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  1. Sustainability at McGill …not just for crazy treehugging granolahead nutjobs anymore.

  2. what is rethink mcgill? • McGill environmental policy implementation • Sub-Committee on Environment • Resource for McGill faculty, staff and students • Liaison with community groups • reduce :: re-use :: recycle :: rethink!

  3. not just the right thing to do… Trees = !! Cars = !!! • Prior commitments • Talloires Agreement, Halifax Declaration • Environmental policy/actions (2001-02+’06) • Regulations: proactivity • UN Decade • Ratification of Kyoto Accord • Provincial/municipal regulations Exhibit A. Clueless nut

  4. Island of sustainability? If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

  5. A Web of support • Opportunity for regular dialogue: SCE, SD, EO • Credit for change • Support: Senior administration/grassroots • Paper use policy (2005) • Environmental policy revision (2006) • Academic programs • MSE, Brace, GEC3, VERT, green chemistry…

  6. Campus initiatives • No pesticide use for aesthetic purposes • Green cleaning products • Green purchasing • Fibres (paper/toilet paper) • Equipment/accessories • MMP • Business practices • Paper use policy • E-invoicing • Pay stubs • Phone books

  7. more notable initiatives • Closing the loop • MOARDS • Waste services: e-waste, batteries, etc. • Clean and Green • Transport • VERT • Energy infrastructure • OEE recognition (2003) • Life Sciences Complex: target LEED Silver • Revisions to building standards • Vending machines

  8. The cool stuff • Geothermal heating@Lady Meredith House • Conservation • Morgan Arboretum, Ecomuseum • Gault Nature Reserve • Biodiesel use • Macdonald Campus: bicycle loan project • Energy monitoring system

  9. Yet more notable initiatives • Food Services • Events • Car Free Day is a given! • Week of Action • Recycling: NWRW, audits, awareness • Webcasts • Annual Rethink conference • Sustainability Pledge • 2,000 signatures by Convocation 2008? • Défi climat (launch April 2008)

  10. Greener living • Biking • Macdonald Campus bikeshare project • Parking tips • Safe Cycling Guide • Driving • Idling • Waste • Computer store • Eco-Quartier/Info-Collectes: recycling + e-waste • Smoking zones

  11. Be empowered: take action! • Paper use policy • Copy Services • Inform peers/professors • Mi casa es tu casa – take ownership! • Call 4560/7828 for recycling issues • Call 4555/7828 for building problems • Raise awareness • Energy use/water consumption: MEQ 14% • Green Buildings • Recycling/composting • Communication/education

  12. Taking action • The environment is everyone’s business • Sign the pledge! • Rethink – contradictory actions • Talk about it: talkrethink.mcgill.ca • Annual Rethink conference • Your feedback is valued!

  13. transparency: working together • Questions? Comments? Problems? Suggestions? Bring it on! • Call 398-6247 or 5697 • E-mail rethink@mcgill.ca • RETHINKFORUM LISTSERV • Online: www.mcgill.ca/rethink • SIGN THE SUSTAINABILITY PLEDGE/Défi climat • Shout out: http://talkrethink.mcgill.ca • Facebook