Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

McGill University
IN-40: Sustainability Projects Fund

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Karen Oberer
Sustainability Officer
McGill Office of Sustainability
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Name of the institution’s sustainability projects fund:
McGill Sustainability Projects Fund

Which of the following best describes the primary source of funding for the sustainability projects fund?:
Hybrid

Year the institution’s sustainability projects fund was established:
2,009

A brief description of the institution’s sustainability projects fund:

The Sustainability Projects Fund reached 1 million dollars in 2020 and is the largest SPF of its kind in Canada.

The Sustainability Projects Fund mandate is to build a culture of sustainability on McGill campuses through the development and seed-funding of interdisciplinary projects. It creates opportunities for the McGill community to actively engage in sustainability initiatives on campus, empowering individuals to be change agents in their own studying and work environment.

Since 2010, there has been $10 million allocated to projects and over 250 projects funded, 86% of which were staff-student collaborations. It is supported a student fee of $0.55 per credit to be collected from each SSMU, MCSS, and PGSS student, matched, dollar-to-dollar, by the University. The fee was most recently renewed for additional five years in November 2018. (See PRE section -- highlighted accomplishments)


A brief description of the multi-stakeholder decision-making process used to determine which projects receive funding through the sustainability projects fund:

The Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) Governance Council ensures the fulfilment of the SPF's mandate to build a culture of Sustainability on McGill campuses.

In addition to being responsible for the Governance & Administration of the SPF, they are also the body that determines which projects ultimately receive funding.

The Governance Council is composed of eight voting members and two non-voting members. Its voting members reflect the same parity as the fund itself – half students and half staff.
The four student representatives include:
- Two Student's Society of McGill University representatives
- One Post-Graduate Students' Society representative
- One Macdonald Campus Students' Society representative
The four staff representatives include:
- Two academic staff
- Two administrative staff
The two non-voting members include:
- Director of the McGill Office of Sustainability, co-facilitator
- SPF Steward, co-facilitator

The Governance Council members are selected based on their level of engagement within the McGill community, their understanding of sustainability, and their expertise. The group meets approximately once a month during the academic year.


Website URL where information about the sustainability projects fund is available:
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