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

STARS v2.2

McGill University
PRE-2: Points of Distinction

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Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Vision 2020: Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 2017-2020

A brief description of the institution’s featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:

McGill University’s Vision 2020: Climate & Sustainability Action Plan 2017-2020 (‘Vision 2020’ or ‘Action Plan’) is the product of a deeply collaborative engagement process which brought together the entire McGill community to work towards the collective goals of addressing the climate crisis and building a more sustainable future.

Vision 2020 is the University’s second sustainability strategy and the first to incorporate climate action. Driven by two ambitious long-term targets—to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040 and to attain a STARS Platinum rating by 2030—the Action Plan institutionalizes concrete objectives to reduce McGill’s carbon footprint and bolster sustainable initiatives on campus. Vision 2020 defines 22 short-term priority actions and 45 associated deliverables and distributes ownership and accountability of these activities across the University. This framework encompasses all three pillars of sustainability while setting up McGill for long-term success.

Vision 2020 is a dynamic action plan that addresses the needs of over 50 000 community members. Its legacy is that it has paved the way for creating collaborative and representative plans for and from the McGill community for many years to come. With McGill’s main campus in the heart of Montreal and satellite campuses in the surrounding area, Vision 2020’s impact has resonated throughout the region and sets the stage for the next Climate and Sustainability Action Plan (2020-2025).

Vision 2020 received the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) Honorary Member Award in 2020.
https://international-sustainable-campus-network.org/awards/2020-award-winners/


Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Campus Engagement
Air & Climate
Coordination & Planning

Website URL where more information about the accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
PA 2 Sustainability Planning

A photograph or document associated with the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
Sustainability Projects Fund reaches 1 million dollars, the largest SPF in Canada

A brief description of the second program/initiative/accomplishment:

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.


Which impact areas does the second program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Campus Engagement
Coordination & Planning

Website URL where more information about the second program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the second program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
IN Innovation and Leadership

A photograph or document associated with the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
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Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
McGill Board of Governors Sustainability Committee

A brief description of the third program/initiative/accomplishment:

In December 2019, the McGill Board of Governors approved the establishment of the Sustainability Committee as a standing committee of the Board. This Committee will assist the Board in setting and achieving institutional priorities and goals, and in monitoring progress in the area of sustainability. The Committee's functions include: reviewing and assessing key performance indicators established to support the realization of institutional targets and objectives related to sustainability; considering the economic, environmental and social impacts of the activities carried out by or on behalf of the University in order to guide decision-making; and undertake studies on questions or best practices relating to sustainability.


Which impact areas does the third program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Coordination & Planning

Website URL where more information about the third program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the third program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
IN Innovation and Leadership

A photograph or document associated with the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
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