The 'Reducing Lab Chemical Waste' project takes an interdisciplinary (managerial, chemical and educational) approach to minimize the total output of chemical waste produced by the McGill Chemistry Department. Two students in separate labs will monitor the waste output of their work and extrapolate data to develop a model for waste segregation that can be applied to other labs in the future.
From MEP Interns (SP0067): The McGill Energy Project is a student-led cooperation of students, faculty and staff working together to find ways to use the McGill University Campus as a living laboratory for applied research with the objective of developing energy solutions for a sustainable future.
From the initial application: The opportunity for this project arose when the McGill Gault Nature Reserve (GNR) in Mont-Saint-Hilaire proposed a mechanical engineering project (MECH 463). The mission is to help them reduce their carbon footprint by providing them with a less environmentally-harmful electric ATV to perform their every day maintenance tasks.
From the initial application: The Life Science Complex Imaging Facility (Physiology), the Cell Imaging and Analysis Network (CIAN, Biology) and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) microscopy core have eleven microscopes with mercury based light sources that they would like to eliminate. The facilities would like to migrate to newer sustainable, energy efficient, mercury free light engines.
The Audit hopes to foster ann efficient and consistent waste, water, and energy management system across all McGill Food and Dining Services’ residence cafeterias.
(From the Results Report and Action Plan)
The McGill feeding McGill project, the Macdonald Campus Farm and McGill Food and Dining Services are building part of a sustainable food system at McGill.
The McGill Food and Dining Serves (MFDS) produces approximately 14000 liters of waste vegetable oil (WVO) per year. Disposal of this oil represents a loss of a valuable commodity: WVO contains an amount of chemical energy comparable to crude oil.
From the initial application: The McGill Energy Project is a student-led cooperation of students, faculty and staff working together to find ways to use the McGill University Campus as a living laboratory for applied research with the objective of developing energy solutions for a sustainable future.
Macdonald has the benefit of an organic waste stream comprising both food waste from campus buildings and farm waste. This duality makes Mac an ideal location for research and experimentation with anaerobic digestion applicable to both municipalities and farm operations.
Transportation Research at McGill (TRAM) is presently researching the travel behaviour of McGill University students, faculty and staff. This student-led initiative, in collaboration with the McGill Sustainability Office, is conducting a survey which aims to discover how the McGill community commutes to and from campus.