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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Silver

STARS v1.1

McGill University

Montreal, QC, CA


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date President's Letter
Silver 56.03 Kathleen Ng Aug. 1, 2012 Download

Characteristics

Full-time Equivalent Enrollment 30,482
Number of Undergraduate Students 25,938
Number of Graduate Students 8,881
Full-time Equivalent Employees Not Available
Institution type Master
Institutional control Public
Endowment size 983,060,000
Percentage of students that are Residential 8.7
Percentage of students that are Full-time commuter 72.8
Percentage of students that are Part-time commuter 18.5
Percentage of students that are On-line only 0.0
Gross square feet of building space 6,796,165.0
Gross square feet of laboratory space 2,680,921.52
Acres of cultivated grounds 1,657.0
Acres of undeveloped land 1,000.0
Climate region Not Available

Campus Features

Feature Is Present? Is Included in Report
Agricultural School Yes Yes
Medical School Yes Yes
Pharmacy School No No
Public Health No No
Veterinary School No No
Satellite No No
Hospital No No
Farm Yes Yes
Agricultural experiment station Yes Yes

Additional Details

Founded in 1821, McGill University is a publicly-funded research university in Quebec with an enrolment of approximately 38,000 students. Approximately 10,000 people are employed at McGill; 1,700 of them are tenure-track faculty members and many more are academic staff. The primary language of instruction and business at McGill is English. The university’s 22 faculties and schools are spread out over two campuses in the Montreal region, with research activities and stations extending worldwide.
McGill University is a research-intensive teaching institution with the mission of:
“… the advancement of learning through teaching, scholarship and service to society: by offering to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students the best education available; by carrying out scholarly activities judged to be excellent when measured against the highest international standards; and by providing service to society in those ways for which we are well-suited by virtue of our academic strengths.”
A quick browse of the McGill University website and promotional materials highlights several elements of McGill’s strategic positioning and institutional points of pride:
• Excellence—Consistently ranked as a top university in Canada and one of the top 20 worldwide, whose students and faculty are notable for their many achievements and awards.
• Research-intensiveness—$470 million in research funding in FY 2010, a high publication impact rating, and cutting-edge research groups in numerous fields from medicine to music.
• International reach—McGill’s students come from approximately 150 countries and its alumni and research networks spread to even more. Half of McGill’s students speak a first language other than English.
As an anglophone university in a francophone province, within a complex, vibrant, multicultural, multilingual city, McGill is inseparable from its place. The role of McGill University in Montreal is broad and varied—it is affiliated with a comprehensive health-care network; is custodian to many culturally significant museums, concert halls and libraries; and is the steward of two of the largest green spaces in the greater Montreal region (the Morgan Arboretum and the Gault Nature Reserve).
McGill is also defined by the ways in which it bridges urban and natural spaces. The main campus lies in the heart of downtown Montreal, almost entirely within the Historic and Natural District of Mount Royal. McGill owns more than 100 buildings on its downtown campus, most constructed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
In contrast, McGill’s Macdonald campus, home to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is located at the western tip of the Island of Montreal in Sainte Anne-de-Bellevue. The Macdonald campus is home to only 130 full-time faculty and 1,000 students, but consists of over 645 hectares, including a working farm, greenhouses, horticultural field research facilities and the Morgan Arboretum.

