Funding and Membership
OPIRG’s core funding comes from full-time undergraduate students, in the form of a $5.50 refundable levy for the 2018-2019 academic year. All full-time undergraduate students are automatically members. If you do not wish to support OPIRG McMaster, you can claim a full refund by bringing your student card to the OPIRG office during the three weeks after the completion of the drop and add period, when your student status has been finalized.
Members can access the resource library, borrow equipment, attend workshops and events for free, vote at our Annual General Meeting, and are eligible to run for the OPIRG McMaster Board of Directors.
Anyone who is not full-time at McMaster is welcome to join OPIRG as a Community Member for a sliding scale $10-20 fee.
Since 1995, OPIRG McMaster has been a place for students to explore social and environmental concerns, with a goal of making a positive impact. With few barriers to taking action, we have been at the forefront of many issues like Fair Trade, Sustainable Transportation, Waste Reduction, and, well, here’s a selection:
1995 – Campus Waste Audits
1996 – Clothing Swap!
1997 – Native Species Garden on Campus
1998 – Hamilton’s first volunteer-run non-profit bike repair shop Recycle Cycles
1998 – David Suzuki to Campus
1999 – Organized a Bicycle Art Show at Art Gallery of Hamilton
1999 – Supermarket Tour Guide
2000 – Car Free Day in Hamilton
2002 – Hosted Municipal-focused Conference
2003 – Effective advocacy to have pedestrian crossing light on Cootes/Sanders
2005 – Fruit Tree Project
2008 – Car Free Week!
2009: Farmstand started as an OPIRG Working Group project
2010 – Alternative Welcome Week
2013 – Beekeeping on campus
2013-2017 OPIRG hires summer students each year for the Hamilton Street Tree Project
2017-2018 Power Your Passion Workshop Series each term