Academic Sustainability
Programs Office


Creating community in a pandemic

Thanks to funding from McMaster Okanagan, Facility Services, the MSU and EcoCanada, McMaster’s Student Sustainability Ambassador Program is an important connection in a virtual world.

Caring for the outdoors, even when we’re all indoors

“We know that 2020 has been a strange year and that it could be a tough time for students with midterms and adjusting to online school, so we wanted to encourage students to get outside, think about the food they eat, the nutrients they get, relax with some fun crafts and switch off their power, lights and laptop to conserve energy and unwind,” Little explained.

Student food Insecurity in the era of COVID-19

Food insecurity is a term rarely used, but experienced by many university students, including those here at McMaster University. In a recent survey conducted by students enrolled in SUSTAIN 3S03, it was discovered that 39 per cent of students experience some form of food insecurity, with 12 per cent experiencing severe food insecurity. 


The students changed McMaster’s IT landscape. Here’s how:

“The students found an extremely innovative way to give back to the community, while at the same time encouraging a sustainable alternative to discarding computers”

‪This year, the Climate Change and Health — Innovation Award went to a SUSTAIN 3S03 student group, working on the ‘Trash to Treasure’ project that helped refurbish and donate used computers to children in need!