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Cafe Rhizae (SP0060)

Status: COMPLETED November 2011 - January 2012

This project created an innovative protocol on how to grow gourmet oyster mushrooms from spent coffee grounds. They collected used coffee grounds from McGill cafeterias and area cafes, which was used for their experimental research to grow edible mushrooms.

Solin Hall Compost Pails (SP0058)

Status: COMPLETED November 2011

When interest in composting was expressed by Solin Hall residents, a team of committed council members looked into getting a compost pail for every apartment in Solin.

Teva Recycling (SP0055)

Status: COMPLETED November 2011 - May 2012

Teva is a  student group whose mission is to improve recycling rates on McGill campus. The Teva Recycling Initiative (TRI) is a joint venture between McGill student group Teva and the McLennan library administration.

Egg Grader (SP0052)

Status: COMPLETED August 2011 - December 2011

The egg grader is a machine that will be used for demonstrations to students from the graduate, under graduate and FMT levels. The purchase of the egg grader will also give the Poultry Unit an opportunity to join the growing  initiative “McGill Feeding McGill” program. 

Green Biobanking (SP0051)

Status: COMPLETED (Original Timeline: ) August 2011 - September 2012 (Extended Timeline: ) August 2011 - August 2014

Campus Swaps (SP0046)

Status: COMPLETED May 2011 - Fall 2011

Campus Swaps is a sustainable initiative for university and college students, in the form of a social enterprise.

We're recycling goods from graduating students to incoming students, thereby creating sustainable cycles of ownership on campuses across North America. We provide affordable prices to new students, responsible recycling options for recent grads, and substantial, measurable waste reduction within entire student communities.

McGill Feeding McGill 2 (SP0038)

Status: COMPLETED Summer 2011

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.

Law Plate Club (SP0033)

Status: COMPLETED February 2011 - August 2011

The Faculty of law holds many events such as weekly cocktails, wine and cheese gatherings, presentations where food and drink are offered and many other events where plates, utensils and glasses are used.

Members of the committee noticed that disposable items were frequently used at these events; our estimates were that a minimum of 300 disposable paper plates were thrown out every week, with a similar high amount of plastic cups disposed of weekly.

Hazardous Chemical Disposal Campaign (SP0032)

Status: COMPLETED August 2010 - December 2010

At McGill, thousands of hazardous materials (chemicals, biohazards and radioisotopes) are used by over 800 laboratories for teaching and research purposes. Under federal and provincial legislation, the University has the obligation to account for all of its hazardous materials and maintain up‐to‐date material safety data sheets (MSDS) for each one of them.