Tiny Stream Projects

The SPF has devised a simpler, faster application process for ad-hoc initiatives like workshops and events (usually less than $300) 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:

2017 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.

2018 Projects

Purchase of Reusable Dishware (SP0181)

Approved February 2018

This 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 February 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 February 2018, CANCELLED

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.

Reusable Water Bottles for School of Religious Studies (SP0198)

Approved October 2018

In an effort to achieve their Sustainable Workplace Certification, the McGill School of Religious Studies will be purchasing reusable stainless steel water bottles for faculty and staff members. This is being done to replace the single-use plastic water bottles that are currently in use. When professors and staff use the stainless steel bottles, they will be setting an example for students and others that work and take classes in the Birks Building to reduce their use of plastic water bottles in kind. Funds from the SPF will be used to purchase 20 stainless steel bottles from the McGill Bookstore.

Elimination of Water Bottles at IGSF (SP0199)

Approved October 2018

In accordance with the Refill McGill mandate, IGSF are doing their part to see that water bottles are eliminated from the McGill campus. A lead and microbiological water test was performed on the kitchen sink and the office is satisfied with the results. The aim of this project is to eliminate the Labrador Water System, which the office has been using for drinking water, and the plastic water bottles that were used for our events. The Labrador Water System will be replaced by a large capacity Brita pitcher to be kept in the fridge.

Tree Awareness Campaign (SP0200)

Approved October 2018

On October 11th, 2018, the department of Building Services and Grounds held an Expo/Fair on the lower field of campus in order to inform the McGill community of the many services that are provided to them by the department. In this Expo/Fair, they showed several aspects of our work and had a hands-on display of the equipment. One of the aspects was stressed upon is the importance of trees, especially in context of McGill’s carbon neutrality and sustainability goals, the part they play in our life and why it is important to plant them. In order to stress the importance of tree planting, they offered to the visitors, as a gift, a small tree plant in order to sensitize everyone of the importance trees have in our lives. Funds from the SPF will be used to purchase 100 small trees, cover delivery costs, and printing signage.

Go Green this Halloween (SP0201)

Approved October 2018

The Halloween party is a once a year event that the McGill Graduate Dentistry Students Society organizes every year where everyone from the Faculty of Dentistry professors, graduate and post-graduate students get together and socialize. This year the McGill Graduate Dentistry Students Society has decided to start a sustainability-focused halloween party with compostable party products. Funds from he SPF will be used to purchase compostable plates, spoons, napkins, and forks, and fund the compost pickup. Additionally, the SPF will subsidize sustainable food options.

Herbal Tea Garden (SP0202)

Approved October 2018

The Herbal Tea Garden project aims for every staff member at Building21 to have their favourite tea herb growing. Not only would it be a little "pet" for them to watch and care for, but it will reduce waste from individually wrapped teabags, add greenery to the space, and make healthy living a priority. This garden will be indoors in B21's kitchen so it will be maintained throughout the year to provide tea and other herbs no matter the season. Additionally, this simple action of planting, growing, drying, and drinking your tea herbs adds a magical and calming character to the workplace. This project will also contribute to making B21 a Bronze-Certified Sustainable Workplace.

Reusable Beaker Cups (SP0203)

Approved October 2018

Science Games is a 4-day event that takes place every year in January. It is a student-run event in which the departments within the Faculty of Science compete against one another. The events take place across the Montreal downtown region at various locations. This year, the organizing committee are trying to implement more sustainable and environmentally-friendly initiatives. As such, one of the major wastes in regards to the event are plastic cups; the amount of plastic cups used and wasted over these 4-days is immense. To increase the sustainability of this event, resources from the SPF will be used to purchase reusable beaker cups. These cups will be given to each participant upon registration with a carabiner that they can secure around their fanny pack. The participants will have to bring these cups with them to each event, using them to consume their beverage, and thus, reducing the plastic cups that are given out.

