Sustainability Declarations at McGill

McGill’s commitment to sustainability reaches back several decades and spans scales from local to global. The sustainability declarations that we have signed affirm our role in helping to shape a future where people and the planet can flourish.  

Talloires Declaration (1990)

Composed in 1990 at an international conference in Talloires, France, this is the first official statement made by university administrators of a commitment to environmental sustainability in higher education. The Talloires Declaration (TD) is a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities. It has been signed by over 350 university presidents and chancellors in over 40 countries.

Halifax Declaration (1991)

From December, 9 through 11, 1991, the presidents and senior representatives of 33 universities from 10 countries on 5 continents met in Halifax, Canada to take stock of the role of universities regarding the environment and development. They were joined by a number of senior representatives from business, the banking community, governments, and non-governmental organizations. The meetings were sponsored by the International Association of Universities, the United Nations University, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and Dalhousie University, Canada, which also provided the detailed planning and secretariat support. The Halifax Declaration was released at the conclusion of the conference.

Universitas21 Sustainability Declaration (2009)

Universitas 21 is an international network of 23 leading research-intensive universities in fifteen countries. Collectively, its members enrol over 700,000 students, employ over 145,000 staff and have approaching 2.5 million alumni.  Their collective budgets amount to over US$13bn and they have an annual research grant income of over US$3bn.  The network's purpose is to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between the member universities and to create opportunities for them on a scale that none of them would be able to achieve operating independently or through traditional bilateral alliances.

Find the 2009 Sustainability Declaration here.

Ville de Montreal plan de developpement durable (2010)

McGill signed the first plan (2005-2009) and the second (2010-2015), committing to action that contributes to moving Montreal toward sustainability.

Details and documentation can be found here.

Declaration of the island of Montreal community in favour of biodiversity and greening (2010)

McGill signed on to the declaration in 2010. This acknowledged the importance of taking action on biodiversity at a local level.