ECOLE is a model of urban sustainable living and a physical hub for the McGill and Montreal sustainability communities.

Our mandate, as defined in our constitution, is to “bring together McGill students, faculty and staff and Montreal community members in the pursuit of sustainable living by means of applied student research, alternative education, and community building. ECOLE is an ongoing experiment that strives to be a model of urban sustainable living.”

ECOLE fulfills its mandate by building on these three pillars: Living, Learning, and Community Building.



  • 10 upper year McGill students, called ECOLE Facilitators, live in private rooms in the ECOLE House, with shared community resource rooms in the rest of the House.

  • The Facilitators live sustainably, both materially and socially, by incorporating living practices including composting, reducing energy and water use, and using consensus-based decision making and anti-oppressive practices

  • Facilitators apply sustainable living approaches that are brought to their attention by their fellow students


  • Facilitators complete Applied Student Research (ASR) projects on an aspect of sustainability and develop tools and resources to support ASR projects carried out by non-Facilitators

  • Collective members develop and implement alternative learning initiatives such as film screenings and skill-building workshops

  • All Project participants nurture a culture of experiential learning by learning about, using, and teaching consensus-based decision-making, anti-oppressive practices, and materially sustainable approaches to consumption.


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Community Building

  • Facilitators make all the common spaces of the ECOLE House available for use free of charge by student and community groups with sustainability mandates

  • The ECOLE Board of Directors brings together multiple stakeholders including Montreal students, faculty, and staff and Montreal community members

  • Facilitators and Collective members actively build relationships with residents and community groups of the Milton Parc neighborhood where the ECOLE House is located.

souls of ECOLE



Chi Pham
CHEE CHI CHOW CHUMMM. I’m Chi (pronounced like the Chi in Chicago). I’m majoring in Environment (ArtSci ftw) and minoring in Geography. This is my third year as a facilitator at ECOLE and I love this project more than anything at McGill/in Montreal. I’m quite involved in the sustainability scene on campus, so you might catch me elsewhere working on other projects for a more sustainable McGill.


Diamond Yao
Hi everyone! I’m Diamond and I’m a U2 sustainability student. A lifelong Montrealer, I like discussing pressing contemporary issues, trying on sustainable fashion and doing intentional living. At ECOLE, I’m responsible for communications and outreach, and I am always looking for new ways to make sustainability more accessible for everyone. Contact me at diamond.yao@mail.mcgill.ca for any inquiries, I’m super friendly and welcome suggestions!


Jiahua Chen
Hi, I am Jiahua! I major in Environmental Science with a minor in GIS.I am in ECOLE because it’s not only a lovely combination of home and workspace but also a great place to learn and practice sustainability in life.
My ASR this year is to figure out a way to deal with the piles of abandoned furniture at the end of the school year in Milton park!


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Fatou Ndiaye
Hi! My name is Fatou Ndiaye. I am an Honours Political Science student, double minoring in Sociology and International Development. I am at ECOLE because I was particularly interested in the community building pillar and the social component of sustainability. I also joined ECOLE because it shows that you can live in a vibrant urban center like Montreal, and effectively practice of material sustainability. As a facilitator, this year, I am looking forward to celebrating practices of sustainability across time, cultures and contexts, as well as tackling speciesism.


 Dorothy Yip
Hi everyone! My name is Dorothy, I study Psychology and I hail from Hong Kong. Amazed by how cultural differences influenced my home city and Montreal looks at sustainability, my interest in living in an experimental hub was piqued.
My idea for an ASR would be an ECOLE cookbook slash oral history of Milton-Parc, a celebration of food, history and humans. Can’t wait to see how this year will turn out!


Catherine Choquette
Hi! I'm Catherine and I'm in my third year in Environment. I am at ECOLE because I wanted to be part of a community and be a part of cool sustainability and social justice initiatives. This is a great opportunity and I am really thankful for all the amazing people I have met!


Rhea Wilson
I'm Rhea! I'm in my third year of Civil Engineering at McGill and my second year as a facilitator at ECOLE. I love communal living almost as much as I love being outside!


Alana Bertin
Hello, my name is Alana. I'm from Saint Lucia and I love elephants, mushrooms, and my dogs. I'm a U3 Psychology student, minoring in Sociology and I joined the ECOLE facilitator team to extend my engagement in social sustainability as well as actively participate in environmentally sustainable and communal living. I hope to create an equity policy so that socially sustainable practices can be permanently engrained into ECOLE!


Tharuvi Nanayakkara
Hi! I'm Tharuvi Nanayakkara and I'm a third year Anthropology student, with a double minor in Political Science and Economics. I am passionate about youth engagement, pushing for diversity and representation in all factions of society, and community involvement. This is one of the reasons I am involved with ECOLE; because its mandate aligns with many of my interests.
For my ASR, I will be working on a finance handbook that will allow future facilitators to know how finances work at ECOLE.


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Shylah Wolfe




Samiha Shariff

I currently work in the non-profit sector in Montreal! An aspiring social worker, I am very interested in learning more about how social sustainability can facilitate avenues for community care to create more resilient and loving communities. ECOLE is a great living lab to learn how environmental and social sustainability works in a cosmopolitan setting and I am excited to be a part of it!

Facilitator and Coordinator Cohort of 2018-2019

Facilitator and Coordinator Cohort of 2018-2019



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