McGill University
Location:845 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal, QC
Size of student body: 37,835 (2011)

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Sustainability Office

We see sustainability as a concept that incorporates social, environmental and economic dimensions, and are passionate about building McGill University as a role model for a society in which people and the planet can flourish. The McGill Office of Sustainability is brought to you by a dedicated team of staff and interns who facilitate a diverse range of sustainability initiatives in the McGill Community.

We serve sustainability at McGill by functioning as:

  • Stewards of the Sustainability Projects Fund
  • Stewards of McGill’s Sustainability Strategy, Vision 2020, and the associated governing bodies
  • Coordinators of the monitoring and reporting on sustainability at McGill
  • Facilitators of action to foster sustainability at McGill
  • Brokers of partnerships between faculty, students, and admin staffs
  • A clearing house of information on sustainability events/news at McGill

The Sustainability Projects Budget was allocated to fund the Office of Sustainability Interns who worked with the Projects, and contributed to the projects in a variety of ways.The budget for the Sustainability Projects Budget for the past three years of operation has totalled: $33,000

McGill Office of Sustainability

1010 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite #1200
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2R7

Phone: 514-398-8826
Email: sustainability@mcgill.ca

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Environmental/Social Justice Student Clubs

Name of Club: Borderless World Volunteers

Borderless World Volunteers is a global development organization focused on implementing capital-light, knowledge-intensive projects designed to strengthen the capacity of local non-governmental organizations in developing countries to carry out their mission. The organization is currently active in creating sustainable health, education, agricultural, and economic development projects.

Type of Club: Registered charity, first university to establish the organization

Founded: 2003. To help undergraduate students lead development projects across the world

Funded: Student Union

Email: borderlessworldvolunteers@gmail.com

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/BWVMcGill

Website: http://borderlessworld.org/

Name of Club: Make a Wish McGill

McGill Students for Make a Wish is a chapter of the Make A Wish® Foundation located at McGill University. Throughout the year, we organize various events, both social and athletic to raise funds for Make A Wish® Quebec. Our mission is to adopt one child’s wish every year as well as to raise awareness to the student body about this great cause. Part of the Students Society of Mcgill University

Founded: 2005

Funded: Student Union

Email:mcgill.makeawish@gmail.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/mcgillmakeawish

Name of Club: Habitat for Humanity

Type of Club: Organized by students at McGill, an international non-profit organization seeking to eliminate poverty housing worldwide

Founded: 1998

Funding: donations of funds, services, building materials and labors from individuals, corporations, and other organizations. Also by the Student Union

Email: habforhum@yahoo.com, habitatforhumanity.mcgill@gmail.com 

President
Karen Wan
School of Architecture (Masters)
514.842.1885
kwan@po-box.mcgill.ca

Public Relations/Communications Coordinator
Olivia Hewett
514.398.3010 ext. 094770
livitup5@hotmail.com

Website: http://members.tripod.com/mcgill_habitat/home.html

Name of Club: McGill Students for Oxfam-Quebec

Type of Club: Student- run group which works in partnership with Oxfam Quebec. Part of the Students Society of McGill University

Funded: Student Union

Email: oxfam.mcgill@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2201271306/

Name of Club: World Vision at McGill 

World Vision @ McGill is founded with the mission to help achieve the goals set by World Vision—a humanitarian charity organization dedicated to working with children, families, and communities worldwide. We set out to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice in these communities, and we are determined to improve the lives of all poor children and families regardless of religion, race, ethnicity and gender.

Funded: Student Union

Email: worldvision.mcgill@gmail.com

Name of Club: MEDlife

Type of Club: non-profit student organization that aims to alleviate global poverty through the distribution and promotion of medicine, education and development

Funding: When not abroad, members can help at home through fundraising efforts. All donations are put towards the MEDLIFE Fund, and 100% of proceeds are used for the creation of medical clinics, schools, and other development projects specific to the needs of each community. Also they get financial support from Kaplan Test Prep. Also funded by the Student Union

Email: medlife.mcgill@gmail.com

Website: http://medlifemcgill.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/worldvision.mcgill

