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The 4th Annual MUSE 2016 Symposium

McGill School of Environment Montreal Urban Sustainability Experience (MUSE) presents…

MUSE 2016 symposium invitation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where: Thomson House Ballroom, Friday May 27th, 2016

Event Schedule:

9:30-10:00am Welcome and coffee

10:00-10:10am Opening remarks: Dr. Julia Freeman

10:10-12:00pm MUSE Student Research Presentations: Assessing

Montreal’s Sustainability Plans and Actions
· Montreal’s Tree Canopy and the Emerald Ash Borer
· Montreal Analysis of Food Waste: Causes and Consequences
· Socio-Economic Factors of Accessibility for Local and Nutritious Food
· Walking Away from Cars: Montreal’s St Catherine’s Pedestrian Project
· Compost is Coming: Montreal’s Organic Waste Management Plan

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch and Sustainable Transitions Poster Session

1:30-2:25pm “Cities as Places of Transformation”, Keynote address by Jayne Engle, Curator of Cities for People, and Program Director, the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation

2:25-2:30pm Closing remarks

2:30-3:30pm Reception

All are welcome. Lunch and refreshments provided

MESS Clothing Sale!

MESS Clothing sale is going down!! Check out the items offered this year and put in your orders in for your favs! DEADLINE FOR ORDER FORMS IS MARCH 23RD!

Find the order form here:
https://docs.google.com/…/1wM2kO5PD1U52uPtG4fLgaEZ…/viewform

For more information on the design of the clothes email:
john.ahluwalia@mail.mcgill.ca

The MESS officially endorses a YES vote on the upcoming SSMU Base Fee Increase.

Every year, the SSMU offers more and more services to the growing undergraduate population. The base fee, which has not been raised in nearly eight years, is now stretched very thin. This means that students with great ideas and the ambition to carry these ideas out are being turned down for lack of funds, and the services we currently offer are becoming increasingly harder to sustain.


We believe that McGill students deserve more from their student society: they deserve a thriving hub for student life, services to support their well-being, and the opportunities to develop skills that they can’t always learn in the classroom. It is important that the SSMU be able to maintain and improve student support in an environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable way.
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Join the yes committee here: http://goo.gl/forms/anOKpeZfip
VOTE from January 27th – 29th here: ssmu.simplyvoting.com
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Where will my money be going? 

Approximately half of the membership fee increase of $5.50 per student per semester will go to addressing the priorities identified by students. Students across campus have noted that the SSMU needs to increase funding and support available to clubs and services, to expand mental health resources, and to improve the bookable space in the SSMU building. Some of the money will go to offset the increased costs at Gerts and the Nest, making it easier for students to run profitable events and fundraisers within the space. Finally, by increasing the number of the jobs that we can offer with a fair wage, the SSMU can not only provide a greater service to the McGill community but we can also increase the number of opportunities for students to develop skills and gain experience while studying.

The other half of the membership fee increase will go towards maintaining current SSMU operations, including paying both student and permanent staff, keeping up with building maintenance, and restoring the annual transfer into the capital expenditure reserve fund. Without this fee increase, the SSMU would likely have to cut both permanent and student staff hours, executive portfolios, and more in order to maintain necessary building expenses and avoid the depletion of our capital reserves. This might also translate into increasing costs at Gerts and the Nest, reducing the services we are able to offer to student groups, and raising the costs of attending SSMU run events such as 4 Floors and Faculty Olympics.

Be sure to vote YES from January 27th – 29th at ssmu.simplyvoting.com