Join John Robinson (Associate Provost, Sustainability at UBC) in a conversation about The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability and Next Generation Sustainability at University of British Columbia
If universities have a duty to help societies seek solutions to sustainability challenges, our job is not done until the knowledge held within our walls is at work out in the world.
Personal and Cultural Enrichment Program
The Personal and Cultural Enrichment Program, part of McGill’s Faculty of Continuing Studies, offers lifelong learning opportunities on many topics, including sustainability.
McGill is not an isolated enclave. Our students, faculty, and staff are deeply networked with communities here in Montreal and across the globe.
In the Community
McGill’s community engagement activities are too numerous to quantify, and they reflect the decentralized nature of the university. There is no single catalogue of all of the community engagement underway at McGill, but the In the Community website provides a snapshot of some of the projects underway.
A strong community fabric is the glue that enables other sustainability efforts to stick.
It can be intimidating to arrive in a new place. McGill offers orientation sessions, resources, and training opportunities to all new students, faculty, and staff to help them integrate smoothly into life at McGill.
The health and wellbeing of McGill students and staff is an important element of sustainability. If our own lifestyles aren’t sustainable, what is?
McGill’s Human Resources department offers many resources to help staff lead healthy lives, ranging from organized walks up Mont Royal to health fairs, free flu vaccines, and lists of fun lunchtime outings to lure workaholic staff away from their desks.
A look into Vision 2020
Published November 18 2013 | McGill Daily
Written by Juliana Hayden | Visual by Khoa Doan
On the evening of November 14, staff and students gathered in the McGill bookstore for the launch of the first draft of McGill’s sustainability strategy – otherwise known as Vision 2020.
Since the Sustainability Projects Fund's inception many projects have been successfully implemented to further green McGill. Students and staff have been sensitized to environmental issues and continue to think of ways to further make events and daily operations more sustainable.
One set of events that may been overlooked are the many barbecues that occur in various departments during the spring, summer and fall. In the early 2000s, Oak Ridge Laboratory estimated that a charcoal grill emits 11 pounds of carbon dioxide hourly.
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, any
McGill has an extensive network of student and community groups working on all aspects of sustainability.
Whether organizing campus initatives, planning events or overseeing integration of sustainable activites in the University, these committees, groups and departments are intergral to a sustainable McGill. Click on the group names below (listed alphabetically) for more information.