McGill Environment Students' Society

McGill Environment Students' Society The McGill Environment Students’ Society (MESS) represents undergraduate and diploma Environment students at McGill University.

Hello everyone! Hope you are all safe and keeping well during this time 💚For those interested in sustainability on campu...
05/13/2020
Sustainability Commissioner

Hello everyone! Hope you are all safe and keeping well during this time 💚

For those interested in sustainability on campus, check out this link to a job opportunity with the SSMU!

https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/StudentSocietyMcGillUniversity/743999711715813-sustainability-commissioner?fbclid=IwAR2QFSed7sEUEfVHIRuh14jUa48_AHLa7xgZABSRFza6J8VPdTViKO65rWI

Company Description: With over 20,000 members, SSMU’s role is to represent undergraduate students and to offer them services since 1908.***Comptant plus de 20,000 membres, le rôle de l’AÉUM a été de représenter les étudiants de premier cycle et de leur offrir des services depuis l’année...

Decarbonization is not divestment. We'd like to express our sincerest gratitude and admiration for the folks of Divest M...
04/24/2020

Decarbonization is not divestment.

We'd like to express our sincerest gratitude and admiration for the folks of Divest McGill who took the time to dissect, analyze, and transparently interpret the suspiciously misleading email from Principal Fortier. If you had a hard time understanding the inaccessible bureaucratic jargon of McGill's involvement in the fossil fuel industry, please check out Divest's post where they break down what McGill’s plans are for future investments in fossil fuels and their “commitments” to sustainability.

Did you see Principal Fortier’s email yesterday? If you found the sustainability jargon confusing and misleading, you weren’t the only one. To be clear: McGill is NOT divesting - and yes the difference between decarbonization and divestment is crucial.

In the email, Fortier reiterated the university’s greenwashed “decarbonization” plan released last semester. Decarbonization describes efforts to reduce the “carbon intensity” of McGill’s endowment. While this sounds promising in name, in reality McGill is engaging in sustainability PR.

By targeting “carbon intensity”, McGill only accounts for the act of burning the fuels, excusing companies whose primary business is extraction or transport. This means that the activities of fossil fuel companies, who own and profit off the largest sources of carbon emissions, are conveniently let off the hook.

Decarbonization also fails to account for the fossil fuel industry’s specific role in fueling the climate crisis and bringing violence against Indigenous peoples through land grabs; arrests; violence towards women, girls, and two spirit folks; and the situation of extraction on Indigenous homelands. **While divestment as we demand (from TC Energy for example - the company currently forcing the CGL pipeline through unceded Wet’suwet’en territory) would signal to policymakers that the fossil fuel industry should no longer be funded, “decarbonization” continues to grant this immoral industry social license to operate.** These are the same companies that have for decades produced false science on climate change and lobbied against strong climate policies - and continue to do so.

Let’s not fall for McGill’s greenwashing. For the third time in eight years since our campaign’s inception, McGill has rejected fossil fuel divestment in favor of continued financing of human and environmental violence.

Stay safe everyone. And stay critical.

04/05/2020

Hello all 💚 We are incredibly excited to announce the results of our elections for the 2020-2021 MESS Executive Committee.

Co-Presidents: Kasia Johnson & Camille Clement
VP Academic: Laurianne Debanne
VP Communications: Sacha Wright
VP Finance: Mathilde Fusaro-Lanctot
VP Student Life: Sophie Cardinal
VP Events: Jessie Ye
VP Ext - AUS: Michael Rhamey
VP Ext - SUS: Avery Hagerman
VP Ext - BASIC: Kassidy Anderson
VP Ext- Mac: Helen Turvene

We want to extend a huge thank you to all those who ran and hope you continue to be a member of our amazing community. This is sure to be an exciting year 💚🌳

Bonus points if you've cried in Kathy's office about your degree :)PS if you've never voted in a MESS election, tomorrow...
03/31/2020

Bonus points if you've cried in Kathy's office about your degree :)

PS if you've never voted in a MESS election, tomorrow's the day to scratch off that square because voting opens April 1st.

