Tiny Stream Projects

The SPF has devised a simpler, faster application process for ad-hoc initiatives like workshops and events (usually less than $250) that contribute to a culture of sustainability at McGill. Learn more about the Tiny Stream and how to apply here. 

Here is the list of approved Tiny Stream projects:

Sustainable dishware for Death Cafes (SP0172)

Approved Fall 2017

A Death Cafe is a monthly group-directed discussion of death, with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. In these workshops, participants discuss death in a respectful and confidential space without fear of judgment. Death Café’s do not have a spiritual or philosophical agenda and rather than aiming to give answers, they provide a forum for a candid discussion of a universally relevant subject often viewed as a taboo in our Western society. $75 of SPF funding will be used to purchase sustainable dishware for snacks and refreshments at the Death Café. 

Research and Sustainability Network Launch Speaker Series (SP0173)

Approved Fall 2017

The Research and Sustainability Network (RSN) is a new organization on campus which aims to create a platform where McGill students and professors can share their sustainability-related research projects. The launch event engaged the undergraduate student body with some of the outstanding McGill researchers working on sustainability-related research. This space aimed to facilitate cross-faculty collaborations and interdisciplinary discussions of sustainability related topics and projects, while allowing students to gain insight in how to pursue a research oriented career, integrate a sustainability mindset within their realm of studies, and develop the connections and network. $300 of SPF funding was used for room rental and catering. 


Wood @ Work Conference (SP0174)

Approved Fall 2017

Wood at Work is a community of practice that connects leaders in sustainable design and city planning, wood construction and forest conservation. The third annual conference: Wood at Work 2017: Elegant Strategies for Architecture, City-Building, and Forest Conservation, took place on October 26 and 27th. Events included a series of lectures by world experts in wood design and engineering, forest ecology, rural livelihoods, and forestry; hands-on activities (participants may find themselves judging a student bridge building competition, cooking on an open fire, or observing our wood mizer sawmill in action) and participant-led round-table discussions. $300 of SPF funding was used to purchase carbon offsets, dishware rental, and the video or professional services for on-campus events. 

Purchase of Reusable Dishware (SP0181)

Approved Feb 2018

Ice cream and toppings served on reusable dishwareThis project aims to reduce waste and foster a culture of sustainability by spreading awareness of reusable dishware. In order to reduce waste associated with disposable dishware used in events planned by the Atmospheric and Oceanics (AOS) department and the Council of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (CAOS), SPF funds will be used to purchase reusable dishware. This dishware will be used at various events organized by either AOS or CAOS including, but not limited to, weekly coffee times, Ph.D. defenses, welcome breakfasts, and CAOS general meetings. The graduate student lounge is equipped with a kitchenette that allows for easy cleaning of the dishware. To prevent loss or theft, the majority of dishware would be locked away in the AOS administrative office to be used for the above mentioned events, however, a small subset would be left in the kitchenette to allow for daily lunchtime use.There is a long-term economic incentive in that new disposable materials will not need to be purchased for every social event planned by AOS or CAOS. This initiative would directly benefit graduate students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the AOS department through the easy access of reusable dishware at organized events. Additionally, the dishware would be used at any interdepartmental events, thereby benefitting graduate students from other departments.

Recycling Bins on Wheels for the Redpath Museum (SP0182)

Approved Feb 2018

This project aims to increase the recycling capacity of Redpath Museum. Due to recent changes, the Redpath Museum now holds 5 of the 10 Biology Undergraduate labs courses in its Teaching Lab, Rm 106. SPF funding will be used to purchase two 50 gallon recycling bins on wheels to handle the waste generated from these teaching labs. As it stands the Redpath Museums only has 18 gallons blue recycling bins; one bin would be for paper, the other for glass, metal and plastic.  They would be located inside the lab during lab times and then set outside in a designated area in the hallway where they would be available to the rest of the floor/building. Facilities is supporting this initiative by putting this lab on their recycling collection route.

International Development Policy Case Competition (SP0183)

Approved Feb 2018

The International Development Studies Students Association is hosting McGill's FIRST International Development Policy Case Competition.  The theme of this year's competition is Food Security in Nigeria. This policy case competition will allow students the opportunity to transfer their classroom knowledge into tangible skills applicable to policy development and analysis.  Our event is composed of a development policy workshop and a two round competition. Funds from the SPF will be used to cover the difference between sustainable and non-sustainable catering options.