The LEEDing change project aims to update building standards at McGill by reviewing existing practices and institutionalizing cultural change with key stakeholders so that building to green building standards becomes ‘business as usual’ instead of additional, optional work.
This project makes use of resources from the SPF to purchase battery-operated equipment for the McGill Grounds Department, replacing the current gas-powered maintenance equipment, such as leaf blowers. Along with a reduction in air and noise pollution, the new equipment will be safer for the employees, who have responded enthusiastically to the change.
The 'Reducing Lab Chemical Waste' project takes an interdisciplinary (managerial, chemical and educational) approach to minimize the total output of chemical waste produced by the McGill Chemistry Department. Two students in separate labs will monitor the waste output of their work and extrapolate data to develop a model for waste segregation that can be applied to other labs in the future.