Hello friends! Check out this link - it's a great potential resource for people looking to stay socially connected durin...
03/30/2020
Love in the Time of Corona // L’Amour dans le Temps du Corona

Hello friends! Check out this link - it's a great potential resource for people looking to stay socially connected during this difficult time.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CygXQZPDu5Bv2hvLjz99iX6jODpKWOE1C1TNf6gNP-Y/viewform?ts=5e80bf77&fbclid=IwAR1EoVGR-D45QdN3Zu5l0w_7qyAxSCO5x2FvnQn4LM-0JrqGTEXTAGLbXkg&edit_requested=true#responses

We are a collective of individuals from the McGill community who are coming together to find various ways to support people going through this trying time. Although we are McGill-based, our services are not limited to McGill students. Please note that our services are not intended to replace clinica...

03/27/2020

Hey all, your friendly MESS check-in regarding ~elections~ and ~clothing orders~

Campaigning for next year's Exec team is currently underway and we have a super exciting roster of candidates running for positions. Be sure to check out all the Facebook events and platforms for more information on the candidates. Campaigning runs until > Tues, March 31 @ 5pm < and online voting is open from > Wed, April 1 @ 12pm < until > Fri, April 3 @ 12pm

Are you a passionate individual dedicated to resolving environmental and social issues? Looking to get involved with the...
03/26/2020
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Are you a passionate individual dedicated to resolving environmental and social issues? Looking to get involved with the sustainability community at McGill? If so, the Research and Sustainability Network (RSN) would love to have you on our 2020-2021 executive team!

RSN provides a platform for students and academics to promote sustainability-related discussions through the lens of academia and research. This is done by hosting regular sustainability-related speaker series, networking events, and conferences, where we aim to connect undergraduates with McGill researchers while stimulating meaningful conversations on some of the biggest challenges of the 21st century.

Don’t miss your chance to join an amazing team of motivated, like-minded individuals! Applications will close on Wednesday, April 1st at 11:59PM - apply now!

Application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScDgqQ3e8bMiesfOkjJthk0883OYX547HxfmRwN8DM38TEA5w/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3b4gb4Mz61uKGXVO0CJ1_4SINQaRviaEfYzB4VfLCBbA912_1Ez0bEfj4

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Amidst everything, we are indeed still going ahead with MESS elections!! Please read on for the adaptations we've made t...
03/16/2020
MESS Positions: Outline and Summary

Amidst everything, we are indeed still going ahead with MESS elections!! Please read on for the adaptations we've made to the nominations process in light of the current situation.

ELECTIONS PROCEDURE

Instead of collecting in-person signatures, we ask that you get 10 students from the MSE to message or email you their names, student number, faculty & year, and a statement that "I support [Your Name] as a candidate for the [VP Position] on MESS."

Please screenshot/take photos of these messages and email them (as a batch, in one email) to [email protected], along with a 150-word blurb that will be used as your election platform. ***If you do not personally know 10 students in the MSE, feel free to reach out to current exec members - all of our contact information is listed below and we would be happy to support your candidacy!***

Students on exchange or on field study semesters are also definitely welcome to submit themselves as candidates this way!

The DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS has been extended to Friday, March 20th at 11:59 P.M.

Summary and Outline of Positions

VP Finance
Responsible for:
monetary flow in/out of MESS accounts
budgeting finances for yearly MESS events and operations
keeping a record of all financial transactions
ensuring reimbursements are made in a timely and appropriate manner
maintaining long-term records of MESS Coffee Co-Op, overseeing the Co-Op’s finances through reports from the Co-Op’s Finance Coordinator


VP Events
Responsible for:
outlining logistics and tasks of events
collaborating with appropriate VPs and student groups when possible
contacting necessary vendors, supervisors, and representatives for events
ensuring accessibility (in all its forms) is promoted and practiced during MESS events


VP Student Life
Responsible for:
liaising between the MESS Executive, Coffee Co-Op, and Campus Crops
overseeing MESSy Lounge practices and maintenance
supporting the VP Communications with event promotion


VP Academic
Responsible for:
representing student and MESS interests to the McGill School of Environment
sitting in on faculty roundtable meetings and any other academically relevant committees
coordinating academic events for students


VP Communications
Responsible for:
communicating with students via social media, the listserv submission form, and weekly listservs
maintaining and updating MESS social media platforms when relevant
collaborating with the VP Student Life for creating promotional event materials
keeping meeting minutes during MESS Executive meetings


VP External - AUS
Responsible for:
attending AUS meetings
representing the interests of B.A. students to the AUS
attending relevant AUS events as a representative of MESS


VP External - SUS
Responsible for:
attending SUS meetings
representing the interests of B.Sc. students to the SUS
attending relevant SUS events as a representative of MESS


VP External - BASiC
Responsible for:
attending BASiC meetings
representing the interests of B.A. & B.Sc. students to BASiC
attending relevant BASiC events as a representative of MESS


VP External - Mac Campus
Responsible for:
representing the interests of MESS before MCSS and AESUS when required
represent the interests of B.Sc. (Ag.Env.Sc) Environment students to MESS
attending relevant Mac events as a representative of MESS

***Please note that the VP External - SSMU position has been REMOVED as of the 2020-2021 council. Therefore, we will not be accepting any nominations for this position.***

If you have questions about these positions, feel free to contact one of our current execs (we are happy to help!! you are not a bother!!):

Co-Presidents: Cristina Venegas & Margot Maclaren ([email protected] / [email protected])
VP Finance: Kasia Johnson ([email protected])
VP Events: Claire McPhee ([email protected])
VP Student Life: Jessie Ye ([email protected])
VP Academic: Camille Clement ([email protected])
VP Communications: Cole Lee / Sacha Wright ([email protected] / [email protected])
VP External - AUS: Myriam Driss ([email protected])
VP External - SUS: Avery Hagerman / Anna Buchanan ([email protected] / [email protected])
VP External - BASiC: Kira Moodliar ([email protected])
VP External - SSMU: Michael Rhamey ([email protected])
VP External - Mac Campus: Helen Turvene ([email protected])

Please consult the following links for further information:

Outlines and Summaries of Executive Positions:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/12qGjc0jiFFa206ngIDj4b9ryMMYWj2_fyKIL-kpwEQ0/edit?usp=sharing

Nomination Form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w0A_IBPz-FYJ2olu8NPI7EoSsMFSnoc6oeJE9UDvMlo/edit?usp=sharing

Constitutional Information on Elections:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aW034LcY-iEiRdzQEz8f0oTQbYOVZ5nwbkWxnykfLtM/edit?usp=sharing

Summary and Outline of Positions VP Finance Responsible for: monetary flow in/out of MESS accounts budgeting finances for yearly MESS events and operations keeping a record of all financial transactions ensuring reimbursements are made in a timely and appropriate manner maintaining long-term reco...

The MSVF is Quebec’s first student-led impact investment fund. We invest and support high-impact social ventures and org...
03/12/2020
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The MSVF is Quebec’s first student-led impact investment fund. We invest and support high-impact social ventures and organizations that address local issues. The MSVF application for the 2020-2021 Associates is now open!

While it is an investment team, MSVF does not only seek business students but rather embraces diversity of all types and prioritizes those with a deep drive for social impact and leadership. We want to recruit fairly, and have as many people as possible be aware of this opportunity. The deadline for the application is March 15, 2020, 11:59 PM.

There is more information available on the application form as well: https://forms.gle/cZCqjGjgf5wpn1NQ6

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03/11/2020

⁉️ Who wants to be a MESS EXEC??⁉️

The nomination process to run for the 2020-2021 MESS executive is now OPEN!

