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The Catalyst Awards

The Catalyst Awards for Sustainability are held annually every spring to recognize students, staff, and faculty who have made meaningful and enduring contributions to the sustainability movement at McGill University. 

In 2016, the awards categories were aligned with the five categories of sustainability as outlined in McGill’s Vision 2020 Sustainability StrategyResearch, Education, Connectivity, Operations, and Governance & Administration.

Elements from all five categories are included in consideration of the Emerald Key for student contribution to sustainability.

General guidelines

  • Nominees are accepted for activities undertaken when nominee(s) were active at McGill as a student, staff or faculty member.
  • Nominations must focus on activities undertaken since February 2015.
  • An initiative can only win an award in a single category.
  • Nominations are accepted from all members of the community.


The Emerald Key Award for student contribution to sustainability

This award will go to a student who has made significant and lasting contributions in creating a culture of sustainability at McGill. The student should be someone who has made a significant and long-lasting impact on McGill’s campuses, greatly increasing the sustainability of the University.

Vision 2020 Category Awards

This year we honour sustainability projects for their achievement in the 5 categories of the Vision 2020 Sustainability StrategyResearch, Education, Connectivity, Operations, and Governance & Administration.