The SSMU recognizes the holistic nature of sustainability and the importance of addressing environmental, social, and economic viability. According to the SSMU Sustainability Policy, sustainability does not refer exclusively to environmental considerations, but also encompasses sustainability in regards to justice and equity. These latter aspects of sustainability are addressed by the SSMU Equity Committee, which is tasked to work and collaborate on sustainability-related issues.
As outlined in its Sustainability Policy, the SSMU as a whole aims to foster sustainability on campus by:
The SSMU also has two Sustainability Commissioners on staff. The commissioners play a vital role on the SSMU Environment Committee (EnviroComm), a body made up of students working on a wide variety of projects, including educational initiatives, waste management improvement strategies, and outreach events in an effort to bring together students and the greater Montreal community.
The Sustainability Commissioners contribute to sustainability efforts on campus in a number of ways: they take up the concerns of students, promote the use of the Environment Fund for new projects, and focus on coalition-building between student environmental groups and the campus community. They also help to create new spaces and opportunities for sustainability activism within and outside of the university.
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For more information such as resources, on-campus sustainability groups, policies, funding, and upcoming events, check out the SSMU Environment website at: