Montréal's First Strategic Plan for Sustainable Development - 2007-2009 Phase: 36 Actions to make a difference



    MONTREAL, March 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Two years after the adoption of
Montréal's First Strategic Plan for Sustainable development, the city and its
76 partners confirm their commitment in favour of sustainable development by
proposing 36 concrete actions to be completed in the 2007-2009 Phase. The
second phase of the initial plan continues the actions of the start-up phase
and consolidates the four priority orientations, which are to improve air
quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions; ensure the quality of residential
environments; practice responsible resource management and adopt solid
sustainable development practices.
    "Over the next two years, we will be facing new challenges, together, to
keep our city on the road to sustainable development. We are committing
ourselves today to achieve new concrete and measurable actions which, I am
convinced, will make a difference," said Mr. DeSousa, member of the city's
executive committee responsible for economic and sustainable development and
Montréal 2025.

    Phase 2: Increased contribution by partners and the city

    Four of the 19 new actions of the plan's second phase were identified as
"feature actions", because they integrate the three dimensions of sustainable
development and may be implemented by most organizations. These feature
actions suggest that partners increase "greening" efforts to counter
heat-island effects, and take part in a program to offset greenhouse gas
emissions resulting from business air travel. All are invited to hold
eco-responsible events, to reduce waste volumes, promote local purchases, use
fair-trade products and choose, whenever possible, businesses that are
involved in the social economy when holding events. The community may also
become involved to help Montréal become a UN University Centre of expertise on
education for sustainable development.
    Montréal plans to adopt a transportation plan and a solid waste
management master plan in 2007, to improve the quality of life of residents.
As per the recommendations of the master plan, the city will prevent green and
organic wastes from reaching landfills. It will also implement recycling
collection in half of Montréal's 22 large parks and develop legislation on
water conservation.
    Montréal is acting on three other orientations to: Improve protection of
biodiversity, natural environments and green spaces; mobilize Montréal
organizations and residents to work toward sustainable development of the
Montréal area, and offer residents municipal services and an environmental
legislation, in a spirit of equity.
    "Montréal's First Strategic Plan for Sustainable Development aims at
ensuring prosperity in Montréal. We wish to offer Montrealers a healthy and
pleasant environment to pass on to future generations. We are counting on
strong partnerships to achieve our objectives," added Mr. DeSousa.
    To learn more about the 2007-2009 Phase of Montréal's First Strategic
Plan for Sustainable Development, please visit
ville.montreal.qc.ca/developpementdurable




For further information:

For further information: Natacha Beauchesne, Division des relations avec
les médias, (514) 872-6013; Source: Darren Becker, Cabinet du maire et du
comité exécutif, (514) 872-6412


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