), a sustainability initiative, gained Independent Student Group (ISG) status on Dec. 4 during the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) Legislative Council meeting.  Read the full story here

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Published on : 16 Jan 2015

L'habitat des ours polaires en danger [lien français]

le 14 janvier 2015 | RadioCanada Une étude suggère que les menaces aux habitats glacés des ours polaires sont plus importantes que ce qui était prévu jusqu'à maintenant.   Ecoutez l'histoire complet ici.

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Published on : 16 Jan 2015

Leading the charge toward sustainability

Professor Jeffrey Bergthorson in the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been named the first Panda Faculty Scholar in Sustainable Engineering and Design at the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED). Also recently appointed Associate Director of TISED, Prof Bergthorson began a 3-year term in both roles on January 1, 2015.

Published on : 16 Jan 2015

Sustainability — at McGill, they've made an app for that

Dec. 22, 2014 | Montreal Gazette By: Sarah Rogers Thanks to a McGill University law professor with an interest in social responsibility, there’s an app that will monitor your commitment to sustainability. Read the full story here

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Published on : 11 Jan 2015