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Sustainability and Social Responsibility

At Student Housing and Hospitality Services, we care deeply about our impact on the well-being of our planet and our communities.

This commitment includes adopting practices, relationships and priorities that promote ecological integrity, social justice, and secure livelihoods. Through the choices we offer, we seek to nurture an appetite for learning about, and connecting with, the food that we eat.

Key achievements:

COMPOSTING 

  • From enriching the soil to helping prevent pollution, there are numerous benefits to composting. 
  • We're proud to work with Compost Montreal, who have helped us compost 196,197 liters of diverted compostable material in the 2015-2016 academic school year alone.
  • Eco stations allow students to sort their leftovers by either landfill, recycling, or compost. Find eco stations at the following dining halls: CS, RVC, NRH and BMH.
  • Visit the section Composting for more information. 

CHOOSING LOCAL

  • Macdonald farm and other other local suppliers account for 30% of all produce purchases, demonstrating McGill's commitment to supporting local farmers and companies.
  • Another way we promote local is with Local Food Days; these events occur monthly at all the dining halls and select retail locations to emphasize local food production and education along with creative use of local products.
  • Visit the section Mac Farm Sourcing for more information.

GOING FAIR TRADE

  • Fair trade is a market-based system that aims to influence international trade practices towards greater social and environmental sustainability.
  • With this approach, it builds mutually beneficial relationships between producers and consumers.
  • Fair Trade Canada recognized McGill University’s commitment to Fair Trade purchases and awarded McGill with the Fair Trade Campus designation. McGill University now has the recognition of being Fair Trade’s biggest supporter.
  • Visit the section Fair Trade for more information. 

REUSING & RECYCLING

  • LEARN ALL ABOUT THE EXCITING OZZI SYSTEM HERE - Say good bye to disposable containers!
  • We believe that implementing convenient and easy to use recycling methods is key when trying to encourage students to engage in sustainable habits.
  • Reusable mugs - Resident students get a free mug in their welcome eco-kit, which saves them 25 cents every time they fill up with their free mug or any other mug.
  • Preserve 2 Go containters - When students use these reusable containers, they'll help the environment with the added bonus of saving the 60 cents they would have been charged for a paper container. 
  • Bottled water initiative - With the exception of some mineral waters, we no longer sells bottled water in any of the five Residence Dining Halls. This promotes the use of reusable aluminum water bottles.

SERVING SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD

  • SHHS values the oceans, which is why we only purchase sustainable seafood approved by the Marine Stewardship Council, Ocean Wise, and Best Aquaculture Practices.
  • The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody is particularly valuable to SHHS, as it was obtained through the efforts of an Applied Student Research class of students. In 2015, MSC certified species accounted for 25.4 percent of all seafood served.
  • McGill Food and Dining Services received the MSC Chain of Custody certification on February 11th, 2013, becoming the first Canadian post-secondary institution to be recognized by the MSC for its commitment to serving sustainable seafood.
  • MSC, an international non-profit organization set up to help transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis, maintains the most widely respected and accepted global standard for the certification of wild capture seafood.