The McGill Energy Project’s objective is to help drive McGill’s energy system towards a more sustainable future through a process that leaves its participants with the tools needed to affect change in energy systems at large. They had great success in the first 18 months of operation, and the McGill Energy Project 2 SPF project provided the funding to have Marc-Etienne Brunet carry out demanding administrative tasks over the course of the summer.
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.
The University is blessed by the fact that it has a Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences within close proximity (35 Km) to its major downtown campus which houses and feeds nearly 3000 students on a daily basis for eight months of the year. The amount of food that is being produced and the potential for more production in the future is staggering. There are many financial, social and health benefits that this project brings to the University administrators and its student population.
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.
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.
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.
The Off-Campus Home Energy Team is a student effort to bridge the on-campus and off-campus experience of others living in the sometimes freezing cold but beautiful city of Montreal. The basic idea is that students living in apartments near campus sign up for a visit from a knowledgeable OCHET student team to help them reduce energy bills and live more comfortably through the winter.