Newly Certified Sustainable Offices at McGill: Spring 2022

Celebrating a sustainable spring can mean more than just starting seedlings.

For three McGill workplaces, a sustainable spring has meant a recommitment to integrating sustainable practices into their daily lives, at home and in the office, with the Sustainable Workplace Certification Program. From developing a better understanding of the social dimension of sustainability to learning how to further reduce waste, these teams have used the program to find sustainable habits that work for them.

Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED) – Bronze

Numbernumber of team members: 4

Sustainability goal: Improving our habits and environment at work and at home, and finding new team-building initiatives to promote sustainability at McGill.

Sustainability is a core principle of the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED).

“TISED’s mission is to catalyze innovative engineering and design solutions to overcome local and global sustainability challenges,” explained Ambassador Parisa Hassani.

While TISED offers McGill engineering students interdisciplinary course options, research funding, and opportunities to participate in symposia, lectures, and conferences, the team behind the Institute felt it was all equally important to embody the values ​​of sustainability in its daily work. .

With bronze-level certification, the team has committed to actions such as prioritizing reusable tableware at home and in the office, sharing details about proper waste disposal on campus, and planning stepping away from the computer to enjoy each other’s company at lunchtime. .

“Receiving this certification would provide the TISED team with recognition and encouragement to continue playing our part in making McGill University a more sustainable institution,” said Hassani.

Desautels Faculty of Management Master’s Office – Silver

Number of team members: 21

Silver Level Action Example: Work towards achieving gold level certification in 2022

“We achieved Bronze level certification at the end of 2021 and we wanted to build on this momentum and pursue our Silver certification,” explained Ambassador Wesley McCoy.

With silver-level certification, McCoy said his team gained greater “awareness of small actions that can have a big impact on our sustainability.”

“Our team gained a deeper appreciation and awareness to make sustainable choices in their daily lives. Small actions have a big impact,” he said.

McCoy continued that through certification, his team has developed an interest in the three dimensions of sustainability – environmental, economic and social – and how they relate to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives. their faculty.

Maude Abbott Medical Museum (MAMM) – Silver

Number of team members: ten

Example of a silver level action: create a medicinal garden in the unused planters in front of the Strathcona building.

“We wanted to challenge ourselves and our colleagues to be more deliberate in our actions,” said Callum Mullen, Sustainable Workplace Ambassador.

Research practices undertaken by MAMM team members inherently produce waste, Mullen said. Going forward with the certification program, “we have sought to reduce the waste that we produce as a team to try to bring some of these practices back into our own classrooms, labs and groups of friends.”

Through their participation in the Sustainable Workplace Certification Program, Mullen said these practices have become a habit.

“With Bronze certification under our belt, we rarely have to think about sustainability practices, it has become second nature,” Mullen said. We are happy to implement changes and encourage other teams to do the same.

The Sustainable Workplace Certification Program includes environmental, economic and social action elements to inspire lasting change at work and at home. Learn more here.

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