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MEMBER FOCUS: Creating a Culture of Sustainable Practices in the McGill University Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences

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The McGill University Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF) committee recently approved a new initiative within the McGill University Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences (McGill FOD) entitled “Creating a Culture of Sustainability in the McGill Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences.” 

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The project was spearheaded by Christophe Bedos, D.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor at McGill FOD. The project has received $54,500 for its first phase, which will last one year and focuses on planning.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for all of us at the Faculty to do our part in addressing the issues of climate change and loss of biodiversity,” says Dr. Bedos. “We will probably be among the first medical and dental faculties in the world to do so.”

Alongside the establishment of a sustainability committee within the McGill FOD, the project will also assess the direct and indirect carbon emissions, waste and water consumption and the development of objectives and strategies for eco-sustainability. This process will require collaborative efforts from all McGill FOD members, including undergraduate and graduate students, staff, academics and potentially patients from the dental clinics.

To facilitate this complex undertaking, the McGill FOD will collaborate with Synergie Santé Environnement, a non-governmental organization with expertise in guiding health institutions toward environmental sustainability.

Although the project is only funded for one year, the Sustainability Projects Fund may contribute to funding two additional years, which would allow it to continue and implement a waste and carbon reduction strategy.

McGill FOD’s commitment to sustainability marks a significant step toward a greener future, showcasing its dedication to environmental stewardship and innovation in the dental professions.

Courtesy of McGill University Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences

Published on May 8, 2024

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