In addition to two long-term targets, the Climate & Sustainability Action Plan (2017-2020) consists of 22 priority actions organized within five categories. The 22 priority actions are separated into two spheres: climate and sustainability.
- Enhance the visibility of sustainability research at McGill
- Raise awareness about sustainable management of research projects
- Institutionalize McGill’s sustainable labs practices
- Create a hub of expertise and centre of excellence in sustainability systems
- Address GHG emissions from air travel
- Increase access to extra-curricular opportunities in sustainability for undergraduate students.
- Assess students’ knowledge of sustainability.
- Improve sustainability content in McGill orientation events.
- Create educational opportunities around carbon neutrality.
- Address GHG emissions from commuting activities
- Engage and connect McGill staff members through sustainability-related programs and activities
- Assess and improve physical accessibility on campus
- Raise awareness of Indigenous issues and climate change on campus
- Increase Indigenous symbolism on McGill’s campuses
- Address GHG emissions from McGill’s fleet of vehicles
- Optimize the environmental performance of McGill’s buildings
- Develop a Waste Reduction and Diversion Strategy
- Develop and adopt McGill’s first Licensee Code of Conduct
Governance & Administration
- Increase McGill’s internal capacity on climate action
- Facilitate and support planning of sustainable events across campus
- Encourage employees to adopt and promote sustainable behaviours
- Provide sustainability information to people in governance roles
To learn about the deliverables for each of these priority actions, please read the Climate & Sustainability Action Plan.
The implementation of the Climate & Sustainability Action Plan relies on a few key elements, such as community engagement, effective communication, unit-level action plans and the Sustainability Projects Fund. Progress will be monitored on an ongoing basis. Two progress reports will be published – one at the mid-point (at the end of 2018), and one at the end of implementation (in 2020). Sustainability key performance indicators will also be provided for the Board of Governors.