The Project has both on campus and external partners, and is open to new partnerships with like-minded and complementary organizations. Please contact the project coordinator for partnership details.

Concordia Partners

Sustainable Concordia
Founded in 2002, Sustainable Concordia strives to create a culture of sustainability at Concordia, and thereby improve our university community by making Concordia an ecologically aware, economically responsible, and socially equitable institution. By encouraging communication within the campus community, we act as a nexus to identify, assess, and address challenges of sustainable development faced by the Concordia community, as a community.

The Concordia Greenhouse Project
The Concordia Greenhouse Project is an initiative that uses the Henry F. Hall building rooftop greenhouse as an all-organic space, geared towards education and research, sustainable horticulture, and community-building.

The Global Futures Laboratory
Under the direction of Dr. Satoshi Ikeda, Karl Polanyi Chair in Political Ecology at Concordia, this new Project is exploring alternatives to US-dominated globalization within the framework of social and environmental sustainability. The Global Futures Lab is in use by several undergraduate and graduate level students at Concordia exploring a variety of topics related to social economy.

The Concordia Student Union
The CSU represents over 30,000 undergraduate students and is run by students for students. We actively work hard to build a better Concordia and we do this by offering essential services, throwing great events and defending students rights within the university and beyond. Through the VP Sustainability and Campaigns, the CSU is fostering the development of a more sustainable, engaged student body and connecting diverse student organizations throughout the university to campus-wide sustainability initiatives.

The David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise
Named after benefactor David O’Brien, Chairman of RBC and Encana, the David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise aims to be the leader in developing business practices that support corporate social responsibility, environmental health and safety, environmental management, community, and greening activities. The Centre focuses its efforts on guiding organizations toward holistic sustainable strategies that are rooted in innovation and enterprise development. The Centre is committed to advancing scholarly research endeavors, creating world-class teaching and learning opportunities, and developing community outreach initiatives.

Vert Ta Ville
Founded in 2009, Vert Ta Ville connects the Concordia Rooftop Greenhouse with local community agriculture organizations to provide organic seedlings at an affordable price and bring knowledge and actors together in a spirit of exchange and learning for food security. In its inaugural year Vert Ta Ville worked with dozens of volunteers to grow and distribute over 15,000 seedlings to over 20 community groups.

TAPthirst Concordia
Tap drinkers against privatization (TAPthirst) is an initiative dedicated to promoting awareness of the social, environmental and monetary costs of the bottled water industry. We aim to empower people at a grassroots level by supplying them with the information and tools necessary to question the bottled water companies and their effects on our communities as well as the world at large. In doing this we hope to bring people one step closer to ethical water consumption and help to avoid the privatization of a natural resource.

Concordia Multi-Faith Chaplaincy
Multi-faith Chaplaincy is here for you to explore spirituality, faith, religion, value, meaning and ethics. Or - in the words of our mission statement - Multi-faith Chaplaincy at Concordia University exists within the academic community to nurture faith, spirituality and social responsibility, and to provide a pastoral presence, especially for students. Chaplaincy has two programs distinctly concerning food security - Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, a weekly affordable vegan community meal, and the Emergency Food Fund, which provides food vouchers for students in need of food.

The People's Potato
The People’s Potato is a vegan soup kitchen run out of Concordia University. The project was initiated in 1999 in order to address student poverty. The student population at Concordia is typically in debt, and has little access to quality nourishing foods. Our soup kitchen emphasizes serving well cooked, wholesome foods. At the outset, a group of dedicated students started cooking in a church basement and carried the food to the university. Since then, the project has expanded, and we now serve over five hundred students and community members daily from our kitchen at Concordia. We are committed not only to serving food to hungry students, but to broader goals of social justice and environmental sustainability.

External Partners

The Youth Partnership for Sustainable Development
The Youth Partnership for Sustainable Development (PJDD) is launching a Quebec-wide campaign called Sustainable Café. The YPSD is consulting student committees and associations to assess their needs and interests regarding the implementation of sustainability initiatives in campus food services programs at different Quebec Universities. The PJDD is made up of the following organizations:

The People's Food Policy Project 
The People’s Food Policy Project links people from across Canada to find ways that ordinary people can reclaim decision-making power in our food system. This is the core of food sovereignty, and the base of our project to create Canada’s first comprehensive federal food policy. The project is an initiative of Food Secure Canada, a Canadian organization which works to unite people and organizations working for food security across Canada and globally.

P3 Permaculture
P3 Permaculture Design is a Social Enterprise. We strive to teach permaculture design and establish permaculture educational demonstration sites where ever the people are in need. Permaculture is a design science founded in the establishment of permanent cultural systems and grounded in pattern observation. Using natural principles observed in nature to guide design of future human settlements.