For the second straight year, McGill’s efforts to become more sustainable have been recognized by the Conseil des entreprises en technologies environnementales du Québec (CETEQ) during their annual awards ceremony. François Miller, Director of the McGill Office of Sustainability, attended Tuesday’s EnviroLys Gala where the University’s Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) was a finalist in the Projet vert ICI+ category. The prize recognizes efforts made by institutions or industries – not directly involved in the green economy – to become more sustainable.
“The Sustainability Projects Fund really shows that McGill is really giving itself the financial means to become more sustainable,” Miller told the Reporter. The SPF was created in 2010 and to support green projects, big and small. With close to a million dollars annually, the fund has led to the implementation of more than 220 initiatives, including the ban on the sale of bottled water on McGill’s campuses.
“I’m really grateful to McGill students, who made the SPF possible when it was created 10 years ago and who have been contributing to it since,” added Miller. “Being a finalist for an EnviroLys prize is testimony to McGill’s leadership across Quebec and we’re very proud of this.”