We've all loved acting as your executive over the past year, and we're ready to hand over our roles to the next team. Apply now to help create community among students of the MSE and to gain valuable leadership experience!!

We are accepting applications for the following VP positions:
- VP Academic
- VP Finance
- VP Events
- VP Student Life
- VP Communications
- VP External – AUS
- VP External – SUS
- VP External – Macdonald Campus
- VP External – BASiC

Please note that we are NOT accepting nominations for the VP External - SSMU position (this position has been removed), and that First Year Reps will run for the positions at the beginning of the F2020 semester. Furthermore, Co-Presidents are nominated from the current executive.

Find info and the nomination form at the following link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_waZwE6TCyo6-APebkJDEFT9KtL-4eFB?usp=sharing

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 16th, by 11:59 PM.

As always, feel free to message our page or email [email protected] with any questions you have!

FREE public lecture hosted by the MSE coming up on March 19th, featuring Jean Lemire!!
03/06/2020

FREE public lecture hosted by the MSE coming up on March 19th, featuring Jean Lemire!!

MSE Environment Public Lecture on March 19 (An Odyssey of Change by Jean Lemire) is being cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Photo credit: Glacialis Productions

02/25/2020

‼️ FOR THOSE WHO PLACED A CLOTHING ORDER WITH MESS: CHECK YOUR EMAILS‼️

We are collecting ca$h for the orders this week and THIS WEEK ONLY, and if we do not receive money from you WE WILL NOT PLACE YOUR ORDER.

If the times to meet with us don't work for you, email us! We'll figure something out!

Have you checked out this year's MESSy clothing order yet?? We have apparel with the (relatively) new MESS logo (SO CUTE...
02/13/2020
2020 MESS Clothing Order

Have you checked out this year's MESSy clothing order yet?? We have apparel with the (relatively) new MESS logo (SO CUTE) as well as the ~classic~ green McGill School of Environment crew neck 💚👕💚

The DEADLINE to place your order is THIS SUNDAY NIGHT (Feb 16)!!!! Tell us what you want, tell your friends!!

https://forms.gle/SbzfFp4hAkTTi3Nc7

Welcome to the 2020 MESS Clothing Order!! We're super stoked to be offering a range of MSE and MESS-themed items and we hope you find something that you really like :) The clothing order will remain open until February 16th at 11:59 P.M. Make sure to get your request in ahead of the deadline!! Payme...

We would like to recognize and applaud the recent actions of former McGill professor, Dr. Gregory Mikkelson. As many of ...
01/21/2020

We would like to recognize and applaud the recent actions of former McGill professor, Dr. Gregory Mikkelson. As many of you likely know, Dr. Mikkelson resigned from his position as a tenured professor jointly appointed to the McGill School of Environment and Department of Philosophy in response to McGill’s continued refusal to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

As a council, we the executives would like to express our sincerest admiration for Dr. Mikkelson’s decision to amplify the message of the Divest McGill movement, to call attention to the global crisis of climate change, and send a powerful message to the university’s administration. We, the MESS executives, unequivocally and wholeheartedly support Dr. Mikkelson’s act of bravery and his ethics regarding the issue of divestment.

Divest McGill #divestnow

Hi all - we've been asked to pass along the following information about a study looking for participants:"Feeling stress...
01/21/2020

Hi all - we've been asked to pass along the following information about a study looking for participants:

"Feeling stressed and looking for ways to cope? We are looking to recruit a variety of McGill undergraduate students to participate in a brief online stress reduction program. This study aims to teach you skills and strategies to cope with stress through videos and an online resource library, and will ask for your feedback in 3 quick surveys over a 1-month period.

As a token of appreciation for your time and effort, you will be entered in a draw with a 1 in 4 chance of winning 50$!
If you would like to volunteer or hear more information, please e-mail [email protected] or scan the QR code in the attached flyer. Thank you!"

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The Prognosis has extended its submission deadline for the 2018-2019 edition! Please send your papers to [email protected] by Friday, January 18th. We encourage students from all departments to submit.
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