Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2016
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STARS v2.1

McGill University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

McGill's Sustainability website lists information about the University's sustainability policies, ways to get involved in sustainability activities on campus, innovative sustainability research, upcoming news and events on sustainability, and much more.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

McGill's Office of Sustainability releases a newsletter to keep subscribers abreast of recent news and events.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

McGill's Office of Sustainability maintains an active presence on Facebook and Twitter (@SustainMcGill) to promote and engage with members of the community on campus sustainability issues, in addition to a blog on our webpage.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:

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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
No

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

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The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Physical building signage is available at the site of the Life Sciences Complex, which was awarded LEED Gold certification. Online, green building features (related to energy) are available using the Pulse Energy Dashboard.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

McGill Food & Dining Services uses signs and brochures to advertise:

- that it serves fair-trade certified coffee (or equivalent) in dining halls across campus and in the majority of retail locations
- that it has committed to serving “sustainable fish & seafood” on the menu as of September 1, 2010.
- the use and benefits of free-range eggs
- the use and benefits of organic grains
- various sustainability-themed events, like Meatless Mondays and Local Food Days

In addition to signage in the cafeterias, sustainability initiatives are highlighted on napkins in all McGill Food and Dining Services locations.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

Physical signage is available on the Alpine Garden site and the Butterfly and Scent Garden, which contribute to local biodiversity of flora and fauna in addition to providing aesthetically pleasing social spaces where members of the community can connect. Online, the MOOSmap provides information about initiatives undertaken in various areas of campus.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Green (Tree) Tour educates participants on the native tree, bush, and flower species located both on the McGill campus and in the forest of the piedmont (northeast flanc) of Mount Royal.

Note: While this walking tour currently focuses solely on flowers, trees, and bushes, plans are in the works to expand it to include a larger variety of sustainability-related topics.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

McGill provides students, faculty, and visitors with information about how to access both the Downtown and MacDonald campuses via the public bus and subway systems, as well as information on how to use the University's free inter-campus shuttle.

For information on how to get to and around Montreal, see: http://www.mcgill.ca/visiting/directions/

For information on how to cycle to and around campus, visit: http://www.mcgill.ca/transport/cycling/

The City of Montreal also provides McGill with additional informational brochures, which are made available to students through the First Year Office.
http://www.mcgill.ca/firstyear/montrealessentials/transport


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

McGill distributes Bixi pamphlets (which includes cycling maps of Montreal) and the Safe Cycling Guide during orientation to new students, and works with the local police who provide a free engraving service for bicycles. A Google Map page also provides locations of bicycle racks on the downtown campus.


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Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The Rez Life Handbook includes an insert focused specifically on green living. This insert includes information on:
- Campus Printing
- Energy consumption in residence
- Recycling in residence
- How to get involved in the Environment Residence Council
- Regular green campus events, including the Farmer's Market and Organic Campus


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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
No

A brief description of these materials or publications:
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