The 'Out-of-the-Garden Project' (OGP) is an ongoing effort to establish a student-run café on Macdonald Campus which serves breakfast and lunch twice a week with ingredients sourced locally from McGill student farming projects. With this second round of SPF funding, the OGP purchased capital equipment and supplies to establish the café and began to serve breakfast and lunch to students once a week.
The McGill Apicultural Association (MAA), along with the Macdonald Student-run Ecologocal Gardens (MSEG) and the Office of Student Academic Services at Macdonald Campus (OSAS) has worked with the SPF to create and institutionalize a beekeeping and farming internship program. This project provides sufficient hives to create the revenue needed to employ students in the summer, and promotes student engagement with apiculture on Macdonald Campus.
The mandate of McGill Feeding McGill is to provide locally grown fruits and vegetables from the Macdonald Campus’s Horticultural Research Center to McGill University’s Food and Dining services operated residences and the general student community.
This project measures the magnitude of the lack of child care spots available to the faculty and graduate students on the McGill downtown campus. Through background research, and the design and analysis of a survey, a concise and informative report will be produced that highlights the impacts and needs of childcare services. The project hopes to contribute to the economic and social sustainability of the McGill community.
The Library Multibins project oversaw the purchase and installation of 25 specialized recycling/waste multibins in three libraries on McGill campus, including the main Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Redpath/Mclennan). This project involved an educational campaign designed to have users of the bins to take the routines they learn at the libraries and implement them at home.
The 2013 edition of the McGill Sustainability Symposium, "Adapting to a Changing Climate", took place on March 14th. It featured guest speakers, a poster session, presentations of student work, and a "world-cafe" round table discussion.