Sustainable Travel and Mobility Guide

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The Sustainable Travel and Mobility Guide contains guidance and resources to help University travelers—faculty, staff, and students—reduce some of the negative impacts from travel by following a series of best practices.

As a research-driven institution with an international population, three campuses in Québec, and numerous research and field stations, the McGill community has many reasons to travel. However, the way we travel (and how frequently we do it) can have significant impacts on the environment and local communities. For example, McGill’s emissions from travel and mobility accounted for 26% of our overall emissions in 2017.

As part of the Vision 2020 Climate & Sustainability Action Plan, McGill committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2040. Reaching this target will require the participation of our entire community and committing to more sustainable travel practices is crucial to achieving this goal.

University-related Travel

University-related Travel refers to travel for university-related reasons, and is typically eligible for reimbursement by the University. This includes travel for research, fieldwork, conferences, lectures, recruitment, meetings, events, and travel by our varsity sports teams. It consists of transportation arrangements by various modes, vehicle rentals, and accommodation.

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Local Travel and Mobility

Local Travel and Mobility refers to commuting: the regular (and often daily) movement of our community members between their home and their place of work or study, as well as trips between our campuses. Mobility is typically not eligible for reimbursement, while local travel between campuses can be.