Most offices and work stations have their own garbage bins (with a plastic bag) and a recycling bin. This mean that every night, custodial has to empty these bins and often replace the plastic garbage bag. Remove all of the indivuals garbage and recycling bins and put them in one ore more central place depending on the size of the office. This mean less garbage plastic bags and more time for custodial to do other stuff. ...more »
From LSE Environmental Policy 2011:
Use the zero-waste 'rethink-reduce-reuse-recycle' criterion in waste and resource management
McGill should have a place where each Department or Unit can post items or furniture or materials and supplies they no longer need or use, all or some of these items might be of use or value to another Department or Unit. If there is a justification, a fair market value cost could also be changed to the Department taking the goods crediting the Fund of the selling Unit. We discard a lot of items that are often still ...more »
This allows for targeted replacement of high-traffic or soiled area and saves us replacing carpet that is still perfectly usable.
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.
Consumption of paper by administration is discouraging. Everybody keep track of every transaction, conversation, decision by printing on a piece of paper, often time single side. I know everybody is backing oneself in case of audit but still. For example, I just received a PO cancellation documentation: 21 single side pages of email conversation... McGill should start a pilot program for paper-less administration. Equip ...more »
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.
Why does Mcgill libraries not have a adequate supply of headphones for rent? They could be 3-6 hrs rentals, that way we would not over consume the cheap headphones the library supplies students with right now. The rent-able headphones could be bought from a north american company.
Why don't we have bins beside the printers where we can put our one-sided paper? This way we would not recycle paper that can still be reused.
Mac campus is unique and offers opportunities for innovation not present downtown--in buildings, energy, food, waste, creating sustainable systems... Take advantage of these!
Every 2 years new research machinery gets bought from grants, but these grants don't provide the funding or training for upkeep, maintenance, or upgrading. McGill now has thousands and thousands of tonnes of lab equipment that's collecting dust because they have broken down, become obsolete in two years, or research interests have shifted. We need a system in place to maintain this machinery, reuse it, or supervise the ...more »
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.