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15 Current On-Going Projects

1. INSTITUTIONALIZATION

Operationalizing our Sustainable Procurement (SP) Vision, as set forth in the Procurement Policy. Demonstrating leadership in SP and generating support for the SP Vision and activities across campus and throughout the community. Build SP institutional memory and connect with internal stakeholders (including faculty and students) in moving forward on SP projects.

 

2. SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT TRAINING

Training Procurement Services staff in the practice of Sustainable Procurement (SP), to ensure that lifecycle thinking and triple bottom line principles are applied in their purchasing decisions, and on a University-wide basis, raise the awareness and knowledge of staff members who are in the position of influencing purchases of goods and services.

 

3. IT ASSET MANAGEMENT

In collaboration with IT Services, develop and adopt the necessary regulations, minimum standard requirements, and procedures to optimise the lifecycle management of McGill's IT resources. Operationalize McGill's 4-R hierarchy (rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle) as it applies to IT resources.

 

4. SUPPORT APPLIED STUDENT RESEARCH INITIATIVES

Engage McGill's academic community in supporting Sustainable Procurement and provide students with the opportunity to conduct useful reseach - create the "living lab".

  • Develop a network of Applied Student Research (ASR) supervisors in various faculties.
  • Contribute to the Project Manager for Sustainable Procurement (PM's) resources by generating useful information/reseach.
  • Offer stimulating learning experiences to students while integrating students' work with the University's Sustainable Operations.

 

5. SUSTAINABILITY IN CALLS FOR TENDERS

Incorporate sustainability criteria (including social, economic, and environmental aspects) in the University's call for tender documents, in accordance with the University's Procurement Policy. Gradually incorporate new criteria on an ongoing basis.

 

6. SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT CORE TEAM

Maintain a permanent Sustainable Procurement (SP) Core Team (with cross-functional representatives from McGill community) for envisioning, planning, and monitoring purposes. Engage McGill administrative units, faculties, and student body in supporting SP initiatives through Core Team involvement. Develop orientations and action planning with Core Team and meet on a regular basis to validate project advancement and obtain feedback and support.

 

7. COMMUNICATIONS

Communicate advancement of Sustainable Procurement (SP) vision/goals/projects to McGill community and external partners, including other institutions across Canada. Raise awareness about the importance of SP and its potential (or actual) contribution to attaining Vision 2020 objectives.

 

8. SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE RESEARCH PRACTICES

In collaboration with other administrative units and facutly, contribute to the advancement of sustainability in research practices by raising awareness, embedding sustainable procurement and purchasing in research spending, and strengthening the sustainability policies of granting agencies.

 

9. SUPPORT GENERAL ASSET MANAGEMENT PROJECT

In collaboration with the Office of VP-RIR, IT Services, Facilities Management and Ancillary Services, help develop and implement the necessary framework (including IT resources and governance mechanisms)  for optimizing the lifecycle management of University assets, as required by governmental authorities and granting agencies.

 

10. PROCUREMENT SERVICES' SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS

Investigate McGill Procurement Services' operations (and their current environmental, social, and economic impacts) and bring positive changes towards greater sustainbility.

 

11. SUPPLIER CODE OF CONDUCT

Develop, test, and adopt a Supplier Code of Conduct delineating the University's social, environmental and ethical exigencies for conducting business with suppliers and subcontractos. Substantiate the Procurement Policy's reference to human rights, environmental stewardship (including animal welfare), as well as ethical standards, and communicate McGill's Sustainale Procurement commitments to the market. 

 

12. LICENSEE CODE OF CONDUCT

After the adoption of McGill's Supplier Code of Conduct, work with stakeholders across campus to develop and adopt a Licensee Code of Conduct (applicable to licensees using McGill's trademark and logos).

 

13. SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT GUIDELINES, MANUALS AND FAQ

Develop simple communication tools and general advice for implementing Sustainable Procurement at McGill. Delineate Community members' possible contribution and provide guidance for action.

 

14. ADAPTATION OF OUR CONTRACT MANAGER TOOL

Use Procurement Services' contract management tools to track and assess our contracted suppliers' sustainability commitments.

 

15. MORE SUSTAINABLE OPTIONS IN McGILL MARKETPLACE (MMP)

Work with suppliers to encourage them to incorporate, and highlight, more sustainable product options in MMP.