Name of Club: NetRoots

Type of Club: Group of Montreal university students began the club in order to provide free advice to local charities with regards to social media. Part of a student group of the Students Society of McGill University (SSMU)

Funded: Student Union

Founded: 2011

Email: netroots.exec@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NetRootsMontreal

Website: http://www.netrootsmontreal.com

Name of Club: WaterCan Montreal

Type of Club: student-organized committee focused on creating awareness of the water crisis through fundraising and events. McGill chapter has raised over $20, 000 each year

Funded: Student Union

Email: watercanmcgill@gmail.com

Name of Club: Energy Associations 

Type of Club: McGill students only, student run organization

Funding: Sponsors such as Shell Canada and the Students Society of Mcgill University (Student Union)

Email: mcgill.energy@gmail.com

Website: http://mcgillenergy.wix.com/energyassociation

Name of Club: McGill Students for Greenpeace 

Type of Club: The first university-level chapter of Greenpeace International to be established in Canada. We promote environmental awareness and advocacy around McGill campus and the Montreal community.

Funded: Student Union

Email: greenpeacemcgiil@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/44351369876/?ref=ts

Name of Club: The Conservationists

Type of Club: New environmental group at McGill.

Some of the things we do include tree planting, invasive species removal, shoreline cleanup, guest speakers night, documentary screening night, etc. Basically, anything that involves doing conservation work with our own hands. And we are very open to suggestions! If you have a vision for a conservation project, we are here to work with you to help make it become a reality.

Funded: Student Union

Founded: 2010

Email: theconservationists@gmail.com

Website: http://theconservationists.wordpress.com

Name of Club: Animal Liberties 

Type of Club: Student Run Organization, The mission of Animal Liberties is to: Stimulate dialogue and raise awareness of animal rights issues by engaging in research, outreach and activism on campus and within the local community, Educate the McGill community about the ethical implications of the production and consumption of nonhuman animals, Encourage the transition to a sustainable vegan lifestyle.

Funded: Student Union

Email: animalliberties@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/6432287554/?ref=ts

Name of Club: Cinema Politica

McGill Cinema Politica screens documentaries pertaining to relevant political and social issues in an effort to raise global awareness on the McGill campus. Cinema Politica is a media arts, non-profit network of community. Admission is by donation and all McGill students, as well as the general public are invited to attend.

Founded: 2008

Funded: Student Union

Email: mcgill@cinemapolitica.org

Svetla Turnin
Executive Director and Network Coordinator
Email: svetla [at] cinemapolitica [dot] org

Website: http://www.cinemapolitica.org

Name of Club: Amnesty International, McGill Chapter

Amnesty McGill works on campus, globally, and locally to protect human rights. Amnesty McGill is a section of the Canadian Branch of Amnesty International, allowing us to participate in national and international campaigns. At the same time, we are driven by the unique interests and passions of our members and the opportunities for human rights activism and awareness offered by a diverse, internationalized university campus

Funded: Students Union

Email: amnestymcgill@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2201524085/

Name of Club: OPIRG

Type of Club: non profit, Student run organization, on environmental and social justice issues

Funded: Every semester, undergraduate and graduate students pay respective fee levies of $3.75 and $3.00 that go towards funding QPIRG McGill. Without student support, we would not be able to function as an organization. This amount reflect the fee-levy before opt-outs.We receive a number of grants for contract-based paid positions, such as the Rad Frosh coordinator, the CURE and Library Coordinators, and in the past year our Policy and Fundraising coordinators (6 months each). These grants come from a range of sources, including McGill Work Study, Emploi Quebec, and Young Canada Works.

