Seven Goals and 49 Concrete Actions: The CDN-NDG Borough Green Plan is Launched!



    MONTREAL, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Michael Applebaum, Mayor of
Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDN-NDG), launched the very first Green
Plan in the borough's history at a ceremony this morning attended by members
of the Borough Council. The Green Plan comprises seven goals that will lead to
49 concrete actions by 2012, aimed at creating an environmentally responsible
community.
    "We now have a vital tool that will allow local citizens and the borough
to work individually and together toward becoming an environmentally
responsible community," proclaimed Mayor Applebaum.
    The Green Plan is the fruit of several months' work and was produced in
co-operation with local citizens, borough employees, elected officials and
public, social and community organizations. The entire CDN-NDG borough
management team focused on ensuring the feasibility of the initiatives and
deadlines set out in the Green Plan, which is available on the borough
Website: ville.montreal.qc.ca/cdn-ndg. The carefully thought out Green Plan is
in line with the city of Montréal's sustainable development principles.

    Creation of a Green Fund: $50,000 in initial funding

    One of the 49 concrete actions in the Green Plan is to have the borough
create a Green Fund. Mayor Applebaum and his colleagues on the Borough Council
have acted quickly in this regard, authorizing the creation of a Green Fund,
with $50,000 in initial funding, at last night's Borough Council meeting. The
Green Fund will make it possible to get started this year on some of the
actions listed under the different goals in the Green Plan.
    "The borough is committed to carrying out all the concrete actions
included in the Green Plan," said Mayor Applebaum. If we want to have a
significant impact, each of us in CDN-NDG must be committed to putting this
Green Plan into action every day. By working together we can achieve our goal
of becoming an environmentally responsible community."

    Les-Enfants-du-Monde: a model school

    The Green Plan was unveiled at Les-Enfants-du-Monde elementary school
(5350, avenue Rosedale), a school recognized for its innovative environmental
efforts and the recent winner of the 2008 Keeping My School Clean contest.
Some of the initiatives taken by Les-Enfants-du-Monde school to raise
students' environmental awareness are planting trees, growing a vegetable
garden, tending a flower garden and making and using compost.
    The school's students and representatives from a number of partner
organizations involved in drawing up the Green Plan attended the official
launch along with Mayor Applebaum and the other Borough Council members,
Warren Allmand, Marcel Tremblay, Marvin Rotrand, Francine Senécal and Saulie
Zajdel.
    The borough councillors took the opportunity to officially present the
2008 Keeping My School Clean trophy to Diane Tardif, principal of
Les-Enfants-du-Monde school. "We are proud to have the borough team here this
morning to launch the Green Plan. We are also delighted to accept the 2008
Keeping My School Clean award. All our students and teachers are involved in
making our school as green as possible," said Ms. Tardif, who accepted the
trophy on behalf of all the students and staff at her school.




For further information:

For further information: For interviews relating to the Tuesday, June 3
official launch of the Green Plan: Anne Dongois, Media Relations, (514)
826-2050, anne.dongois@videotron.ca; Other information: François Puchin, (514)
868-3483, Josianne Wilson (514) 868-3235, Communications Co-ordinators,
CDN-NDG borough


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