A sewing machine and materials available for students to fix their clothes. Like The Flat... but for fashion
Sustainability Vision and Action Plan
become a waste free campus!
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.
More fountains should be outfitted with the capability to fill water bottles easily. Along with the current types being tested around campus, there are other kinds, many of which are simpler in design requiring fewer parts and electronics. Simpler methods could prove useful for widespread adoption of the idea.
Eliminate sytofoam cups and plates from campus.
Switch to reusable or completely biodegradable cutlery, dishware, coffee cups, an food containers for all food events and food services on campus.
As much a reasonably feasible, ensure that goods and services procured are sourced from companies who follow sustainable practices (social and environmental norms) using life-cycle costing in procurement decisions.
Encourage student research projects where students of different programs work together to study a problem from their own field's perspectives. It would expand student's understanding of knowledge outside their own fields and support the multidisciplinary framework that many sustainability-related challenges require.
There has been an increase in student interest in campus sustainability. Moreover, in the last several years students have been figuring out how to get credit for it. Examples include the McGill Food Systems Project (http://mfsp.wordpress.com/) and the recent McGill Energy Project, whereby students have partnered with stakeholders on campus (e.g. McGill Food and Dining Services; Utilities and Energy Management), identified... more »
Create an introductory course on sustainability that's open to all students. It should balance the environmental, social, and economic aspects, as well as study case studies of highly sustainable businesses/communities/projects.
Promote student awareness of local sustainability action and connect with them through partnerships, independent research, and internships.
We already have several edible garden projects on campus run by student and community groups...Santropol Roulant even does apiculture. We saw canteloupes and tomatos grown in front of James Admin. We have an orchard. Wouldn't it be fun if we grew more fruits and veggies on campus and used it as a delicious showcase of the tertiary and/or experiential learning opportunities that can be provided by urban agriculture?
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.