McGill student Jonathan Glencross recognized for environmental achievement by Earth Day Canada


McGill University student, Jonathan Glencross is recognized by Earth Day Canada for environmental achievement - Student establishes Sustainable Projects Fund and more

Toronto, ON – June 6, 2011 
Earth Day Canada in partnership with Cascades Inc., RBC Foundation and Mill Street Brewery is pleased to announce Canada’s 2011 Individual Hometown Heroes Award winner, Jonathan Glencross. He will be honoured at Earth Day Canada’s annual Gala in the evening of June 8 in Toronto at the Drake Hotel in front of 500 business and environmental leaders.

“Jonathan is an environmental leader who has shown commitment and achieved results in his community,” says Jed Goldberg, president of Earth Day Canada. “He is an unsung hero of the environmental movement in Canada and works tirelessly for a cause that every household in Canada is concerned about.”

Jonathan’s significant contribution at McGill University was the coordination of the Sustainable McGill Project. This project makes university culture, curriculum and operations more sustainable through cyclic assessment, short and long-term goal setting and community engagement. Jonathan is the co-founder of the McGill Food Systems Project which works to create a campus community-wide sustainable food system.

Another of Jonathan’s impressive accomplishments is the creation of the Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) which, valued at $2.5 million is accessible to the entire campus community and is based on the contributions from McGill students being matched by the university administration.

The SPF facilitates the planning, financing and implementation of projects that promote the principles of sustainability. The largest fund of its kinds, the SPF is self-reproducing and has already financed over 45 projects to give back to the campus community in a lasting way.
Earth Day Canada has long recognized that the most important environmental work happens at the community level and Jonathan’s contributions to the McGill community are evidence of that fact. Jonathan will join the ranks of the passionate and hardworking Hometown Hero winners from years past.

Canada’s 2011 individual environmental hero receives a cash-prize of $10,000 ($5,000 to keep and $5,000 to donate to the environmental cause of their choice). The Hometown Heroes Award program was established in 2004 by Earth Day Canada to recognize and celebrate environmental leaders who have fostered meaningful, long–term community awareness and action, recognizes and encourages environmental leadership and achievement in local communities. For more information on the Hometown Heroes program, please visit

About Earth Day Canada

Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity founded in 1990, provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they need to lessen their impact on the environment. In 2004 it was recognized as the top environmental education organization in North America, for its innovative year-round programs and educational resources, by the Washington-based North American Association for Environmental Education, the world's largest association of environmental educators. In 2008 it was chosen as Canada’s “Outstanding Non-profit Organization” by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. EDC regularly partners with thousands of organizations in all parts of Canada.


Contact Information

Keith Teffry
Communications Director, Earth Day Canada
keith [at]
Office Phone: 
416.599.1991 ext. 107