Veganism Starter Guide (SP0204)

Approved November 2018

The Veganism Starter Guide project aims to create a vegan starter guide to give for free to students on campus and at sustainability events. The guide will include sections on how to eat sustainably, grow your own produce in dorm-room situations, learn more about ethical fashion, address FAQs about veganism and sustainable eating, and include art by students on campus. In an effort to be as accessible as possible, and with the help of the Tiny Stream, the guide will be available to students at no cost.

Reusable Dishware for Department of Family Medicine (SP0205)

Approved November 2018

This project will reduce the use of paper plates and cups and avoid the use of disposible plastic forks, knifes and plates in the McGill Department of Family Medicine. This project will contribute to a culture of sustainablity on McGill campus. Socially, it will engage more interactions in the kitchen, given that we have provided necessary utensils for people to eat and drink at the department. Environmentally, it will reduce the cost of buying disposible products, especially plates, forks and cups during each event that we host at the department. Those events include student events, departmental events, seminars or talks with invited speakers from national and international organizations, and meetings such as research committee meetings, focus group meetings, or thesis preparation meetings.

2019 Projects

MealCare Education Symposium (SP0213)

Approved March 2019 

The MealCare Education Symposium, an educational and awareness-building event, brought together several other on-campus sustainability-centered student organizations to discuss food waste in a local context and its impact on members of the Montreal community. This event kicked off with a symposium about how and why we find ourselves throwing out edible products, what happens when we do (from ecological and social perspectives), and finally potential ways to mitigate this systemic issue on an individual and collective scale. Funds from the SPF will go towards covering the venue cost, remunerating speakers and paying for workshop materials.

Clean It Up (SP0216)

Approved April 2019

The Clean It Up project gathered approximately 60 volunteers to spend a day cleaning up the Milton-Parc community, where they collected more than 50 bags of trash and recycling. The project contributes to fostering a culture of sustainability at McGill by encouraging the students who live in the neighbourhood to consider the waste they produce and where it goes, while also cleaning up the physical space. Resources from the SPF were used to purchase bags and gloves for the clean up.

Approved April 2019 Improved Plastic Cup Recycling at Blues Pub (SP0215)

Approved April 2019

This project is working towards making recycling plastic cups at Blues Pub easier. While some students at the Pub opt to pay a small deposit, other tend to go for recyclable cups which often get thrown out due to a lack of recycling containers in the space. Funds from the SPF will allow the students to build hanging sleeves that will be placed on the sides of garbage cans where students can place their recyclable cups for easier collection.

Resuable Dishware for Adam's Club (SP0220)

Approved July 2019

While many of the questions studied by Earth and Planetary Sciences students relate to environmental issues, some found their graduate student lounge to lack environmentally-friendly options. This project will provide those who frequent Adam's Club with reusable dishware and improved composting systems. To reduce waste, the focus will be to first and foremost purchase second hand dishware, rather than new.

Climate Change Workshops (SP0221)

Approved July 2019

This project is to provide participatory workshops that focus on the implications of climate change in the past, present and future for the entire McGill community during Science Literacy Week, from Sept. 16 to 20, 2019. Resources from the SPF will be going towards supplying refreshments and gifts for the speakers.

McConnell Plant Revival and Care (SP0222)

Approved July 2019

This initiative revolves around nurturing a sustainable environment on campus by creating an interactive plant care system with the McGill community. There are currently 4 plants in the McConnell Engineering Building that need reviving. SEAM (Sustainability in Engineering At McGill) wants to reanimate these plants using new soil and natural fertilizers, and wants to maintain them through the McGill community's effort to water them. SEAM's initiative will lead to positive change on campus having a long term impact, and a potential to scale by increasing the number of plants around campus.

