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SPF: Materials

Materials Analysis Tool (SP0031)

Status: COMPLETED February 2011 - December 2013

McGill University’s Materials Analysis Tool (MAT) is a free online ranking system that distills manufacturer information to assist in the selection of building products that are more cost effective, healthy and environmentally responsible.

Bellairs Recycling Program (SP0030)

Status: COMPLETED March 2011 - May 2011

Every time a guest goes to dispose an article of garbage he or she will see that they have the choice to do something better for the environment. Furthermore, as this project will bring attention to your waste it shall also bring attention to your consumption. The visibility of this project will support a message to reduce one’s consumption of wasteful products and further promote an individual and communal commitment to sustainability.

Mac Water Bottle Refill Station (SP0029)

Status: COMPLETED Summer 2011

The Mac Water Bottle Refill Station was a pilot project put in the Macdonald Stwerat building on Mac Campus on 2009 to encourage students to bring their own water bottles for refill in a more convenient station. The pilot was so successful that there are now several more refill stations all over the McGill campus. As of January 31st 2013, more than 55,000 water bottles have been filled from these stations.

Hazardous Waste Minimization (SP0025)

Status: COMPLETED June 2010 - August 2010

 In an effort to properly characterize hazardous material and reduce the amount of hazardous waste sent for incineration (thus minimizing costs related to disposal), a student was hired to be in charge of three different projects:

Fluorescent Lamps Disposal (SP0024)

Status: COMPLETED January 2011 - May 2011

Fluorescent tubes are the principal source of lighting at our university. Every year we change thousands of burned tubes and replace them with new ones. On average the University buys 82 000 linear feet of tubes per year (according to stats from 2006). We can assume that the same amount is going for disposal. 

Food Waste Processor for In-Vessel Composting (SP0009)

Status: COMPLETED Summer 2010

The mission is to offer McGill Food and Dining Services an enjoyable and memorable dining at the McGill community through food destinations distinctly that reflect the culinary creativity and the essence of Montreal.

The group is committed to providing the highest quality of customer service; promote health and nutrition education, ensuring social responsibility, the implementation of effective policies and delivery of our food passion for, people and excellence.