MONTREAL, Jan. 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of the eco-friendly
commitment it implemented four years ago, Tourisme Montréal announced
the financing of a planting project overseen by the Scientific Research
and Development Division at the Montréal Botanical Garden. The amount
of $6,000 that Tourisme Montréal will invest in this project covers the
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from employee business travel
Air transportation for that year represented more than three million
kilometres and produced 178 tons of CO2 equivalence. To offset these emissions, as well as those resulting from
land transportation, 1,400 trees will be planted, and their growth and
health will be monitored to ensure successful carbon sequestration.
The planting project will allow for the reuse of an old sand pit located
in Mercier, in the Montréal suburbs, where fast-growing poplar trees
will be planted, a rare yet increasingly common cultivation in Québec.
The poplars will grow to maturity in 18 to 25 years and will then be
used to produce sustainable objects. This will avoid the release of
sequestered carbon into the atmosphere from forest dieback.
"Urban and peri-urban regions contain several sites that must be
rehabilitated following certain industrial uses, as is the case with
quarries and sand pits," affirms Mr. Alain Cogliastro, researcher at
the Space for Life. "These contexts are opportunities both to conduct
research and to determine new functional ecosystems, all with a view to
timber production for the future," he adds.
Mr. Cogliastro is pleased to embark on this partnership, which will
transform a standard reforestation project into an experiment for which
the results will provide us with advances in knowledge and skills in
Tourisme Montréal has already effected a great number of actions whose
ultimate objective lies in the reduction of the environmental footprint
of the Montréal tourism industry. The organization has issued the 4th
edition of a green office guide (internal); has created a green
committee for the tourism industry, as well as a sub-committee for
eco-responsible conferences; and has published an eco-responsible
tourism newsletter. Plans for an eco-responsible tool box and a Green
Montréal section for the Tourisme Montréal Website are also being
prepared and will be available online between now and spring 2012.
About the Space for Life
The Space for Life is the largest natural science museum complex in
Canada. Bringing together the Montréal Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical
Garden and Planetarium, the Space for Life offers an exceptional
opportunity to explore the countless facets of life and nature in an
About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the
concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the
destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also
responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance
with the ever-changing conditions of the market.
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