Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Aug. 22, 2016
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McGill University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The mandate of the Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) Working Group (WG) is to independently ensure the optimal achievement of the SPF mandate. The SPF WG members do so by deliberating constructively based on the SPF Evaluation Criteria and by taking consensus-based decisions on 1) the funding of prospective and ongoing SPF projects as well as on 2) the Governance & Administration (G&A) of the SPF. Decisions and feedback of the WG are provided to prospective and ongoing SPF project teams through official Feedback Letters.

Expressing the collaboration between students and the administration under the SPF, the WG is a parity committee of four students and four staff members. The WG members are selected through a comprehensive process and based on their level of engagement within McGill University, their understanding of sustainability as a whole and within the McGill community, the complementarity of their expertise in relation to the other WG members, and their commitment to respecting the SPF WG Terms of Reference. The WG members usually meet once a month. The WG is chaired by the Manager of the McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS), who serves as a non-voting facilitator. The SPF Steward oversees the WG, co-facilitates the WG meetings as a non-voting member, and acts as a liaison with project teams. Please do not hesitate to contact the SPF Steward for any questions about the SPF WG.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Sustainability Projects Fund Working Group (SPFWG)
Two (2) SSMU Representatives (student)
MCSS Representative (student)
PGSS Representative (student)
Two (2) Staff Representative (non-academic)
Two (2) Staff Representative (academic)

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office of Sustainability supports McGill's goal to become an institutional model of sustainability for society.

Our mission is to create a culture of sustainability at McGill - to encourage and unite the efforts of students, faculty, staff and administrators to incorporate principles of sustainability in university operations, campus living and learning and in its relations with the broader community.

The Office of Sustainability explores ways in which McGill can integrate social, environmental and economic considerations into University decisions. We develop partnerships within the McGill Community that encourage and facilitate the application of principles of sustainability.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Kathleen Ng-Sr Sustainability Officer, Amelia Brinkerhoff-Vision2020 Coord., Toby Davine-Communications Officer, Krista Houser-Sustainability Officer &SPF Admin., Kim McGrath-Sustainability Officer & SPF Steward, Francois Miller-Sustainability Director

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The McGill Office of Sustainability accomplishments in 2015 include, but are not limited to:

- Released the Vision 2020 Progress Report, showing how the 56 deliverables under each of the 14 priority actions were being implemented. It showed that the overall degree of completion the Vision 2020 action plan is 51%.

- Developed the framework for an Advisory Council on Sustainability that will regroup both internal and external partners with the goal of positioning McGill as a leading institution in North America on sustainability. It is expected to become active in 2016.

- Proposed and oversaw the inclusion of “Sustainability Considerations” in Board and Senate covering memoranda templates. This addition will truly contribute to embedding sustainability in the decision making process at McGill.

- Published an Applied Student Research (ASR) Toolkit, a practical resource for students who are in the process of preparing or doing an ASR project. This guide breaks down the ASR process step-by-step, and provides tips and tools that help overcome some of the main difficulties that students face in doing an ASR.

- Organized the 5th Annual Catalyst Awards, an event that recognizes students, staff, and faculty who have made meaningful and enduring contributions to the sustainability movement at McGill. More than 120 people attended the ceremony, which was held on April 13, at the Faculty Club.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Senior Sustainability Officer

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

The Senior Sustainability Officer handles the Vision 2020 activities related to Operations, and liaises with external partners (professional associations and government agencies). They are also in charge of sustainability assessments, monitoring and tracking sustainability indicators on campus.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability Director

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

The Sustainability Director leads the team behind the McGill Office of Sustainability. They partner with internal and external units to promote and implement sustainability throughout campus and oversees the unfolding of Vision 2020.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Sustainability Officer & SPF Steward

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

They coordinate projects in Vision 2020's areas of Education and Research and oversees the Sustainability Projects Fund, thus collaborating in guiding and implementing McGill's Sustainability Strategy.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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