Higher education and research institutions have a key responsibility to support communities as they transition toward sustainable development. That’s why McGill University is committed to ensuring that sustainability informs all aspects of the 2017 Acfas Congress—from respecting the environment and encouraging sustainable economic development, to promoting diversity, inclusion and the free exchange of ideas for all participants and stakeholders.
From the initial planning stage through to every aspect of operations, the Congress will follow Vision 2020, the Sustainable Development Strategy of McGill University. Vision 2020 consolidates, coordinates and centralizes existing initiatives, such as the Procurement Strategy (2013), the McGill Strategic Research Plan (2012-2013), the Sustainability Policy (2010), as well as the Environmental Policy (2001) and the Paper Use Policy (2005). In fact, since the early 1990s, McGill has endeavoured to integrate the highest sustainability principles into its operations and activities. The Acfas Congress steering committee draws upon on the wealth of experience, past and present, of McGill’s large, dedicated network of students, researchers, administrators, and internal and external providers.
The McGill Sustainability Office is committed to supporting the Congress partners and stakeholders, particularly the Acfas team and delegates, in their pursuit of sustainable practices. There are several tools available to you, including the Office’s Guide for Sustainable Events at McGill, the criteria of the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) and the Environment Canada’s Green Meetings Guide.
- Stratégie de développement durable de l’Université McGill – Vision 2020 (french)
- Procurement Policy
- Strategic Research Plan
- Environmental Policy (2001), Paper Use Policy (2005) Sustainability Policy (web site)
- Environmental Policy (document)
- Sustainability Policy (document)
- Paper Use Policy (document)