Sustainable Travel

Travel & Commuting category iconTravel and commuting activities at McGill are responsible for about a quarter of the University’s greenhouse gas emissions. The approach proposed in the McGill University Climate & Sustainability Strategy aims to reduce business-related transportation emissions without compromising the University’s mandate as a leading research institution. Reducing emissions from travel—especially air travel–and commuting is essential towards achieving the University’s long-term target of reaching carbon neutrality by 2040.

Click the links below for guidance on how to reduce the environmental impact of your travel and commuting.

 McGill University Climate & Sustainability Strategy 2020-2025


See below for links to resources available at McGill and in Montreal to help you travel sustainably.

Remote Conferencing

Tip: Ask your unit whether other video-conferencing facilities are available upon request.


Public Transit

Electric Vehicles & Car Rentals

Tip: Check out the McGill Travel Services’ website for additional information.

Between Campuses

  • Intercampus shuttle bus between the downtown and Macdonald campuses for full-time students with a valid ID (with equipment to transport two bicycles)
  • Parking and Transportation Services’ Transport website on how to get to, from and around our campuses


Sustainability Ratings of Accommodations

Discounts for McGillians

Comparing modes of transport: Efficiency and emissions

  • Natural Resources Canada’s fuel consumption ratings tool for fuel efficiencies of different vehicles. Rule of thumb: Select the smallest vehicle appropriate for the intended use and group size
  • Travel time and emissions of planes, trains and cars for popular VIA Rail routes
  • Greenhouse gas emissions for different flight options when booking flights with Direct Travel
  • Greenhouse gas emissions for different flight options on Google Flights
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