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Academic Sustainability Programs Office


To inspire in all students a desire for continued learning and inquiry through experiential education.


To realize our mission, we strive to provide all McMaster students with the opportunity to take part in interdisciplinary, student-led, community-based, and experiential learning focused on sustainability. Key to achieving these objectives is developing and fostering strong community connections, both within the University and the broader city of Hamilton. Additionally, supporting students to equip themselves with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful in their learning is instrumental to their success as lifelong learners.


Priority Programs:

To achieve our objectives, McMaster’s Academic Sustainability Programs Office offers  the following programs listed below.  More information on each program can be found by clicking on the appropriate links to the left.

  • Sustainable Future Program: A suite of four undergraduate courses focused on sustainability. Courses are open to all students, independent of their home Faculty. 
  • The Sustainability Internship Program: An opportunity for students to develop and implement a real-world sustainability project and receive course credit from their home Faculty upon successful completion.
  • Graduate/Undergraduate Collaboration in Experiential Learning (GUCEL): An opportunity for students to work in collaboration with undergraduate and graduate students to develop and implement a real-world sustainability project and receive academic recognition upon successful completion.  
  • Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability: An opportunity for students to choose from a list of sustainability courses from Faculties across campus and tailor a minor to complement their undergraduate degree and education.
  • Community-based Leadership in Sustainability (CLS): Opportunities to connect with diverse members of the community around local sustainability issues, facilitated through a series of free events and workshops that are open to all.

Connect With Us:

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  • Facebook & Twitter: Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on sustainability-related news, programs, events as well as career and volunteer opportunities.
  • LinkedIn Group: Join our LinkedIn group and become part of an online community of sustainability-minded individuals.  Take the opportunity to share, learn, and connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds including academia, industry, community, and more.


News & Events

Academic Sustainability Programs Office Annual Report 2015-2016

Take a read through McMaster’s ASP Office Annual Report, which includes updates on the Office’s five main programs and highlights 16 student-led and community-based experiential learning projects.

NEW Sustain Course!

Learn more about McMaster's newest Sustainability course, Sustain 4S06 - Leadership in Sustainability

Draft syllabus documents can be found on their respective course page:

Sustain 1S03 - Introduction to Sustainability

Sustain 2S03 - Evaluating Problems & Sustainable Solutions

Sustain 3S03 - Implementing Sustainable Change

Sustain 4S06 - Leadership in Sustainability

Green Jobs Event: Networking Tips

Wondering what to do after attending a networking event, such as our recent Green Jobs event? McMaster’s Student Success Centre has prepared a one-page resource of helpful tips on making the most of your networking experience.

Sustain Students in the News!

Sustain 3S03 students Chitman Josan and Warren Viegas worked with community project champion Serguei Tchertok from Grand & Toy to research student perceptions of employer's commitment to sustainability. Their work has been featured in the Waterloo Record.

Read Chitman and Warren's one-page report here.
Read the full report here.

Bruce Trail Magazine

The work of Sustain 3S03 students from the Bruce Trail Conservancy Community Outreach Project has been featured in the spring 2015 issue of the Bruce Trail Magazine.

Click here to read the report.


Date Last Updated: 07.06.2016

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