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 »
Sustainability Vision and Action Plan
McGill should ensure that its students graduate as worldly citizens conscientious of social, economic and environmental impacts they affect and can effect in their communities, wherever they go.
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 »
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.
Install water bottle fill stations in all the libraries to make it easier to use reusable bottles.
As an undergrad. As a grad student. As a researcher. Period.
become carbon neutral by 2050 - reducing ghg emission by 50% by 2025
I have noticed that people using the uPrint devices print things that they don't want and leave the paper on the machine or lying around. Also, I noticed that many of the uPrint devices are located in hallways and other spaces which don't have a paper recycling bin close by. I think it would be very helpful and useful to have a paper recycling bin at every U-Print device. Paper only recycling, so a single narrow slot... more »
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.
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 »
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)
Include community outreach/engagement as part of staff performance assessment or credit for volunteer work (staff and student)
Develop and publicize ways for people who come up with ideas to have that idea happen. Not everyone can make it happen by themselves. There should be some group or committee or people or office or meeting place that can help connect people and maybe provide some help in writing business plans and managing projects.
Voyager en vélo est très bon pour l'environnement, mais en ville il n'est pas toujours facile de trouver un BIXI à proximité. Il en faudrait plus, car c'est écologique et économique !