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Training Teachers for Sustainability (SP0144)

Status: ONGOING Summer 2015 - present

The Training Teachers for Sustainability project aims to enhance McGill Education students’ understanding and competencies related to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) - deepening their knowledge, skills, and pedagogical competencies in relation to sustainability.

Bellairs Research Institute Greenhouse (SP0145)

Status: ONGOING Summer 2015 - present

The Bellairs Research Institute Greenhouse project involves the construction of a sustainable tropical greenhouse at McGill’s Barbadian Campus. This greenhouse will be used to produce fruits, vegetables and other native edible plants for use in food production at the Institute.

LEEDing Change (SP0146)

Status: ONGOING Summer 2015 - present

The LEEDing change project aims to update building standards at McGill by reviewing existing practices and institutionalizing cultural change with key stakeholders so that building to green building standards becomes ‘business as usual’ instead of additional, optional work.


Mac Community Wellbeing Project (SP0147)

Status: COMPLETED Summer 2015 - Summer 2016

The Macdonald Community Wellbeing Project aims to develop and expand the institutional capacity for equity and community programming on the Macdonald campus, and create a more inclusive and supportive campus environment. This project involves the creation of four student-staff positions and troubleshooting to determine what works best in the Macdonald campus context to develop the protocols and processes to guide future efforts.

Thomson House Pollinator Plantings (SP0148)

Status: COMPLETED Summer 2015 - Fall 2015

The Thomson House Pollinator Plantings project seeks to enrich the ecological systems already established on the Thomson House grounds by improving a presently unaddressed and weak component of them. By adding hearty pollinating plants to the ecosystem, project participants hope to increase food production and interest in the garden.

#MeToo (SP0139)

Status: COMPLETED November 2014 - May 2015

The #MeToo project is an initiative to produce video content that aims to tackle the idea that seeking help for mental wellness is a sign of weakness. This project is produced by NataliFilm and involves The Post-Graduate Students’ Society of McGill University in collaboration with McGill’s Counselling Services, Mental Health Services, and the Peer Support Network.

Laird Hall Zero-Waste Project (SP0138)

Status: ONGOING Winter 2015 - current

In 2013, Laird Hall made great strides towards implementing a culture of recycling and composting among its residents. Now in 2015, this SPF project aims to continue the stakeholder participation process so that participatory waste management can become institutionalised at Laird Hall, and see that the students who participate will go forth with a more sustainable attitude towards waste management at McGIll.

Permaculture Classes (SP0121)

Status: COMPLETED January 2013 - May 2014

The 'Permaculture Classes' project implemented a new curriculum surrounding the practice of purmaculture at McGill's Macdonald Campus. The classes consisted of 8 sessions, held on alternate Saturdays from January to April 201, during which student were introduced to the permaculture principles and applications, and discovered the growing movement of permaculture projects already happening in Montréal.

Out of the Garden 3 (SP0122)

Status: ONGOING January 2013 - current

The 'Out-of-the-Garden Project' (OGP) originally established a student-run café on Macdonald Campus which serves breakfast and lunch once a week with ingredients sourced locally from McGill student farming projects. With their third round of funding, the OGP purchased ingredients and kitchen supplies that allowed them to double their production and offer their meals twice a week in the Winter 2014 semester.