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create a historical retrofit plan

Create a historical retrofit plan to target retrofitting all buildings on the Downtown and Macdonald Campuses.

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Electronic Invoice Payments and Approval Process

We should pay our invoices electronically through direct payment from our McGill RBC bank account to our vendor's accounts and also the approval of large payments over $10K should also be electronic. We currently get paper invoices, match them against POs, scan them in to the system, if they are over $10K we create another form that needs to be signed by the fund holder, usually sent by internal mail and then signed ...more »

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Piezo-electric material to light up auditoriums

Piezo electric material are crystals that produce electricity when they experience mechanical stress. Why don't we install these materials in high traffic areas such as big auditoriums? Or simply install them in rooms where light doesn't have to be turned on unless someone is in the room?

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expiry dates

Having the expiry date on the consumable products been properly adjust to reflect real acceptable "best before" dates. If these are shorter than needed, we either end up buying smaller format size products; with more packaging or we end up buying bigger format size product which we may throw in the garbage before we end the product because of the expary date occurance.

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McGill- UrePrint- Paper self-sufficiency

Create a complementary system to that of Uprint machines to collect, after each semester, midterm exam, group project or academic year, the paper used to print past exams, powerpoint slides and what not. From personal experience, I know a great deal of this paper ends up in non-adapted garbage disposals. The paper returned can in turn give credit for further printing on the Uprint system, thereby triggering a virtually ...more »

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Encourage healthy lifestyles

Promoting healthy lifestyles can be done in a variety of ways. Here is one Survey Participant Idea: Would like cheaper gym fees for all staff

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Create performance reporting & monitoring management systems

Create performance management systems to track overall sustainability performance between departments, faculties, schools etc. while fostering collaboration and integrated decision making among campus community.

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Sustainable Buildings and Refurbishments

Set the highest standards for sustainable building and refurbishment projects.

 

Commit to One Planet Living Principals http://www.oneplanetliving.org/index.html

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Capture the carbon dioxide, more tasty food!

In general, climate warming results from an overly high level of carbon dioxide in atmosphere. A special device could be installed on the roofs of every building in McGill in order to capture or adsorb the carbon dioxide. Afterwards, the captured carbon dioxide could be condensed and delivered to farm. The release of extra carbon dioxide could improve the yield and quality of crop and vegetable by certain technologies, ...more »

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new faculty sustainability orientation

Create mechanisms to engage new faculty in sustainability research, teaching, and projects (on and off campus).

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Energy use of vending machines

Conduct a campus-wide inventory of the energy consumption of vending machines. Make sure that they operate as efficiently as possible and be sure to factor in their relative energy use when considering their use. Seek vending machines which are more efficient in their use of electricity.

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