Sustainability in buildings and utilities entails reducing the environmental impact of campus infrastructure while preserving our university's unique heritage.
Buildings are the largest users of energy and the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions at McGill. The way that we design, build, and maintain buildings can, therefore, have a profound effect on mitigating the building’s impact on the environment. Sustainability is a core commitment in McGill’s Master Plan, and is taken into account in all infrastructure decisions. McGill also has a comprehensive set of Design Standards, which includes sustainability design requirements to be followed by all new construction and renovation projects.
McGill University's downtown campus occupies 32 hectares within the Historic and Natural District of Mount Royal, a heritage zone created by the Government of Quebec in 2005. Most of the more than 100 buildings on campus were constructed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Under both municipal and provincial legislation, the university cannot make any changes that affect the built environment or heritage on campus without consulting the City of Montreal and the Quebec Ministry of Culture.