Sustainability Projects Fund Working Group

 



SPF Working Group 2016-2017

The mandate of the Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) Working Group (WG) is to independently ensure the optimal achievement of the SPF mandate. The SPF WG members do so by deliberating constructively based on the SPF Evaluation Criteria and by taking consensus-based decisions on 1) the funding of prospective and ongoing SPF projects as well as on 2) the Governance & Administration (G&A) of the SPF. Decisions and feedback of the WG are provided to prospective and ongoing SPF project teams through official Feedback Letters.

Expressing the collaboration between students and the administration under the SPF, the WG is a parity committee of four students and four staff members. The WG members are selected through a comprehensive process and based on their level of engagement within McGill University, their understanding of sustainability as a whole and within the McGill community, the complementarity of their expertise in relation to the other WG members, and their commitment to respecting the SPF WG Terms of Reference. The WG members usually meet once a month. The WG is chaired by the Director of the McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS),  who serves as a non-voting facilitator. The SPF Steward oversees the WG, co-facilitates the WG meetings as a non-voting member, and acts as a liaison with project teams. Please do not hesitate to contact the krista.houser [at] mcgill.ca (SPF Steward) for any questions about the SPF WG.

For more information please see the SPF Working Group Terms of Reference.pdf 

 

Current members of the Sustainability Projects Fund Working Group:


Alexandre (Alec) Angle,

SSMU Representative                                                                                               

About Me

I am an undergraduate in McGill’s Faculty of Law, after having completed a Bachelor’s in History and Canadian Studies at McGill, and a Master’s in History at Oxford. My introduction to sustainability came in elementary school when I joined a club called Destination: Conservation. Nobody worried about unpaid internships back then, so our main duties involved emptying the school's recycling bins every week! All joking aside, I still believe that sustainability lives in the little gestures. I am interested in how subtle changes – e.g. reducing the size of fonts, the thickness of paints – can challenge the assumption that sustainability means lower quality and higher costs. And I am especially interested in corporate social responsibility, an area of concern that has recently advanced by leaps and bounds thanks to new evidence that corporate investment in robust environmental and social governance programs ultimately benefits those companies in the long run. It is for all these reasons that I am thrilled to join the SPF Working Group, McGill’s investment in a sustainable campus. McGill hosts leaders and innovators from all fields and backgrounds, and I am looking forward to the challenge of supporting their sustainability gestures – small and large – however I can.

 


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Caroline Begg,

Staff Representative (academic)                                                                                                  

About Me

I am a Faculty Lecturer in the Department of Plant Science and Director of Internship (FMT). In 2012, I received the McGill Office of Sustainability Award for Staff Contribution to Sustainability. My main interest is in ecological agriculture and in food security on the island of Montreal. I mentor two highly successful Macdonald campus clubs; the Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Garden (MSEG), and the Farm-to-School Program. Both student groups have received the McGill Office for Sustainability Catalyst Award (2012 and 2014). I am president of the Marché Ste Anne, a growing farmers market located in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. As well, I serve on the Board of Corbeille de Pain, a food security organization in the West Island and on the board of École-O-Champ, a science and agriculture educational non-profit for children of all ages. I have a strong interest in supporting student groups in their development of sustainability initiatives. I have been on approximately 15 successful student led applications to the Sustainability Project Fund. I believe that a sustainable approach to living is at the heart of our future society.  Student led projects in sustainability help students develop skills in science, adaptability, communication and management that will aid them in their future careers.


Nii Addy,

Staff Representative (academic)                                                                     

About Me

Hi! I work on partnerships spanning the social economy, the private sector, and the public sector. My areas of expertise include strategy and policy formulation, implementation and evaluation in cross-sector partnerships, with applications in public health, nutrition, and education. My research combines qualitative and quantitative approaches with the goal of informing how practitioners can work together effectively on advancing social, environmental, and economic sustainability. My recent research and teaching focus on how social innovation emerges from interactions between the beliefs and knowledge of functionally diverse decision-makers in partnerships, and the institutional contexts within which they are embedded. My projects include a study of knowledge-sharing processes in cross-sector food partnerships that are promoting healthy eating behaviors in Quebec.

