McGill's three student societies—SSMU, MCSS, and PGSS—partnered with the University to create the SPF in the fall of 2009. The proposal was passed by student referendum in November 2009, with 79 per cent of voters on the downtown campus in support of the fund.
The Fund’s three-year pilot period was a success, with nearly $3 million in funding distributed, leading students to vote to renew the fee until Winter 2018. Students then voted to renew the SPF for another five-year period, with 81 per cent of SSMU students and 98 per cent of MCSS students in favour.
Gala de reconnaissance en environnement et developpement durable, Ville de Montreal
In 2017, the SPF was recognized at the city of Montreal’s Gala de reconnaissance en environnement et developpement durable, winning the Institutions and Entreprises category. The award commended the Fund’s work in financing the transition to sustainability on McGill campuses.
Catalyst Award for Sustainability in Connectivity & Governance
In 2018, the students of the SPF Referendum Yes Committee won the Catalyst Award for Sustainability in Connectivity & Governance for their efforts in renewing the SPF for the next five years. The Committee engaged with more than 15,000 students throughout their campaign, resulting in 81 per cent of SSMU and 98 per cent of MCSS voters in favour of renewing the fund.