Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.32
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

McGill University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Karen Oberer
Sustainability Officer
McGill Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS) Newsletter
The McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS) sends out a monthly newsletter that highlights the office's activities and events, as well as news articles about other sustainability activities happening within the university community.

MOOS also sends a monthly Sustainability Challenges newsletter, which offers subscibers tips on how to reduce their carbon footprint, improve their personal well-being, and to increase their awareness of equity and social justice issues. Recent issues covered topic such as changing consumer habits, reusing and repairing goods, acting meaningfully on Earth Day, and managing one's mental health during the pandemic.

MOOS has popular social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative (MSSI) Newsletter
The McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative sends out a newsletter annually.

What's New Newsletter
The McGill Faculty and Staff newsletter, "What's New" frequently includes a Sustainability section, which amplifies the accomplishments of MOOS and other McGill community members working in sustainability.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

As a part of the Refill McGill campaign to eliminate the sale of water bottles on campus, a campus-wide poster campaign was rolled out while wayfinding stickers were installed, leading to 63 water fountains on campus.

Local, Mac Farm, MSC, Vegan and Vegetarian meal options are labelled in residential dining halls to educate students to make choices that align with their dietary priorities and needs.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The McGill Office of Sustainability publishes a sustainability walking tour on its website. The downtown campus guide includes sites of interest such as the Redpath Museum, the McGill School of Environment, and The Flat, a student-run bicycle repair shop in the SSMU building.

The Macdonald Campus guide features the Mac Community Garden, the Butterfly Garden, and the McGill Student-run Ecological Gardens (MSEG), among other sites of interest.

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

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

"Your First Year in Residence: A guide to community living" includes a section on living sustainably in residence that includes advice on conserving energy, reducing waste, and staying active. It also includes information about sustainability intiatives taking place in the dining halls (compost, trash-sorting stations, eco-kits, etc.)

In January 2020, the Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS) Sustainability Coordinators gave a presentation to students living in residence, entitled "Sustainability After Residence." The goal of this presentation was to help students who were transitioning out of residence into off-campus housing maintain their sustainable living habits.

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

The Office of Sustainability (MOOS) also publishes numerous sustainability guides on its Resources page, including the McGill Guide to Urban Agriculture, the McGill Carbon Calculator, the Sustainable Labs Guide for Researchers, the Staff Sustainability Guide, and the Sustainable Travel and Mobility Guide, among many others.

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