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Sustainability Student Groups

Sustainability Student Groups

McGill has an extensive network of student and community groups working on all aspects of sustainability.

Use the list below, categorized by area of interest, to connect with a group on campus: 

This list was last updated in July 2022. If you have any questions about the groups on the list, or would like to have your group included, please email engagement.sustainability [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Sustainability%20Groups) or complete the McGill Student Sustainability Network form

Environmental Sustainability

Buy Your Own Bulk

Buy Your Own Bulk is a student run non-for-profit. We aim to provide affordable and nutritious food to the Macdonald Community.

Campus Crops

Campus Crops is a collective that works on urban agriculture initiatives to grow food on campus and provide students and community members with space and opportunities to learn. We seek to promote discussion around issues of food politics and food security. We run gardens behind the McGill School of Environment building and in front of the ECOLE building.

Environmental Residence Council

The ERC serves to promote conservation in McGill residences through both education and example.

Greenpeace McGill

Our mission is to work on local environmental issues, to promote broader Greenpeace campaigns, and to increase awareness of the intersectionality of environmental issues and wider questions of social justice and global peace. We are focusing on our online presence and building a virtual community and platform for individuals, groups and organizations with similar values.

McGill Outdoors Club

The McGill Outdoors Cub sponsors and encourages outdoor and recreational activities in the goal of fostering an appreciation for and protection of the environment. By running outdoor trips and renting gear at cost, we serve to promote the formation of an environmentally-minded outdoor community in Montreal. We hold our meetings on the Downtown Campus, and run trips mostly throughout Quebec and the Northeastern United States.

PGSS Environment Committee

The PGSS Environment Committee (PEC) works with PGSS members, staff and executives on campus environmental issues. This includes monitoring PGSS’ policies relating to environmental issues, ensuring representation on university environmental committees and groups, and planning educational events for that ensure interaction on environmental issues between the PGSS and greater Montreal community.

Plate Club

The Plate Club is SSMU's free dishware rental service. We provide free loans of plates, cups, bowls, wine glasses, cutlery, and more to groups and individuals in the McGill Community, with the goal of reducing the waste generated from events held on campus. In a typical semester, we prevent over 10 000 disposables from being thrown out!

SSMU Environment Committee

The SSMU Environment Committee provides support to students who want to get involved with sustainability on campus. The Committee facilitates coalition-building between green groups and students, promotes green events and initiatives to the campus community, and runs regular workshops to support students in their quest to develop sustainable lifestyles. McGill students can join our weekly meetings, which currently happen every Tuesday from 5:30pm-6:30pm.

Science Undergraduate Society Environment Committee (SUSEC)

The Science Undergraduate Society Environment Committee (SUSEC) is a group of undergraduate science students committed to promoting environmental awareness and improving the environmental standards and practices within McGill and the community at large. We strive to ensure that the SUS is committed to meeting its highest sustainability standards in all of its operations and events. Our largest event is the SUS’s Green Week. It is a student-run, multifaceted initiative including workshops, events and fundraisers aimed at promoting environmental awareness and sustainability. It is an opportunity for McGill students to attend various events and workshops focused on central issues pertaining to the effects of our actions on the environment.

McGill Student Sustainability Network (SSN)

The SSN, coordinated by the Office of Sustainability, brings together student groups that are involved in creating a culture of sustainability at McGill.

The SSN stays connected throughout the year through email and Facebook and meets approximately once per term to share information about sustainability-related opportunities for students on campus. Join the SSN Facebook Group

Complete the McGill Student Sustainability Network form to join and stay up to date with the SSN

For questions about the SSN, email: engagement.sustainability [at] mcgill.ca

Social Sustainability

Beyond Me

Beyond Me is a charitable, student-run McGill organization that provides single and group mentoring services for children and teenagers with special needs. We give youth and student volunteers the possibility to be paired and develop a rewarding relationship, in a fun and secure environment! We aim to engage youth and families, empower self-growth, encourage communication, enhance perception, and experience community.


HeForShe McGill is a student-run organization inspired by the UN Women Gender Equality Solidarity Movement. We are dedicated to promoting gender equality in all corners of society, starting with McGill and the greater Montreal community by spreading awareness. We provide a space where people of all genders can talk about gender equality.

Helping Hands McGill

We provide kits containing basic necessities, within reusable bags, to female patients at our CVIS clinic, Parc Ex CLSC, and the Native Women’s Shelter. We promote a culture of sustainability on campus through our Kit-Building Events, inviting our peers to join us in sourcing health and hygiene products in bulk to minimize packaging, and by using reusable bags.

Her Campus

Her Campus McGill is the McGill branch of an international women's magazine written by and for university women. Its goal is to encourage a healthy community of women who believe in themselves and each other. As such, Her Campus tackles a wide variety of subjects, such as current sociopolitical affairs, pop culture events, and academic studies. We are interested in dedicated and ambitious female students who share our passion for writing and for strong female communities. No prior professional experience writing is required.


The McGill Students’ Chapter is a student initiative of Jack.org, a national organization that helps defeat the stigma around mental health and promotes mental well-being. Bringing together passionate individuals from across McGill, we strive to help others find access to support, but to raise awareness about the growing reality of mental illness and its effects in our very own community.

McGill Collective for Gender Equity

McGill Collective for Gender Equity supports United Nations Women by engaging students through advocacy and fundraising. We raise awareness about gender based global issues such as violence against women and girls, empowerment programs, and more. We organize panel discussions, film showings, fundraisers, and discussion groups. We support UN Women in any capacity upon the request from headquarters.

McGill Nourish International

McGill Nourish is one chapter of a student-led movement that works to forward sustainable action and environmental justice both globally and within our communities in Montreal. We plan ventures to spread awareness and education as well as raise funds; we invest 100% of those profits into different projects that we believe in every year.

McGill Social Business Network

McGill Social Business Network promotes social innovation at McGill. We host events to provide students with access to social entrepreneurs, social intrapreneurs, social businesses, and CSR professionals. We offer consulting services for social businesses, nonprofits and social-impact related projects within corporations. We also run a social enterprise, Learning Is For Everyone, with the mission to reduce the high school drop-out rate in Montreal.

Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering (POWE)

POWE is a philanthropic group under EUS that aims to encourage women and feminine-identifying gender minorities to join engineering by presenting the many career opportunities within the field; enlighten everyone about the contributions of women in engineering; create a safe space where women and feminine-identifying gender minorities can socialize and seek support; and promote inclusion and diversity in engineering.

QueerMcGill (QM)

QM provides support to queer students through working groups, a library, distribution of resources (safer sex supplies, gender affirming products, sustainable menstrual products), a visible presence on campus, and sustainable social activities. QM also acts as a resource for information pertaining to queer people and queer issues.


Scientista aims to empower pre-professional women in STEM through resources, mentorship and online events. We host interdisciplinary speaker series, relaxation activities and workshops. By promoting equity and accessibility to resources and opportunities, we aim to foster a culture of inclusivity and sustainability.

Students in Mind (SiM)

Students in Mind (SiM) is an annual mental health conference at McGill University organized by students, for students. Along with our annual conference, we host panels, wellness events, and more in order to foster a mentally healthy and socially sustainable community on campus.

    Science Undergraduate Society Social Sustainability

    We are responsible for enforcing inclusivity, promoting cultural diversity, and giving underrepresented groups a voice. This committee creates events, raises awareness about social injustice, and supports equity in the science community. We have held a Disparities in Health Care webinar and a fundraiser for Welcome Collective, a Montreal-based organization that supports refugee-claimant families.

    Walking Birds

    The Walking Birds promotes physical activity and sustainability across McGill with their mascot Sam the Martlet. They use strategic, evidence-based messaging and other health promotion strategies to encourage people to get moving and stay active in order to shift away from facilitated transport and sedentary lifestyle habits.

    Women in Tech (WIT)

    Women in Tech is a student-run club at McGill University that aims to encourage more women to reach out for jobs in the tech industry. Whether it be through networking events, coding workshops, or company tours, we want to provide all women of varying backgrounds with opportunities and skills to be able to excel in the tech world.

    Economic Sustainability

    Desautels Sustainability Network

    The Desautels Sustainability Network (DSN) seeks to promote sustainable business on-campus, and help students envision sustainability as an opportunity. Our missions are to increase Desautels' presence within McGill's sustainability community, to build a strong local community of sustainable businesses, to make sustainability relevant to everyone, and to promote sustainability throughout Desautels.

    Divest McGill

    Divest McGill is an environmental justice campaign calling on McGill University to acknowledge and address the urgency of the climate crisis by divesting from the fossil fuel industry. Divest typically meets at ECOLE once a week and operates primarily on Downtown Campus.



    ECOLE is a model of urban sustainable living and a physical hub for the McGill and Montreal sustainability communities. Our mandate, as defined in our constitution, is to “bring together McGill students, faculty and staff and Montreal community members in the pursuit of sustainable living by means of applied student research, alternative education, and community building.”

    Green Labs Initiative

    The GLI at McGill promotes and supports environmental sustainability in research labs (wet labs and dry labs) across campus.

    Research and Sustainability Network

    The Research and Sustainability Network (RSN) seeks to inform and empower students at McGill, bridging the gap between researchers in sustainability and undergraduates interested in research. Through recurring conferences, speaker series, and networking events, we aim to connect like-minded individuals within a cross-faculty network, facilitating collaboration and increasing accessibility to undergraduate research positions.