 

 

 


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Carly Breger,

Staff Representative (administrative)                                                                                     

About Me

I am the Community Partnerships Associate in McGill's Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office where my role is to increase the quantity and quality of engagement between McGill University (students, staff and faculty) and the Montreal community. After over a decade working in the community sector (at the YMCA and Head in Hands, among other organizations), I apply my understanding of the mutualistic relationship that can be established among volunteers, community organizations and their participants to build enriching and empowering engagement opportunities for the McGill community.


Megan Wylie,

PGSS Representative                                                                                                 

About Me

My first real connection with sustainability was when I started a community garden in my final year of high school. The experience of growing food and working with a local soup kitchen brought me to embrace the integration of environment and social justice. This led me to complete my undergraduate degree in Environment and Business studies at the University of Waterloo. Here I went from small scale actions to learning how large businesses could strive for impactful changes in investment, transparency and engaging with stakeholders. However, I was drawn back to the impacts between environment and people. Now, I am a Master’s student in the Department of Geography where I am studying environmental pollutants within Canadian cities, and how levels of income inequality impact the distribution of pollutants. I am excited to be a part of the Sustainability Project Funds Working Group so that I can continue to make connections between a community and the environment. Interesting and fun ways of embracing sustainability happen when communities work together to solve their problems. I look forward to hearing your ideas McGill!

          

 


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Lucie Wendling,

MCSS Representative                                                                                               

About Me

I am a U1 student majoring in environmental biology with a specialization in wildlife biology and I am planning to do a minor in environment. As the Environmental Advisor for MCSS, I will represent the Macdonald Campus students on the Working Group. I grew up on Vancouver Island which had me in close proximity with nature. I am so grateful for this because living right next to beaches, forests and mountains immersed me in what I love. Once I was old enough to understand the threats what I loved so much was facing I wanted to do something about it. When I was in grade three I held a contest for reusing plastic bags – eliminating them altogether would have been better but I was eight so I have forgiven myself. When my class had not thrown away any plastic bags for a month but reused them instead I brought in a recycling themed cake. I consider this the first time I took action for sustainability. Protecting our natural world has always been my passion so I am very excited to be a part of the SPF, a group that encourages sustainability in such a large community. I look forward to the sustainable ideas and initiatives in McGill’s future and being a part of this community. 

 

 


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Paul Guenther,

Staff Representative (administrative)                                                                       

About Me

Hi!  I have worked at McGill’s Office of Campus & Space Planning since May 2010, offering me significant exposure to MOOS and the projects that drive their mandate.  Before working at McGill, I studied urban planning due to a broad interest regarding the influence that our environment has on our lifestyle and our quality of life.  While my expertise related to sustainability has a strong focus on policy development and physical infrastructure (especially that which is related to cycling and public space), I believe I have a strong understanding of sustainability and the multiple facets that ultimately contribute towards a sustainable community.  I think that the SPF is a critical tool to assist in the move towards sustainability, not just in the realization of projects but also in the creation of a strong and embedded community dedicated to a shared goal.  I am honored to participate in this Working Group and play an engaged role in furthering the University’s commitments towards a sustainable community.

   

 


Annie Dahan,

SSMU Representative                                                                                                  

About Me

I am a U2 student majoring in Sustainability, Science and Society through the faculty of Arts and Science, and minoring in GIS. Interestingly enough, before coming to McGill I had very minimal knowledge of environmental sciences and chose this amazing program on a whim (highly recommended!). Over the past two years, I have learned a lot about climate change and have become determined to increase awareness of environmental issues by framing them in terms of their economic impacts. Over the summer of 2016, I interned at Inerjys, a clean tech and renewable energy investment firm, and learned lots about the industry. Since winter 2017, I am an Intelligence Council member for the newly created GREIEN Sparks clean-teach agency. Being a member of the SPF Working Group, I am excited to learn about the new initiatives put forth by the McGill community and to see how they compare to initiatives all over the world.