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About the Sustainability Projects Fund

The SPF mandate is to: "Build a culture of sustainability on McGill campuses through the development and seed-funding of interdisciplinary projects." It creates opportunities for the McGill community to actively engage in sustainability initiatives on campus.

How does it work?

Any member of the McGill community can submit a project application, a detailed four page proposal outlining a project idea, anytime throughout the year. Submitted applications are reviewed by the SPF Working Group, and selected applications receive funding for their projects, in addition to feedback and guidance from the Working Group and SPF Administrator.

Applicants should be aware that the deadlines for applications to each round of funding fall on the last Monday of January, April, September and November of the given year.

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The Working Group

The Sustainability Projects Fund Working Group is a parity committee charged with providing feedback on project applications by consensus.

The Working Group is chaired by the Manager of the McGill Office of Sustainability, who serves as a non-voting member. The Sustainability Projects Fund Administrator stewards the Working Group as a non-voting member, and acts as a liaison with applicant teams. Relevant individuals who do not cast a vote may also be asked to attend, per request of the Working Group.

Funding for the SPF

The Sustainability Projects Fund was created through the approval of a 'non-opt-outable' student fee of $0.50 per credit (with a maximum of $15/year) to be collected from each SSMU, MCSS, and PGSS student. This amount is matched by the administration with funds sourced from internal and external donations, centrally managed capital and operating budgets of the University, and grants from external agencies and non-governmental organizations.

The estimated yearly total of the SPF is $840,000. Any unspent funds remaining from one year will be rolled over into the fund balance of the subsequent year. No money from this fund may be allocated to any project or undertaking that does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Sustainability Projects Fund Working Group, as described below.

Allocation of the SPF resources

A portion of the fund monies will be reserved to fund the position of Sustainability Projects Fund Administrator for duration of the initial three-year period of the SPF, in addition to two or three student positions which will work in tandem with the SPF Administrator position. The SPF Administrator will serve as Steward of the SPF Working Group, coordinating applied student research, facilitating the application process, ensuring that approved projects are executed as planned, and tracking progress on sustainability accomplishments achieved through the SPF. The balance of fund monies will be dedicated to a wide variety of sustainability projects.

Click here to see the SPF Application Criteria