The McGill cafeterias should be redesigned to encourage ownership and participation. They should become gathering spaces. Instead of tables and chairs being bolted into the ground, they could be arranged so that people feel like they can eat and discuss together. Instead of cafeterias being relegated to corners, they should be at the center of campus life. Instead of feeling like transitory spaces, where you eat as ...more »
Require any building or renovation projects at McGill to include provisions for the recycling of the construction waste generated during that project. Have it built into the contract bidding process as a requirement that the contractors have to follow.
Use recycled material whenever possible for projects.
Tied into the idea of better asset management, the idea would be to have a store front where surplus items from around campus can be stored in (rather than stuffed into little rooms around campus taking up valuable space) and sold out of.
There are other Universities with programs along the same lines.
Bad temperature control in buildings affects occupant comfort and wastes energy resources.
Increase green stormwater infrastructure on campus through development of green alleyways, increased rooftop gardens and more permeable surfaces (reducing overall heat island effect as well).
Encourage public transit to campus by offering reduced fares for all students and staff on campus.
Online course packs would save both the university and the students money by removing printing costs. Course packs could still be rented out by the bookstore, but it could be in a DVD format.
So much of McGill's sustainability progress has been driven by committed individuals going above and beyond. Create ways to reward and recognize this work, and incentives for more staff to take this kind of initiative.
Test the waste water leaving McGill campus, identify any pollutants, identify sources of these pollutants, eliminate or mitigate these sources. Inact measures/education schemes to prevent these types of pollutants from entering the sewers.
become carbon neutral by 2050 - reducing ghg emission by 50% by 2025
student and staff maintained bee hives, with students able to learn about honey bees, their plight, and also the honey collected could be used in mcgill food and dining in place of sugar (healthier)
Provide exam booklets with less pages for mid-terms and tests. The standard booklets are fine for 3 hour exams, but waste far too much paper when used for shorter 50 min tests.