Thursday, April 22nd marks Earth Day 2021! Celebrated for the first time on April 22, 1970 - Today, more than a billion people in 193 countries now participate in Earth Day activities each year. Over the years, Earth Day has become the world’s largest environmental movement. Take a bit a time in April to celebrate Earth Day and find ways that you can further support Sustainability at McGill and in your daily life.
The Sustainable Workplace Certification program challenges the McGill community to foster healthier, environmentally-friendly, connected workplaces through individual and collective practices.
The program targets areas such as:
- Choosing more environmentally-friendly and socially responsible supplies
- Proper waste management
- Promoting health and wellbeing
- Learning more about how to make spaces more accessible to everyone
Since the program’s creation in 2017, more than 35 teams—including more than 600 individuals—have gone through the certification process. The checklist actions have been updated to apply both while working remotely and at McGill. Click here for more information about McGill’s Sustainable Workplace Certification and check out the list of actions for Bronze Certification – simple, yet impactful actions that can start us on our path to supporting sustainability at McGill.
McGill is entering a new and exciting chapter of sustainability on campus. From research to operations, sustainable solutions for local and global challenges are being innovated at all levels of our University. At the centre of these initiatives, guiding the way, is the McGill University Climate & Sustainability Strategy 2020-2025.
This Strategy commits McGill to three ambitious, yet realistic long-term targets; attaining a Platinum sustainability rating by 2030, becoming zero-waste by 2035, and achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. It is our responsibility as members of the global community that we do what we can to achieve these goals to reduce our impact on climate change and contribute positively to the sustainability of the planet.
Everyone at McGill has a role to play. From changing a personal habit to leading a large-scale project, we can all take part in addressing the urgency of climate change and contributing to a more sustainable future. Check out the McGill University Climate & Sustainability Strategy 2020-2025 today!
Stay Healthy and Happy Earth Day!