Amazing Race Montreal (SP0226)

Approved September 2019

An "Amazing Race Montreal" in the middle of October as a way of introducing Montreal to participants, as well as being a chance to socialize and meet new friends. There are multiple stations around Montreal, one or two of which on McGill campus. Other stations are, for example, in a sponsored restaurant, at Place des Arts, and on top of Mont Royal. Participants run from station to station, and once arrived must complete the station's challenge. Teams then accumulate points to win prizes at the very end.

Supplies for Law Plate Club (SP0228)

Approved October 2019

The Law Plate Club is an existing project which is expanding. The Law Plate Club is a student-run service which provides free, reusable dishware to the community to alleviate the costs associated with purchasing single-use supplies while reducing waste. As we are building a team of volunteers and making our service known, we are now in need of more supplies in order to provide for the demand for items near the Faculty of Law. We currently only have 24 coffee mugs. This particular request is aimed at funding the purchase of 40 additional coffee mugs, especially for "Mardi moka", a reoccurring event held at the Faculty of Law where free coffee is distributed by the Law Student Association.

Reduce your Waste Sustainability Challenge Prize (SP0230)

Approved November 2019

The Office of Sustainability creates Sustainability Monthly Challenges for staff, faculty and students with a specific theme every month. The theme for the month of November is "Reduce your Waste." The goal of this challenge is to encourage members of the McGill community to decrease the amount of trash that they produce throughout the month. We will be giving them resources and tips throughout the month. We will also create an extra challenge by asking participants to keep all of their traish (non-compostable or non-recyclable) in a container, allowing them to actually see how much waste they are sending to landfills. The participants that engage in the challenge will then be able to show us their container of waste, or a picture, to receive a "zero-waste" soup in a mason jar during the last week of the month of November as a prize. These jars will contain the dry ingredients for various soup recipes that are made by the local company YogiBelly. They are a vegetarian and zero-waste food delivery service for people living in Montreal to encourage customers to buy local, healthy and delicious food. We do not usually have a prize for participation in the challenges, but thought it could be a good incentive for people to be further invested. We will have an exchange time and location at both campuses.

Reusable Beaker Cups (SP0231)

Approved November 2019

Science Games is a 4-day event that takes place every year in January. It is a student-run event in which the departments within the Faculty of Science compete against one another. The events take place across the Montreal downtown region at various locations. This year, we are trying to implement more sustainable and environmentally-friendly initiatives. As such, one of the major wastes we have in regards to our event are plastic cups. At each event of ours, typically, participants drink their beverage out of a plastic cup given to them by the location, proceed to throw it in the garbage, and purchase another beverage at which they are given another plastic cup. As such, the amount of plastic cups used and wasted over these 4-days is immense. In this way, we would like to purchase reusable beaker cups. These cups will be given to each participant upon registration with a carabiner that they can secure around their fanny pack. The participants will have to bring these cups with them to each event, using them to consume their beverage, and thus, reducing the plastic cups that are given out.

Pre-departure Orientation (SP0232)

Approved November 2019

McGill Pre-Departure orientation a mandatory, bi-annual event for all students going abroad in the upcoming semester (almost 750 attendees this year!), and that aims to prepare students for their time abroad. It will take place on November 21st from 17:00 to 20:00. The location of the plenary session, which is the first part of the event, will take place in the Leacock building, room 132. During the plenary session we go in depth into university requirements, government advisories, health and safety abroad, budget, travel documents, sustainable and conscious travel and more! Following the plenary session, students break out into a regional session lead by members of the McGill community who are native to the destinations in question.

SSMU Environment Committee Mug Reuse Program (SP0233)

Approved November 2019

The goal of the initiative is to reduce the use of nonreusable cups across McGill Campus. The initiative will begin in the McConnell Engineering building. When purchasing beverages in nonreusable cups, students will have the option to lend a reusable mug (with a 2$ deposit) to avoid unnecessary waste. After use, the mugs will be returned and washed in the Blues Pub for future use. This project was started last year with the Fair Trade Corner and Engineers Without Borders. The SSMU Environment Committee is continuing work with those who started the project. Engineering student associations such as the General Store (where the mugs will be distributed) are also involved.

