MUGS 2/12: LEED Certification, Valedictorian Applications, Social Justice, etc.

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Subject: 2/12
Date: February 12, 2018 at 10:47:36 AM EST





Hey Geographers! Happy Valentines Day! I love love. If you're panicking and have two days to find it-- ambush your crush and do this with them. Otherwise, celebrate friend-love, self-love, and geography-love! Those are precious too. I love you guys <3 Here's whats going with MUGS this week...


Intended to stimulate an alternative political culture in the McGill University community and beyond, Social Justice Days is an event series with workshops, discussions, film screenings, and speakers discussing local and global issues. Social Justice Days testifies to the diversity of critical political engagement on McGill campus, and offers students concrete opportunities to get active in their global community. Social Justice Days is organized by the Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) at McGill. Here is the full scheduleThis workshop about how processes of gentrification and displacement relate to LGBTQ2SI+ communities might be of particular interest.

WHEN: Monday, February 12 @ 1:30-4:30PM
WHERE: McLennan Library Building, Research Commons A

Café Collab invites students who have recently resettled to Canada and students who have experience with permanent resettlement to Canada, to an information session and art-making café. During the information session, students will learn more about the resources available within Student Services and the greater Montreal community. Several community organisations will be present during the workshop to provide information and to answer any questions about the services they offer. The art-making portion will provide a space to share your experiences accessing Student Services, and to identify opportunities that could be taken to better support your needs. This workshop will also be a space for students with similar needs and experiences to meet and connect with each other. RSVP on FB

WHEN: Thursday, February 15 @ 11:30-1:30 PM
WHERE: SSMU (Madeleine Parent Room)

Last year, Café Collab and the McGill Family Care Program used fairy tale stories by student parents to identify how student services can better support them. This year we want to expand the conversation campus-wide! 

We invite all parents and caregivers (students, staff, or faculty) to a relaxed lunchtime workshop to share experiences and ideas for how McGill can better accommodate family life. We will discuss barriers, challenges, and triumphs, and collectively create small storybooks about these experiences. We will use these books and ideas to prompt a follow-up discussion on March 1st. 

We want to hear what supports and services have been helpful, what gaps could be addressed, and how you envision the future of family care at McGill. Help us build the future! 

No art skills or experience required. Free childcare will be provided on site. Please RSVP through this form.

Facebook event link:

February 17th

The Science Internal Committee has partnered with SSMU Ski and Snowboard Club to rally a squad of scoundrels to bus up to Bromont for Nuit Blanche on February 17th!! This excursion from the metropolis of Montreal will be a great way to take a break from midterm craziness and an opportunity to squeeze in some night skiing and fundies with friends while cheering on Team Canada! THIS IS A NIGHT SKI TRIP, so Buses will be leaving at 6pm and returning at 2am! Tickets are 50$ for SUS students. This includes transportation, a lift-ticket, apres ski, and BEERverges! Tickets will be sold at Kill the Keg (every Tuesday night at Gerts) and in person through the SIC committee members. 

When: March 3rd 2018 – 1:00PM to 5:00 PM
Where: Concordia University – John Molson School of Business – Room 5.265

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified as can people! The LEED Green Associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field. To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 8000 students pass their respective exam at a 100% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name! In addition, this professional designation never expires and you will never have to retest if you pass now. 

Early-Bird Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students)
Register here 
More info here



Each year, three outstanding undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts are selected to represent their peers at the Spring Convocation Ceremonies. The Valedictorian Selection Committee is now accepting applications for the Graduating Class of 2018. Applicants will be chosen on the basis of their academic record, leadership, and dedication to the McGill community. They should demonstrate a strong willingness to learn and take risks, and meet a minimum 3.3 GPA.

To apply, please submit the completed application form and supporting documents to the AUS VP Academic at The application deadline is Monday, March 12th, 2018 at 5:00pm. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. Any questions regarding the application or selection process should be directed to the AUS VP Academic.

The application can be found here: 



Each year, the Arts Undergraduate Society recognizes outstanding teaching staff in the Faculty of Arts through its Teaching Excellence Awards. The Awards Selection Committee is now accepting nominations from undergraduate students for the Professor, Teaching Assistant and Advisor categories. Students may nominate more than one candidate for each category.

Please fill out this nomination form and submit to the AUS VP Academic at The nomination deadline is Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at 5:00pm. Any questions regarding the nomination or selection process should be directed to the AUS VP Academic.


"Are you interested in sustainability, food systems, and putting your skills to use in a new and exciting setting? Then you should definitely apply to this exciting job opportunity! This is a great way to get some experience outside of academia before graduating, as the position can be done alongside your schooling. If you have any questions about the position, the time commitment, or just what the work environment's like, you can reach out to Amelia Peres (MUGS-alum) at"


Branches, the McGill Undergraduate Environment Journal, is seeking submissions for its 7th issue! Branches strives to create a platform for students, regardless of background, to showcase their work related to environmental sciences or environmental studies. Submissions may take the form of research papers, studies or essays. Branches also accepts photography, art and other creative work. To see past issues of Branches, visit here

Submission guidelines:
- Submission deadline is Tuesday, February 20th at 11:59PM.  
- Email all submissions to
- Please include a 2-sentence summary of your work in the e-mail
- Please submit written work in Microsoft Word format
- Academic work must be from a course at the 300 level or higher


Application deadline: February 16th

Each year, the GRAME - Groupe de recherche appliquée en macroécologie organises the GRAMiE's Environment Gala, a fantastic fundraising event. It highlights the last year's strong environmental initiatives within Lachine, Montreal and the Montreal Metropolitan Community. On Thursday, March 15th, a panel of experts will showcase the projects that have contributed to improving waste management within their community in 2017. Zero- and no-waste initiatives or projects in line with the Three R's… Share with GRAME the initiatives that have had a considerable impact on your community in 2017 or even, a project that YOU yourself have launched! 
Fill out the form here
Book your tickets here
RSVP on Facebook here

Apply by February 21st

Natural Resources Canada's Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation is seeking interns with geography and geomatics skills for the summer 2018. The work term period is May to August 2018.

Internship 1: Creation of cartographic products derived from high resolution elevation data (Sherbrooke (Quebec) or Ottawa)

Internship 2: Data inventory and needs assessment related to building mapping in Northern Canada's communities (Sherbrooke (Quebec))

Internship 3: Analyze data inventories from multiple federal government departments to identify datasets mostly related to Canada's Indigenous People. Assess datasets for accessibility, availability of web services, and quality, create Web mapping services to enable the visualization of identified datasets. (Sherbrooke (Quebec))

Interested Students must register by February 21, 2018 to the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) – Ongoing Student Recruitment Inventory. Their internships are for individuals studying geomatics or geography at university. Interested students must indicate Sherbrooke (Quebec) or Ottawa as a possible work location in their FSWEP profile. Copies of the internship offers are attached to this email. For more information, please contact Josée-Anne Langlois (

Apply by February 21st

Natural Resources Canada's Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation is seeking interns with computer skills for the summer 2018 to work on the development of their Big Spatial Data Infrastructure. The internship will take place in Sherbrooke (Quebec). The work term period is May to August 2018. Interested students must register by February 21, 2018 to the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) – Ongoing Student Recruitment Inventory. Their internship is for individuals studying computer science at university. Interested students must indicate Sherbrooke (Quebec) as a possible work location in their FSWEP profile. A copy of the internship offer is attached to this email. For more information, please contact Josée-Anne Langlois (



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