11th Annual Catalyst Awards Nomination

About the Awards

The Catalyst Awards for Sustainability, held each spring, recognizes students, staff, and faculty who have made meaningful and enduring contributions to sustainability at McGill University.

Above all, the winners of the Catalyst Awards for Sustainability embody McGill’s definition of sustainability. We adhere to the definition of sustainability set forward in the Brundtland Report (1987) where sustainable development “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Since this influential beginning, the concept of sustainability now recognizes the interconnections between the environmental, social, and economic dimensions, also referred to as the three pillars of sustainability.

We encourage members of our community to think beyond “green,” and look to the community members who made McGill a better place to work and study over the past year.


Emerald Key Award

The Emerald Key goes to a student who has made significant and lasting contributions in creating a culture of sustainability at McGill.

The Catalyst Awards Review Committee will evaluate nominees based on their important and tangible contributions to sustainability at McGill. The nominee will also be evaluated based on how their actions align with McGill’s definition of sustainability, which adheres to the definition of sustainability set forward in the Brundtland Report (1987) where sustainable development “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Since this influential beginning, the concept of sustainability now recognizes the interconnections between the environmental, social, and economic dimensions, also referred to as the three pillars of sustainability.

 

Faculty & Staff Award

The Faculty & Staff Award recognizes an individual who has inspired real change on the University campuses, thus contributing to create a culture of sustainability at McGill.

The Catalyst Awards Review Committee will evaluate nominees based on their important and tangible contribution to sustainability at McGill. The nominee will also be evaluated based on how their actions align with McGill’s definition of sustainability, which adheres to the definition of sustainability set forward in the Brundtland Report (1987) where sustainable development “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Since this influential beginning, the concept of sustainability now recognizes the interconnections between the environmental, social, and economic dimensions, also referred to as the three pillars of sustainability.

Group Initiative Award

The Group Initiative Award recognizes projects that collaborative foster social and environmental sustainability at McGill, thus embodying the University’s definition of sustainability, which is “Working together toward a shared vision for a flourishing future in a manner that integrates social, economic, and environmental dimensions.”

 

The Catalyst Awards Review Committee will evaluate nominees based on the level of ambition and the main impacts of the initiative, the long-term sustainability of the initiative, and how the initiative contributed to sustainability at McGill. Both student and staff/faculty groups are eligible for this award. Nominations for this award must focus on activities undertake since October 2019.

 


Nominations for the 11th Annual Catalyst Awards for Sustainability are now closed


Eligibility & Guidelines

  • Nominations are accepted for activities undertaken while nominee(s) were active at McGill as a student, staff, or faculty member;
  • Nominations for the Group Initiative Award must focus on activities undertaken since October 2019;
  • Nominations are accepted from all members of the McGill community;
  • Only information included in the nomination form below will be used by the Catalyst Awards Review Committee to select recipients for the 2021 Catalyst Awards;
  • Self-nominations are accepted and especially encouraged from individuals from typically marginalized communities; and
  • Submissions are accepted in English and French.

 

 

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