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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.

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McGill University

Montreal, QC, CA


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date President's Letter
Expired Expired 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.

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
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete
Building Design and Construction Complete
Indoor Air Quality Complete
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
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Complete
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Complete
Air Travel Emissions Not Pursuing
Local Offsets Program Not Pursuing
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
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Trayless Dining Complete
Vegan Dining Complete
Trans-Fats Complete
Guidelines for Franchisees Complete
Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting Complete
PostConsumer Food Waste Composting Not Pursuing
Food Donation Complete
Recycled Content Napkins Complete
Reusable Mug Discounts Complete
Reusable To-Go Containers Complete
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
Building Energy Consumption Complete
Clean and Renewable Energy Not Pursuing
Timers for Temperature Control Complete
Lighting Sensors Complete
LED Lighting Complete
Vending Machine Sensors Complete
Energy Management System Complete
Energy Metering Complete
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
Integrated Pest Management Complete
Native Plants Complete
Wildlife Habitat Complete
Tree Campus USA Complete
Snow and Ice Removal Complete
Compost Complete
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
Computer Purchasing Not Pursuing
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete
Office Paper Purchasing Complete
Vendor Code of Conduct Complete
Historically Underutilized Businesses Not Pursuing
Local Businesses Not Pursuing
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
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete
Measuring Campus Diversity Culture Complete
Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups Complete
Support Programs for Future Faculty Complete
Affordability and Access Programs Complete
Gender Neutral Housing Complete
Employee Training Opportunities Complete
Student Training Opportunities Complete
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
Committee on Socially Responsible Investment Complete
Shareholder Advocacy Not Pursuing
Positive Sustainability Investments Not Pursuing
Student-Managed SRI Fund Not Pursuing
Socially Responsible Investment Policy Complete
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing
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
Community Sustainability Partnerships Complete
Inter-Campus Collaboration on Sustainability Complete
Sustainability in Continuing Education Complete
Community Service Participation Not Pursuing
Community Service Hours Not Pursuing
Sustainability Policy Advocacy Complete
Trademark Licensing Not Pursuing
Graduation Pledge Not Pursuing
Community Service on Transcripts Not Pursuing
Farmers' Market Complete
Credit Status
Innovation 1 Complete
Innovation 2 Complete
Innovation 3 Complete
Innovation 4 Complete

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