Credit Status Points
Student Sustainability Educators Program Complete 0.94 / 5.00
Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign Complete 5.00 / 5.00
Sustainability in New Student Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Outreach and Publications Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Student Group Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Organic Garden Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Model Room in a Residence Hall Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Themed Housing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Sustainable Enterprise Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Sustainability Events Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Outdoors Program Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Themed Semester or Year Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
McGill University's downtown campus occupies 32 hectares within the Historic and Natural District of Mount Royal, a heritage zone created by the Government of Quebec in 2005. Most of the more than 100 buildings ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 2.63 / 7.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 0.00 / 4.00
Indoor Air Quality Complete 2.00 / 2.00
McGill's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are influenced by the GHG emissions per unit of energy. Electricity in Quebec produces the lowest GHG emissions per GJ of any province due to its primary reliance on ... read more
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Complete 1.00 / 2.00
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Complete 2.64 / 14.00
Air Travel Emissions Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Local Offsets Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
McGill Food and Dining Services (MFDS) is a self-financing unit operating under a mixed business model, comprised of self-operated locations, food facilities and catering services managed by food service providers and tenants. McGill Food and ... read more
Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 3.96 / 6.00
Trayless Dining Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Vegan Dining Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Trans-Fats Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Guidelines for Franchisees Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
PostConsumer Food Waste Composting Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Food Donation Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Recycled Content Napkins Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Reusable Mug Discounts Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Reusable To-Go Containers Complete 0.25 / 0.25
McGill University's energy consumption is largely determined by the following key factors. • Age of the buildings: The average age of buildings at McGill University is 55 years, and 36% of its buildings were constructed ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 1.86 / 8.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Not Pursuing 0.00 / 7.00
Timers for Temperature Control Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Lighting Sensors Complete 0.25 / 0.25
LED Lighting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Vending Machine Sensors Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Energy Management System Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Energy Metering Complete 0.25 / 0.25
McGill University is currently devoting extensive time and resources to greening the grounds on the downtown campus by working to establish increased pedestrian zones, reduced impermeable surfaces, xeriscaping, improved biodiversity and increased green space. The ... read more
Credit Status Points
Integrated Pest Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Native Plants Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Wildlife Habitat Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Tree Campus USA Complete 0.00 / 0.25
Snow and Ice Removal Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Compost Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Procurement Services is embarking on a sustainability strategy for its procurement efforts. A McGill purchasing policy is currently being developed and is undergoing an approval process. McGill has had a paper use policy in effect ... read more
Credit Status Points
Computer Purchasing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.94 / 2.00
Vendor Code of Conduct Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Historically Underutilized Businesses Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Local Businesses Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.10 / 2.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 3.80 / 4.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 2.52 / 3.00
Bicycle Sharing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Facilities for Bicyclists Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Bicycle Plan Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Mass Transit Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Condensed Work Week Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Telecommuting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Cash-out of Parking Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Carpool Discount Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Local Housing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Prohibiting Idling Not Applicable 0.00 /
Car Sharing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Credit Status Points
Waste Reduction Complete 3.59 / 5.00
Waste Diversion Complete 1.01 / 3.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Not Pursuing 0.00 / 1.00
Electronic Waste Recycling Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Materials Exchange Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Limiting Printing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Materials Online Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Chemical Reuse Inventory Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Move-In Waste Reduction Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Move-Out Waste Reduction Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Credit Status Points
Water Consumption Not Pursuing 0.00 / 7.00
Stormwater Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Waterless Urinals Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Building Water Metering Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Non-Potable Water Usage Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Xeriscaping Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Weather-Informed Irrigation Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Strategic Plan Complete 2.00 / 6.00
Physical Campus Plan Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Sustainability Plan Not Pursuing 0.00 / 3.00
Climate Action Plan Complete 2.00 / 2.00
The McGill community is rich in cultural and ethnic diversity and strives to be welcoming and accessible to all. Below are examples of some of the actions McGill has taken to support this goal. Committees ... read more
Credit Status Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Measuring Campus Diversity Culture Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Support Programs for Future Faculty Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Affordability and Access Programs Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Gender Neutral Housing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Employee Training Opportunities Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Student Training Opportunities Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Credit Status Points
Sustainable Compensation Complete 8.00 / 8.00
Employee Satisfaction Evaluation Not Pursuing 0.00 / 2.00
Staff Professional Development in Sustainability Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability in New Employee Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Employee Sustainability Educators Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 5.00
Childcare Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Employee Wellness Program Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Socially Responsible Retirement Plan Complete 0.25 / 0.25
McGill’s endowment has investments in renewable energy funds, though these funds make up a very small portion of the total. McGill University also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors, however, the ... read more
Credit Status Points
Committee on Socially Responsible Investment Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Shareholder Advocacy Not Pursuing 0.00 / 5.00
Positive Sustainability Investments Not Pursuing 0.00 / 9.00
Student-Managed SRI Fund Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Socially Responsible Investment Policy Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
McGill does not address questions of sustainability in isolation. There are numerous linkages between the McGill community and local, regional, national and international organizations and projects. It is important to acknowledge, however, that McGill’s ... read more
Credit Status Points
Community Sustainability Partnerships Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration on Sustainability Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability in Continuing Education Complete 4.00 / 7.00
Community Service Participation Not Pursuing 0.00 / 6.00
Community Service Hours Not Pursuing 0.00 / 6.00
Sustainability Policy Advocacy Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Trademark Licensing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 4.00
Graduation Pledge Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Community Service on Transcripts Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Farmers' Market Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Credit Status Points
Innovation 1 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 2 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 3 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 4 Complete 1.00 / 1.00

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