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Let’s get to work. Jim A. Nicell, PhD, PEng. Associate Vice-Principal (University Services) James McGill Professor, Civil Engineering & Applied Mechanics Associate Member, McGill School of Environment. Traditional Approach. A Sustainable Approach. What the University must do.

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let s get to work

Let’s get to work

Jim A. Nicell, PhD, PEng

Associate Vice-Principal (University Services)

James McGill Professor, Civil Engineering & Applied Mechanics

Associate Member, McGill School of Environment

what the university must do
What the University must do
  • Develop and implement policies, guidelines & plans to achieve a tidal shift in culture
    • Environmental Policy
    • Sustainability Policy
    • Planning & Design Principles of the Master Plan
    • Green Building Standards
    • Purchasing Policy
    • Sustainable Development Plan
what the university must do1
What the University must do
  • Set strategic goals and measure progress
  • Coordinate sustainability initiatives
  • Prioritize the spending of our limited resources
  • Integrate sustainability concepts into all operations and the jobs of all employees
  • Shift to long-term views incorporating life-cycle analyses
  • Educate community members and set expectations
  • Create incentives to change behaviours
what the university must do2
What the University must do
  • Energy: reduce demand, increase efficiency, shift to clean renewables
  • Materials: renewable, durable, easy to maintain
  • Move to paperless forms of information collection, exchange, dissemination and storage
  • Transportation demand management
  • Enhance recycling across our campuses
  • Purchasing policy: sustainable specifications for equipment, vehicles and products, choice of suppliers, shift to local acquisition of goods
  • Enhance biomass: Green space and grounds
what individuals must do
What individuals must do
  • Take responsibility
  • Adjust expectations and change behaviours
  • Think globally, act locally
  • Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Take concrete steps: Adopt the pledge
  • Make informed choices
  • Share and explore ideas
  • Collaborate with new initiatives
what individuals must do1
What individuals must do
  • In the short term, start by reducing consumption:
    • Paper
    • Bottled water
    • Solvents, Chemicals (e.g., $5 for 1 g, $10 for 25 g)
    • Choose devices based on durability and flexibility of use (avoid devices designed for obsolescence)
    • Share and exchange equipment/facilities
    • Consider impacts of both acquiring and operating facilities and equipment
    • Power consumption (lights, computers, etc.)
    • Adopt alternative modes of transportation
what individuals must do2
What individuals must do
  • Recycling (do it right)
next steps
Next Steps
  • Measure our footprint
  • Prioritize our actions
  • Set SMART objectives
    • Strategic
    • Measured
    • Agreed-on
    • Realistic
    • Timed
  • Benchmark our progress