In the future, we'd like to expand the project campus-wide. The McConnell Engineering building is a good pilot location due to all vendors selling coffee within the building and the present set up (with access to a dishwasher and students at the General Store available to do distribute mugs and clean them).

VéloVoltage (SP0234)

Approved December 2019

Our project is to upcycle an old bike, connect it to a motor and battery, and use the bike rotational energy to charge the battery / household appliances (i.e. charging a phone, powering a blender). The project is an educational opportunity for the two team members to learn about bicycle mechanics and electricity, as well as further educate the McGill community of alternative and sustainable sources of energy.

Three Green Space for Duff Medical (SP0235)

Approved December 2019

MIMM is hosting Biology undergrad students for laboratory courses of 111,112 for last two years due to major constraction in Biology stewart building.The cafeteria in Duff building that was only undergrad launge is converted to preparation laboratory for above courses. Therefore , students of both deparments that are around 1000/week are missing space for gathering before laboratory session.Since we have access to three small spaces for students and staff we suggest to convert these spaces to green space for them.

We are located in Duff Medical building, 3775 university,

Green spaces are on 4th,5th and 6th floor. Spaces are also being used by students and staff for coffee and launch break.

2020 Projects

How You Can Get Involved (SP0237)

Approved January 2020

We brought together a handful of motivated students to hear a talk from the McGill Office of Sustainability about how they (the students) could get involved on campus, with the aim to making the future of McGill and the wider community more sustainable.

Sustainability, Maintenance, Repair, and Social Justice (SP0238)

Approved February 2020

The Sustainability, Maintenance, Repair, and Social Justice in Feminist and Accessible Publishing and Communications Technologies: A Speaker and Workshop Series asks questions about sustainability, maintenance, right to repair, and the power of speculative futures. The series will be divided into 3 major themes: (1) Challenges for Feminist and Accessible Publishing and Communications Technologies; (2) Sustaining Social Justice: Sustainability (Environmental), Right to Repair, and Maintenance; and (3) Toolkits: Workshops Applying the Lessons of the Speaker Series. By thinking about sustainable technologies through the lens of social justice, the speakers of this series will foreground the environmental and social impact of the technologies we build. Environmental racism and sexism will be addressed.

Reusable Dishware for the Lady Davis Institute (SP0243)

Approved March 2020

This project aims to reduce waste from single-use items and promote a stronger sustainability culture at the Lady Davis Institute (LDI). Specifically, we seek to eliminate the usage of disposable plates, cups and utensil at all events hosted by the LDI trainee committee. Thus, we want to provide reusable dishware to the students at all events. These events take place on a weekly basis and include seminars, workshops, student talks, journal club meetings and social activities (ex: BBQ). In general, we anticipate between 20-50 participants depending on the event and provide food for the trainees. As we currently rely on single use items, the cumulative potential waste reduction is significant. The implementation will begin as soon as the grant is received i.e. in the end of February with our pizza party or our student seminar on the first Thursday of March 2020. Events are usually hosted at the LDI, a McGill affiliated medical research institution that hosts trainees, which are primarily graduate and post-graduate students from the McGill Faculty of Medicine.

Fixing and Maintenance of the Bike Repair Stations and Pumps on Campus (SP0247)

Approved April 2020

An SPF-funded project led to the installation of two outdoor bike pumps and a bike repair station on campus in the Fall of 2013. One pump is located outside McConnell Engineering, while the other pump and the repair station are located outside the Bronfman building. They are accessible year-round and to anyone with bike issues on campus. Recently, these units have fallen into disrepair and will require fixing as well as ongoing maintenance going forward. The repair of the pumps will require us to order and install new parts from the manufacturer. Ongoing maintenance will also require us to replace certain parts regularly. We hope to have these units repaired before the spring biking season is in full swing.






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