Since the adoption of McGill’s first Environmental Policy in 2001, McGill’s culture of sustainability has flourished and is reflected in several University-wide plans and policies that guide the way the McGill community works and studies, in harmony with the McGill University Climate & Sustainability Strategy.
Sustainability Policy (2018)
A Sustainability Policy was drafted by a working group of students, staff, academics, and administrators at McGill and approved by Senate on April 28, 2010, and by the Board of Governors May 25, 2010.
It was updated in 2018 to better reflect our current challenges and incorporate many of the principles included in the now -defunct Environmental Policy (2001).
This policy informs the actions outlined in the McGill University Climate & Sustainability Strategy.
Procurement Policy (2018)
The purpose of the Procurement Policy is to establish a mandatory, unambiguous model for procurement activities conducted at the University, including the incorporation of “the right balance of environment, society and economy considerations in each procurement activity.”
The Procurement Policy serves as a basic framework to ensure transparency and impartiality in procurement activities, while adhering to the legal and regulatory context within which the University must operate. It favours the development of a normalized process, allowing for the dynamic evolution of systems and resources in alignment with stakeholder needs and against which to survey procurement trends and performance in key areas of interest.
Related documents include:
Employment Equity Policy (2007)
Employment equity is a commitment to equal treatment and fairness in the workplace. It strives to ensure that no one is denied an opportunity for employment or advancement for reasons unrelated to their abilities.
At McGill, we wholeheartedly embrace these principles, and throughout the years we have made major strides in our human resource policies, programs and practices as they apply to diverse groups within McGill.
- New Vic Academic Plan
- Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan 2020-2025
- Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism 2020-2025
- Waste Reduction & Diversion Strategy 2018-2025
- McGill University Strategic Academic Plan 2017-2022
- Energy Management Plan 2016-2021
- McGill University Strategic Research Plan
- Campus Master Plan
- Implementation Plan Related to the CAMSR Report Recommendations
The New Vic Project will be a catalyst for rethinking and reimagining the university model for the 21st century — dissolving boundaries between disciplines, communities and institutions, as McGill focuses on shared goals benefiting all of humanity. Building from the Royal Vic’s original vocation as a place of healing, anchored in our shared values of service to the community, the New Vic will help pave the way towards a better future for Montrealers, Quebecers, Canadians and the entire world. The New Vic will centre on two academic pillars: sustainable solutions and public policy.
McGill’s first Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan was endorsed by the Senate Board of Governors in April 2020. This Plan will ensure that EDI considerations are accounted for in all core University activities, and sets out a range of objectives and measures that McGill will undertake over five years. These measures seek to enhance the diversity and representativeness of our university community while ensuring equitable opportunities and sense of inclusion and belonging for all.
The Action Plan seeks to initiate a process of acknowledgment of McGill University’s historic connections to the transatlantic slave trade and its enduring legacies.
The Waste Reduction & Diversion Strategy, led by the Buildings & Grounds team, aims to improve multiple facets of our waste system. The Strategy draws information and insights from meetings with students and employees, best practice guides, and government standards, among other sources. The Strategy has set out a few priority areas with the goal to harmonize existing waste processes, raise awareness of sustainable waste management, improving logistics, and setting an institutional example.
The key ideas underlying the development of McGill University’s Strategic Academic Plan are found in Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier’s vision of a university that is open, connected, and purposeful. The plan emphasizes the importance of sustainability, reading, “No university can lead globally in the 21st century without putting sustainability at the centre of its operations, research, and teaching.”
The McGill Energy Management Plan, from the Utilities and Energy Management unit, focuses on the transition of buildings from static energy consumers to dynamic smart grids and paves the way to a carbon-neutral energy transition. Expected impacts include a 22% reduction in energy use intensity below the provincial government-defined 2012-2013 baseline as well as a 64% reduction in building-related greenhouse gas emissions below the 1990 levels.
The Strategic Research Plan (SRP) expresses McGill’s commitments to fostering creativity; promoting innovation; problem solving through collaboration and partnership; promoting equity, diversity and inclusion; and serving society through seven identified Thematic Areas of Research Excellence, which includes “Designing and creating sustainable materials, technologies, landscapes, and communities.”
Developed by Campus Planning and Development Office, the Campus Master Plan is a comprehensive planning document to guide the evolution the University’s downtown and Macdonald campuses over the next 20 years. This Master Plan is a living document that articulates a vision for increasing the quality of teaching, learning, research and student life—all while adhering to principles of sustainable growth, sound financial management, and responsible stewardship of heritage buildings.
Following the McGill Board of Governor’s approval of the Committee to Advise on Matters of Social Responsibility (CAMSR) Report in 2019, the Implementation Plan presents the eight recommendations and proposes an implementation approach for the Board’s consideration.