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Sustainability Report 2020-2021

Land Acknowledgment: McMaster University recognizes and acknowledges that it is located on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement.

David Farrar
President and Vice-Chancellor

President’s Letter

McMaster is a university focused on impact. We are ranked among the top 70 universities globally and, through our cutting-edge research and world-class teaching and learning, we are working to advance human and societal health and well-being – in our community and around the world.

Introduction to the Report: Our Sustainability Commitment

At McMaster, the focus on environmental sustainability runs through every part of the university, from innovative teaching and research, to the campus environment and operations. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at the core of many student activities and academic programs, increasingly reflected in a range of research and academic programs.

Introduction to the Report: Our Sustainability Commitment: Read More

Key Pillars

PILLAR 1: Natural Resources Read more

Showcases McMaster’s commitment to the protection and conservation of natural resources, as well as its efforts to contribute to a sustainable food system and address food insecurity on campus.

PILLAR 2: Reducing Our Environmental Impact Read more

Highlights how McMaster builds and operates its campus sustainably, including water, energy, GHG emissions and waste reduction initiatives.

PILLAR 3: Student Learning and Research Read more

Explores McMaster’s efforts to integrate sustainability into its students’
academic experiences.

Cyclist biking toward University Hall Arch on campus.

Concluding Statement

A Message from Debbie Martin,
Assistant Vice-President and Chief Facilities Officer

An abundance of initiatives are occurring across McMaster by students, faculty members and employees to promote sustainability. In this inaugural university-wide Sustainability Report, we are only able to highlight some of this effort, offering a glimpse into our collective ambition to create a more sustainable campus and world.

Concluding Statement: Read More

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Index Table

Please note that the initiatives highlighted in this report are non-exhaustive. For more information on how McMaster is addressing all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals, visit McMaster’s Sustainable Development Goals site and download the McMaster University Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020.