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

Whether organizing campus initatives, planning events or overseeing integration of sustainable activites in the University, these committees, groups and departments are intergral to a sustainable McGill. View the list to learn more about some of the groups on campus and how to get involved. You can also check out current SPF projects to learn about some of the exciting sustainability work underway.

This list was last updated in November 2019. 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) .

 

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.

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We have a Facebook group where we post events and information about how to get involved. We normally have a routine during the summer months to water/weed/trim and tend to the gardens

campuscrops [at] gmail.com (Email)

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Desautels Sustainability Network (DSN)

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.

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DSN operates mainly in the Downtown campus. We are looking for communicate more with all sustainability initiatives/organizations. Specifically, sustainable business oriented organizations.

maxime [at] mcgilldsn.ca (Email (1)) martin [at] mcgilldsn.ca ((2))

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ECOLE

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.”

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We welcome members of the McGill and Milton Parc communities to our collective. Our collective meetings take place regularly throughout the year to provide a space for the members to meet, exchange ideas, and learn more about the various initiatives by the project. ECOLE also has a group of ten students living in the building (the “facilitators”), a board of directors made up of students, staff, faculty, community members, and two coordinators who handle administrative, legal, and financial matters. These roles can be filled by collective members who wish to get more involved with ECOLE. Please email ecole.facilitators [at] gmail.com, and we will get you in touch with our event planning, communications or applied student research committees! Please also check our Facebook page for collective meetings, we love collective input.

ecole.facilitators [at] gmail.com (Email (ECOLE Facilitators))

ecoleproject [at] gmail.com (Email (ECOLE Coordinators and Board))

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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.

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We welcome all members of the McGill and Montreal communities who are interested in fixing or learning to fix their bikes. We are located near Downtown campus.

theflat.bikecollective [at] gmail.com (Email)

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Global Food Security

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.

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This interdisciplinary club is based on MacDonald Campus, but is open to students in all majors both undergrads and graduate students. Students can get involved as a general member by sharing knowledge, helping spread awareness on Food Insecurity and initiatives to fight it, and by participating in our organized events/activities. Students who are passionate in becoming a core member of this team (primarily MAC based) can help establish collaborations with key organizations and groups involved in the issue, organize events and lead local and/or international projects of interest.

mcgillgfsclub [at] gmail.com (Email)

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The Herbivore Society

The Herbivore Society raises awareness about the mistreatment of animals and educate about the many benefits of abstaining from or reducing one’s consumption of animal products. Open to vegans, vegetarians, and curious meat eaters to share about sustainable veganism. As the only vegan club on McGill’s campus we commit to working through an anti-oppressive, anti-colonial, inclusive, and intersectional framework.

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We hold biweekly general meetings at the Downtown Campus that are open to the whole community to inform our members about events or initiatives taking place. We also promote our activities on our facebook page.

mcgill.herbivores [at] ssmu.ca (Email)

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International Development Studies Students Association (IDSSA)

We are the International Development Studies Students Association, dedicated to represent 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.

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We promote numerous academic and entertainment events that are sustainable and accessible to all students on campus, especially those majoring, minoring, or honoring in IDS. We invite many professors and faculty members involved in sustainability work to hold panel discussions and workshops for McGill students to gain more insight into sustainable development.

logisticsevents.idssamcgill [at] gmail.com (Email)

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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.

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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)

macdonaldstudentgarden [at] gmail.com (Email)

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McGill Apiculture Association (MAA)

The McGill Apiculture Association (MAA) 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.

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We operate on the Macdonald campus. Interested students should send their name/contact info to maa.beeclub [at] gmail.com to be added to our mailing list (where we advertise events) and the Facebook group for current members (where we post about visits to the hives / more structured events / other club-related opportunities), look for our announcements in the MCSS Mouthpiece, and like the Facebook page.

maa.beeclub [at] gmail.com (Email)

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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.

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We look for students to get involved by coming to our events and by applying to be on the executive team. Staff and faculty members could get involved by participating as speakers as well as supporting the club through attending our events. Our club operates mainly on Downtown Campus.

mcgill.energy [at] gmail.com ">Email

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McGill Nourish

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.

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Students can check out our Facebook page, come to our events, or join our meetings by messaging the Facebook page for location/time.

mcgill [at] nourish.org (Email)

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McGill Outdoor Club

The McGill Outdoor 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.

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The best way to get involved with the MOC is through our listerv. Sign up on our website! All are welcome, whether or not you are a student. We hold our meetings on the Downtown Campus, and run trips mostly throughout Quebec and the Northeastern United States.

info [at] McGillOutdoorsClub.ca (Email)

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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!

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The McGill Permaculture club mainly operates at Mac campus, but some events take place downtown. In any case, all are welcome to join our events, gardening sessions, weekly execs meetings (check out our Facebook page to know the date and place) or even volunteer during the summer! We also offer internship opportunities in the garden to earn McGill credit(s). Please contact us if you want to join our exec team!

mcgillpermacultureclub [at] gmail.com (Email)

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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.

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MK's main programming takes place Downtown. During the SSMU building closure we are not taking volunteers for kitchen shifts, but we will be seeking volunteer help for setting up, maintaining, and taking down our garden this season. This involves planting, weeding, tending to, and harvesting various plants. MK offers a weekly vegan meal pick up service, and bi-weekly food bank, both of which one can sign up for on our website. Finally, MK hosts popular education workshops on various topics which are always catered with a vegan, nut-free meal. Check out our programming on our website or facebook page!

midnightkitchencollective [at] gmail.com (Email)

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MyVision

MyVision 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.

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We operate mainly on the Downtown campus. We look for students to become members of MV, attend our events, and work for our team. We also seek the advice of faculty members in advising MyVision on its consulting projects.

myvision.mcgill [at] gmail.com (Email)

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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.

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Any graduate students at McGill (downtown and/or Mcdonald campus), regardless of discipline and field of study, are welcome to join the committee and participate in our events, workshops, and advocacy for environmental issues.

environment.pgss [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Email)

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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!

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The Plate Club is completely volunteer run! Student volunteers staff office hours which are held every weekday in the SSMU building on the downtown campus. We mainly recruit new volunteers at the beginning of the semester, but if you are interested in joining us, don't hesitate to email anytime.

theplateclub [at] gmail.com (Email)

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Research and Sustainability Network (RSN)

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.

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RSN hosts events for undergrads at the Downtown Campus. Our events will be publicized on our social media platforms – follow us to stay up to date!

rsnetwork.mcgill [at] gmail.com (Email)

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SNAC

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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Students, staff and faculty members are all welcome and encouraged to purchase a Good Food Box (GFB), this is a great way to save money on groceries and at the same time prevent food waste!
Volunteers who are interested in helping us at our GFB pick-ups can fill out our volunteer interest form on our website.

snac.mcgill [at] gmail.com (Email)

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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.

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McGill students can join our weekly meetings, which currently happen every Tuesday from 5:30pm-6:30pm in SH688 Rm. 495. We also host a number of sustainability workshops, conferences, and events throughout the year, which are advertised through the SSMU Environment Committee listserv and Facebook page.

sustainability [at] ssmu.ca (Email)

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Students for UN Women


McGill Students for UN Women 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.

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We are looking for McGill Students who are determined to make a difference on their local community and passionate about the fight for sustainable gender equality in all aspects of their daily lives.

unwomencanadamcgill [at] gmail.com (Email)

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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.

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We are always looking for members to join our team to help contribute towards our initiatives. SEAM operates on the Downtown Campus.

seam.chair [at] mcgilleus.ca (Email)

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