Photo from Jonathan Glencross.

The Starfish is pleased to award the top spot in its Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 competition to Jonathan Glencross, whose inspiring environmental leadership at McGill University makes him a more than worthy recipient.

His hallmark achievement was co-founding the McGill Sustainability Projects Fund. Through a student referendum and matching funds from the University, Glencross established a $2.5-million campus fund for environmental sustainability initiatives. His network of 200-plus volunteers helped the referendum attract the second highest student voter turnout in the University’s history, with 80 per cent of those that voted being in favour of the Fund. At the time of his nomination, a total of $1.1-million already had been granted to 46 student- and staff-led projects.

The McGill Food Systems Project, which he also co-founded and coordinates, was a focused sustainability project for McGill’s food services. The project shifted the school’s food procurement process to favour more local and wholesome foods. The project supported 25 research positions and connected with certifier Local Food Plus.

In the earlier years of his Environment and Development undergraduate degree, Glencross was a coordinator with the Sustainable McGill Project. His efforts helped to establish the McGill Office of Sustainability. After Glencross graduated, he continued his work with the Office of Sustainability and helped establish 10 intern positions, through which he hopes to institutionalize his environmental vision for the University.

Jonathan has given talks and presentations at TEDxMcGill, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, MGPO 440: Strategies for Sustainability, MacDonald Campus Founders’ Day, the McGill Rethink Conference and Green Drinks Montreal.

According to his Top 25 nominator, “the most remarkable thing about Jonathan is the way in which he approaches social change. Jonathan’s vision for change is grounded not in doing, but in being. He lives out the change he believes in better than anyone I have ever met.”

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AuthorSam Colbert