Website: http://www.qpirgmcgill.org

Email: qpirg@ssmu.mcgill.ca

Interest Group Coordinator (Enbal Singer) | igc@ssmu.mcgill.ca

  • Starting a club, Interim and Full status club applications,signing officer letters, executive contact sheets

Vice President Clubs & Services (Stefan Fong) | cs@ssmu.mcgill.ca

  • Student services, Activities Night, Culture Shock, Club offices, Inquiries about Shatner University Centre, SSMU Publications

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ENVIRONMENTAL/SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDENT INITIATIVES

List of Projects done by the Sustainability Fund by the Office of Sustainability

http://www.mcgill.ca/sustainability/spf/current

Name of Initiative : Farmers Market
Address: Held every Thursday from 12 pm to 5 pm on McTavish Street in front of the SSMU building
Email: mcgillfarmersmarket@gmail.com.
Funded: Sustainability Project Fund, Green Fund, Mary Brown Fund. Vendor Fee : $35, Student Union

Name of Initiative: SRC – Student Run Cafe

Type of Club: Student Run Cafe, student organization

Founded: 2008

Funded: Student Union

Email: http://ssmu.mcgill.ca/cafe/contact-us/
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FUNDING SOURCES AVAILABLE

The SSMU ( Students Society of McGill University) has several funds to supplement student activities. All funding applications for the Ambassador Fund, Campus Life Fund, Club Fund, Green Fund, Space Fund, Charity Fund and Equity Fund are reviewed by the Funding Committee and then by SSMU Legislative Council for approval. Applications may take up to three weeks to process.

The Gerts Student Life Fund, established in 2006, supports events held by members of the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU) in Gerts Bar.  The money, donated by Boréale and McAuslan, may be issued for, but is not limited to, events, conferences, and productions of an academic or social nature.  Any member or group within the SSMU may apply for funding for such initiatives.

The Green Fund of the SSMU was created to fund sustainable initiatives by student groups and promote a culture of sustainability on campus. Past projects and groups the Green Fund has supported include:
Campus Crops, Chem E-Car, Gorilla Composting, ECOuture SUS, Frostbite, Hillel, Greening McGill, McGill Food Systems Project, Plate Club, Red Herring, Sustainable McGill Project, Tapthirst and more!

Currently, full-time students pay $8.50 towards the Bursary Fund as a part of MUSF. Each student dollar paid into the Fund is matched by the University, providing over $750,000 dollars in financial aide to students every year. By providing millions of dollars to Student Aid Services, the Bursary Fund has provided for hundreds of students to attend McGill over the past 10 years.

Undergraduate students can apply to the Bursary Fund through Student Financial Aide Services.

The Sustainability Projects Budget was allocated to fund the Office of Sustainability Interns who worked with the Projects, and contributed to the projects in a variety of ways.The budget for the Sustainability Projects Budget for the past three years of operation has totalled: $33,000

The Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) has been created to help promote and build a culture of sustainability at McGill, with the primary purpose of the fund to create opportunities for the McGill community to actively engage in sustainability initiatives on campus.

The Sustainability Projects Fund was created through the approval of a ‘non-opt-outable’ student fee of $0.50 per credit (with a maximum of $15/year) to be collected from each SSMUMCSS, and PGSS student. This amount is then matched by the administration with funds which may include: possible contributions through internal and external donations; centrally managed capital and operating budgets of the University; and grants from external agencies and non-governmental organizations.

The estimated yearly total of the SPF is $840,000. Any unspent funds remaining from one year will be rolled over into the fund balance of the subsequent year. No money from this fund may be allocated to any project or undertaking that does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Sustainability Projects Fund Working Group.

A portion of the fund monies will be reserved to fund the position of Sustainability Projects Fund Administrator for duration of the initial the three-year period of the SPF, in addition to two or three student positions which will work in in tandem with the SPF Administrator position. The SPF Administrator will serve as Steward of the SPF Working Group, coordinating applied student research, facilitating the application process, ensuring that approved projects are executed as planned, and tracking progress on sustainability accomplishments achieved through the SPF. The balance of fund monies will be dedicated to a wide variety of sustainability projects.

The Sustainability Projects Fund has been created for an initial three-year period. The three-year period corresponds to the maximum allotted time for ancillary fees to be collected prior to a mandatory referendum for review, as dictated by Article 1 of the SSMU Constitution. This initial period will serve as a basis for future decisions regarding a possible extension or any changes to the contributions to the fund. Decisions about how to proceed after the initial three-year period will be made based on an assessment of the tangible and measurable impacts of the fund over the course of the initial three-year period.

http://www.mcgill.ca/sustainability/spf/about-spf