    The Flat

    The Flat is a collective that works to encourage cycling through the sharing of knowledge and tools. We have everything you need to learn how to fix your bike. All persons and bikes welcome - no experience necessary! We seek to make bicycling more accessible, provide a welcoming environment, minimize our environmental impact, and promote a sense of community.

    International Development Studies Students Association (IDSS)

    The International Development Studies Students Association represents all McGill students in the IDS program and to provide activities and services to enhance the educational, cultural, environmental and social conditions of its members under the principles of sustainability, accessibility, and equity.

    Junior Peacemakers

    Junior Peacemakers is a branch of IRSAM that aims to nurture values of global citizenship and to foster youth activism. Within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, we offer a 6-week program to primary students in Montreal (and remotely in other North American cities), covering topics such as conflict resolution, discrimination, the climate crisis, equality and youth activism.

    McGill Bee Club

    The McGill Bee Club maintains a small apiary on the Macdonald campus. We focus on educating students in responsible beekeeping practices. We strive to improve students' understandings of the relationship between pollinators (managed and wild) and agricultural systems. We try to prevent the "bee-washing" of pollinator health initiatives through education about other pollinators.

    McGill Energy Association

    The McGill Energy Association strives to educate the McGill community about the global energy challenge. We invite a variety of speakers, such as energy investment bankers, the former CEO of Hydro Quebec and the current Deputy Minister of Energy in Alberta, to share their unique perspectives. We also host an annual industry tour of the Hydro Quebec facilities in downtown Montreal.

    McGill Permaculture Club

    The McGill Permaculture Club is for students who are curious and/or passionate about permaculture. Our objective is to increase awareness of permaculture, and to grow students’ appreciation of its benefits. We engage with the Macdonald Permaculture Showcase Garden and the Permaculture Food Forest. Club activities include workshops, farm visits, discussion groups, movie screenings, hands-on farm work, and more! We also offer internship opportunities in the garden to earn McGill credit(s).

    Sustainability in Engineering At McGill (SEAM)

    SEAM, Sustainability in Engineering at McGill, is a committee within the Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS). We as a committee serve as a supporting platform, fostering and promoting a culture of sustainability within the Faculty of Engineering at McGill. We do this through four main efforts: events, projects, consulting work and by compiling and providing resources.

    World University Service of Canada (WUSC)

    WUSC is a non-profit international development organization that works to improve education, employment, and empowerment opportunities for youth around the world. Through the Student Refugee Program (SRP), WUSC delivers a unique youth-to-youth refugee settlement program that combines sponsorship with post-secondary education and puts Canadian institutions and students at the heart of the funding and support structure.


    Global Food Security Club

    The McGill Global Food Security Club (GFS) raises awareness on food security issues. The GFS club supports, shares information, and collaborates to develop a network between campuses, universities, NGOs and the general public. We do this through events, fundraisers, forums on Hidden Food Insecurity, initiatives like food collection/drives and an exhibition to break the stigma related to homelessness.

    Macdonald Student-run Ecological Gardens (MSEG)

    The Macdonald Student-run Ecological Gardens (MSEG) is a student-farm at Mac campus that provides fresh and local community-supported vegetable baskets to registered members and sells at farmer's markets. We also educate consumers on the realities of food production by offering guided tours of the farm and participating in sustainability talks. The McGill community can support us by promoting or registering for our baskets and volunteering to work with us on the fields during our production period (May to October)

    Midnight Kitchen

    Midnight Kitchen is a non-profit, worker and volunteer-run collective that operates out of Tio’tia:ke dedicated to providing accessible food to as many people as possible. We aim to provide an alternative to current capitalist, profit-driven systems of food production and distribution. We provide education on social, environmental, and food (in)justice issues, creating space for exchanging ideas within the community. MK hosts popular education workshops on various topics which are always catered with a vegan, nut-free meal.

    Student Club for Animal Liberation and Ethics (SCALE)

    McGill Student Club for Animal Liberation and Ethics, formerly known as the Herbivore Society for Peace and Justice, is a non-hierarchical activist group that focuses on the moral and ethical benefits of abstaining from animal products. We work to raise awareness inside and outside of the McGill community about the mistreatment of animals, and educate about the ethical and individual benefits of abstaining from animal products. We provide opportunities for vegans, and those curious about veganism, to exchange information about the ethical framework of veganism.


    SNAC aims to make sustainable nutrition more accessible to the McGill Community. We have 3 main initiatives: nutrition workshops, the Good Food Box, and an urban food sustainability conference. These projects focus on preventing food waste, increasing nutrition knowledge, and spreading awareness of food sustainability initiatives in Montreal.



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