News & Events

New! Cigarette Butt Recycling

Due to the recent increase in cigarette butts, McMaster Facility Services has launched a new initiative by placing Recyclable Cigarette Ash Trays . These Recyclable Cigarette Ash Trays are located at the entrance of Gilmore Hall and University Hall.

E-Waste Collection

We are hosting an event to collect electronics to be recycled on Thursday, June 22nd 2017, from 10am until 2pm. Please bring any unwanted electronics to the Greentec bin and tent that will be set up across from University Hall (where the bike repair station is located). University Technology Services (UTS) will be on-site to remove data from hard drives.

To see what electronics we will accept click here.

Chasing the Peak

For the third consecutive year, McMaster University, one of the largest energy consumers in Ontario, participated in the Chasing the Peak initiative to build on the success of the past years. The Province of Ontario encourages electricity consumers to help reduce their peak electricity demand to avoid additional generation sources and associated greenhouse gases (GHGs). The university monitors the provincial electricity forecasts available at  In addition university staff monitor weather forecasts from other sources to determine the likelihood of a peak hour. The ratio of McMaster’s energy usage to that of Ontario on the top 5 peak hours of the year is used to calculate the following year global adjustment charges. McMaster was successful in reducing energy during the five peak hours in 2016. Click here for more information.

Bike to Work Day 2017

Bike to work or school on Monday, May 29th! Facility Services will be handing out granola bars to hungry riders that ride through campus! This event coincides with the City of Hamilton's Bike to Work date. Join the event at City Hall from 7am until 8am! Register on the Bike Month website before May 1st to be eligible to win a prize! Click here for the Bike Month website.

Hamilton Bike Share at McMaster

The McMaster University Student Centre is reported to be the busiest SoBi bike hub in the city! Social Bicycles are a wonderful and sustainable alternative to transportation, and also a healthy and easy way to get around the city. McMaster currently hosts six bicycle hubs on campus, and a McMaster discount is provided to staff, faculty and students! Don't have a membership yet? Click here to learn more and sign up!

LED Lighting

Building on the success of McMaster’s Facility Services LED lighting retrofit in campus stairwells and corridors, more lighting retrofits were implemented in the Student Residence Buildings. Last year, nine residence buildings were updated with LED lighting, which contributes to an estimated savings of 985,000 kWh!

Upcoming Events

E-Waste Collection

    • Tuesday, October 24th 2017
    • 12:00pm until 3:00pm
    • McMaster University Main Campus - Across from University Hall

Sustainability Day

    • Tuesday, October 24th 2017
    • 12:00pm until 3:00pm
    • Student Centre Atrium


Sustainability Tips

The following links give tips on how to be sustianable in your daily life.

Energy Efficiency Tips:


Waste Conservation Tips:


Water Conservation Tips


Transportation Conservation Tips

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