Montréal's Nature Museums Go Even Greener!

    MONTREAL, May 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal, Helen
Fotopulos, Executive Committee Member responsible for Mount Royal Park, Nature
parks and the Nature Museums, and Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, Executive Director
of Montréal's Nature Museums, are proud to announce an energy saving program
that will enable the Biodôme, Insectarium and Botanical Garden to reduce their
annual greenhouse gas emissions by 30% and cut their energy costs by about
30%. The central feature of the program is the installation of geothermal
systems at the Biodôme and Insectarium.
    More specifically, the Ecosystem company will be installing
geothermal-type heat recovery systems at the Biodôme and Insectarium, making
it possible to convert heat into energy and power the air-conditioning and
heating systems. At night, the Botanical Garden will use an electric boiler to
produce the necessary energy, thereby reducing its use of natural gas and at
the same time its greenhouse gas emissions. The program also includes work to
optimize ventilation systems and upgrade to more efficient lighting systems.
In addition, the future Planetarium, to open in summer 2012, will meet LEED
platinum criteria.(1)
    Mayor Tremblay noted that "sustainable development is a goal that we are
pursuing on a daily basis in Montréal. This project is an important step in
implementing our strategic sustainable development plan, with the aim of
offering Montrealers a healthy environment, an essential ingredient in optimal
quality of life." Helen Fotopulos, Executive Committee member responsible for
the Nature Museums, said she is proud that "Montréal's Nature Museums are
showing their true nature and leading by example, by adopting environmentally
responsible behaviour."
    The Executive Director of the Nature Museums, Charles-Mathieu Brunelle,
pointed out that this project is part of an extensive overall plan that will
allow Montréal's Nature Museums to focus on helping people enjoy nature to the
fullest. "This energy saving program will move us closer to our ultimate
objective, which we can sum up simply as "zero waste," and further reflect our
philosophy of maintaining a natural balance."

    An opportunity to promote environmentally responsible behaviour

    To promote environmentally responsible behaviour, explanatory panels will
describe all these actions for visitors to the three museums. In addition,
strategically located posters will invite visitors and employees to "go green"
    Lastly, fact sheets on the whole project and illustrations of the
technologies used are available on the Montréal Nature Museums Website, at
    The city of Montréal will be contributing $7.5 million to the project,
while Hydro-Québec ($900,000), the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
($350,000) and the Natural Resources Canada EcoENERGY Retrofit program
($10,500) are all project partners. Once the work is completed, in September
2010, a five-year performance guarantee will take effect. The project will pay
for itself over eight to nine years, thanks to lower energy consumption.

    Montréal's Nature Museums - the Biodôme, Insectarium, Botanical Garden
and Planetarium - helping people enjoy nature to the fullest.

    Project data sheets and visuals of the technologies used are available in
    the Going Green section of the Montréal Nature Museums Website, at

    (1) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification
    recognizes achievements and expertise in green buildings. There are four
    levels of certification: certified, silver, gold and platinum, the latter
    being the highest level of certification.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Nadine Fortin, Montréal's
Nature Museums, (514) 868-3053; Office of the Mayor and Executive Committee:
Martin Tremblay, Press Attaché, (514) 872-0274

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