FMT students begin the planting of 200 trees on the Macdonald Campus to celebrate McGill's bicentennary. Photo by Caitlin MacDougall.
The Sustainability of Operations at Macdonald Campus Task Force, established by Dean Anja Geitmann in November 2019, is dedicated to raising awareness of current and future sustainability initiatives at Macdonald Campus, and to allow for transparency as Macdonald Campus sets, and achieves, various goals in the years to come.
The task force is comprised of employees and student groups from various parts of the campus, whose goal is to establish new initiatives that are both sustainable and meaningful to its community members.
In 2020, the task force surveyed the Mac Campus community to get a sense of the issues that were pertinent to their colleagues and evaluate their knowledge of existing sustainability initiatives. The results revealed common themes including banning single-use items, diversifying the green space, and ‘greening’ the campus infrastructure.
We thank those who participated for their valuable input, and hope to embark on many new and exciting sustainability projects with active participation from the Mac community.
- Mission Statement
- Current sustainability initiatives at Macdonald Campus
- Ongoing and future initiatives
- Contact us
To provide awareness of, support to, and implementation of sustainability initiatives at Macdonald Campus.
Learn more about McGill's Climate and Sustainability Action Plan (2020-2025)
Current sustainability initiatives at Macdonald Campus
Find out more about current sustainability initiatives at Macdonald Campus and how to get involved:
McGill Gold Seal of Sustainability for Food for Thought Public Lecture Series
Ongoing and Future Initiatives
Subcommittees and initiatives:
- Natural and Built Environment. Subgroup Chair: Lindsay Flood
- Bicentennial Tree Planting Initiative: plant 200 trees in honour of the McGill Bicentennial (Fall 2020-Fall 2021) (Project leads: Lindsay Flood, Franco Nardi, David Wees)
- Waste Management. Subgroup Chair: Eby Noroozi
- Food Systems. Subgroup Chair: Ainsley Merk
- Education, Communication, and Outreach. Subcommittee Chair: Lindsay Flood
For general inquiries, please contact sustainability.mac [at] mcgill.ca.
- Professor Cynthia Kallenbach, Assistant Professor in Department of Natural Resource Sciences (Chair of Task Force; Chair of Education and Communication Subgroup)
- Professor Jan Adamowski, Bioresource Engineering (Co-Chair of Task Force)
- lindsay.flood [at] mcgill.ca (Lindsay Flood) (Chair of Natural and Built Environment Subgroup)
- Eby Noorzi, Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry (Chair of Waste Management Subgroup)
- ainsley.merk [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Ainsley Merk), (Chair of Food Systems Subgroup)
- McGill Office of Sustainability
Mac Sustainability in the News
The 2020 Sustainability of Operations Award winner is the Ecological Improvement of Dairy Cow Pastures at Macdonald Campus Project. This project has created a sustainable pasture system at Macdonald Campus Farm which features a rotational grazing system for cattle, the addition of approximately 700 trees, the installation of water lines for access to fresh water, and the purchase of a mobile shade umbrella to protect cattle from the sun.
Macdonald Campus: Working together toward a sustainable future. Tree-planting project is first initiative of Mac working group. The working group, with support from McGill’s Sustainability Projects Fund, recently received a green light on its first project proposal: a tree planting initiative, the first stage of which took place in October 2020. Volunteers – including faculty, staff and students from McGill’s Farm Management & Technology Program – planted 20 trees between the S-Road and Eco-Residences at Macdonald Campus. Subsequent phases will see 80 more trees planted next spring, and 100 more in fall 2021.
Plantation d’arbres en accéléré au campus Macdonald de McGill. « La plantation d’arbres sur le campus Macdonald, on en fait depuis des décennies. Mais on s’est engagé à en faire beaucoup plus au cours des prochaines cinq années dans un objectif de développement durable. On veut, entre autres, essayer de diminuer les gaz à effet de serre (GES) », indique le directeur associé du programme de gestion et de technologies agricoles, David Wees.