McGill’s commitment to sustainability reaches back several decades and spans scales from local to global. The sustainability declarations that we have signed affirm our role in helping to shape a future where people and the planet can flourish.
Talloires Declaration (1990)
Composed in 1990 at an international conference in Talloires, France, this is the first official statement made by university administrators of a commitment to environmental sustainability in higher education. The Talloires Declaration (TD) is a ten-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities. It has been signed by over 350 university presidents and chancellors in over 40 countries.
Find the 1990 Talloires Declaration here.
Halifax Declaration (1991)
From December, 9 through 11, 1991, the presidents and senior representatives of 33 universities from 10 countries on 5 continents met in Halifax, Canada to take stock of the role of universities regarding the environment and development. They were joined by a number of senior representatives from business, the banking community, governments, and non-governmental organizations. The meetings were sponsored by the International Association of Universities, the United Nations University, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, and Dalhousie University, Canada, which also provided the detailed planning and secretariat support. The Halifax Declaration was released at the conclusion of the conference.
Find the 1991 Halifax Declaration here.
Ville de Montreal plan de développement durable (2010)
McGill signed the first plan (2005-2009) and the second (2010-2015), committing to action that contributes to moving Montreal toward sustainability.
Details and documentation can be found here.
Declaration of the island of Montreal community in favour of biodiversity and greening (2010)
McGill signed on to the declaration in 2010. This acknowledged the importance of taking action on biodiversity at a local level.
U7+ Presidential Declaration (2019)
The U7+ brings together universities from G7 countries and beyond, who are committed to academic freedom and scholarly values and convinced of the key role of universities as global actors, to engage in discussions leading to concrete action to address pressing global challenges.
The U7+ Presidential Declaration consists of six Principles which establish a framework for universities’ action in today’s global landscape. Of the six, Principle 3 specifically addresses the role universities play "in addressing the environmental issues and challenges to sustainability such as climate change, biodiversity and energy transition," emphasizing the need to "[lead] by example on our own campuses."
The Declaration can be found here.
Investing to Address Climate Change: A Charter for Canadian Universities (2020)
A group of 15 leading universities across Canada, led by McGill University and the University of Toronto, are uniting to tackle the global challenge of climate change by pledging to follow responsible investment practices.