McGill University has partnerships with external organizations at the local, provincial, regional, national and international levels to promote sustainability. Here is a non-exhaustive list of some of our sustainability partnerships.
City of Montreal Sustainable Development Plan
The City of Montreal Sustainable Development Plan has spearheaded collective action towards sustainability, asking for members of the private, public and plural sectors on its territory to engage in actions identified in its sustainable development strategies. McGill has been a partner since the first Plan in 2005. See the list of McGill's engagements with the City of Montreal
At the City's annual Gala on Environment and Sustainability, McGill has been recognized thrice for its efforts: the Minimum Cost Housing Group's Edible Campus project in 2010, the Greening the Lower Campus project in 2011, and the Sustainability Projects Fund in 2017.
McGill has partnered with local transportation demand management center, Voyagez Futé, for various transportation projects, including in the Mac bikeshare programme and the discounts for Bixi annual memberships.
Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC)
McGill is a member of the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC), which was established in October 2004 to advance education and action for sustainable development on university campuses in the northeast and maritime region. Organized around the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, the NECSC members have committed to an annual meeting that advances campus sustainability by providing close networking opportunities, professional development, and access to the areas vibrant and growing college and university sustainability practitioner community. The NECSC represents more than forty institutions of higher education from the northeast United States and Eastern Canadian Provinces. McGill was proud to have hosted the first Canadian meeting of this group in October 2010, and is expected to host the conference again in 2020.
Réseau universitaire québécois en développement durable (RUQDD) / Québec Universities Sustainability Network, QUSN)
McGill is an active participant in the Réseau universitaire québécois en développement durable (RUQDD), a community of practice of Quebec universities. Originally a working group of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (CREPUQ) network that was abolished with the CREPUQ restructuring in 2013, the members banded together to form the RUQDD to continue to exchange and share in best practices, and engage with government agencies and non-profit groups to advance sustainability in Quebec.
Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP)
McGill is a member of the Canadian Alliance of College and University Sustainability Professionals (CUSP) and sits on the interim Steering Committee, which is composed of representatives from each provincial/regional campus sustainability network in Canada. The Steering Committee holds quarterly calls to discuss projects and issues of relevance to Canadian campus sustainability, and an annual networking meeting at the AASHE annual conference.
McGill is a member of the International Association of Universities (IAU), the UNESCO-based worldwide association of universities. In 1990, McGill signed the Talloires Declaration. The secretariat of this interuniversity agreement is the University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF). The following year, McGill signed the Halifax Declaration. McGill is was also a participating member in the Montreal Centre d'expertise régional en éducation en vue du développement durable of the United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies.
Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
HESI is a United Nations initiative created in 2012 in the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). It provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science, and policy-making.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
McGill is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), whose “activities are designed to make sustainable practices the norm within higher education”. AASHE has served as a focal point for exchanges between campus sustainability networks across North America as well as on an international basis.
McGill’s membership provides all McGill staff and students with access to all of AASHE's online resources by creating an AASHE account with their McGill email address. In addition to public engagement such as volunteering as members of the AASHE Advisory Council, co-chairing the annual conference, and contributing to the development of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), McGill Office of Sustainability staff have also contributed their knowledge and expertise to resources such as the AASHE How to Guide on Campus Green Fund Implementation.