Living sustainably is all about the small things: making simple swaps to create more mindful habits.
Throughout April 2021, three offices at McGill have recommitted to embedding sustainability into their daily routines by making these simple swaps with the help of the Sustainable Workplace Certification program.
The Maude Abbott Medical Museum, Faculty of Law Admissions, and the McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL) all demonstrate that whether at home or in the office, even small teams can create a big impact.
Maude Abbott Medical Museum – Bronze
Number of team members: 8
Bronze-level goal: To educate team members on sustainable goals and initiatives
“Renewal of the certification has renewed out team’s commitment to following sustainable practices,” says Joan O’Malley, administrative coordinator at the Museum.
O’Malley says that as a result of the renewed certification, her team has adapted their work habits in many ways, including reducing printing, prioritizing mental health by taking breaks, and purchasing environmental-friendly products.
“One aspect of our work habits that has changed is that our team works more often collaboratively with other units on recycling and reducing environmental impact,” she says. “Our team has responded in an enthusiastic manner and appreciates the tips on reducing and recycling waste, more efficient use of space and repurposing furniture and IT equipment.”
Faculty of Law Admission – Bronze
Number of team members: 5
Bronze-level goal: To set an example of sustainable workplace practices as we welcome new law students to McGill.
“Certification has impacted our work by increasing our awareness of making sustainable choices when buying supplies and planning events,” says Ennaea Currie, admission coordinator. She says that the Faculty of Law Admissions team has embraced any changes they have had to make and that “it hasn’t felt like a big imposition at all.”
“It has also encouraged us to encourage other offices in our department to get certified!”
McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL) – Bronze
Number of team members: 4
Bronze-level commitment: Eliminating single-use water bottles by choosing tap or filtered water, both at home and in the office.
“Caring for creation and for our fellow humans is a core value for MORSL,” the team says. “We believe that even a small office like ours can make a difference, and that every effort counts in achieving sustainability.”
“We’re proud to collectively recommit to this process and live our community’s values,” says MORSL.
The Sustainable Workplace Certification program includes environmentally, economically, and socially aware action items to inspire sustainable changes at work and at home. Learn how to get started or how to become a Sustainable Workplace Ambassador here.
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