The opening of the fourth edition of the Salon national de l'environnement (SNE) is fast approaching

    Come and discover the major environmental concerns in this time of
    economic crisis

    MONTREAL, June 11 /CNW Telbec/ - On Friday, June 19, the fourth edition
of the Salon national de l'environnement (SNE) will open at the Place des
Vestiges on the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal. The program will include
more than 200 exhibitors, conferences on set themes, interactive workshops,
and a parade of alternative vehicles (DéVA).

    Conferences and workshops to promote awareness and action

    The SNE welcomes singer/songwriter/musician Antoine Gratton as the new
spokesperson this year. As well, a full slate of conferences and workshops is
being offered for the 2009 edition. (All events will be in French.)


      Friday, 7:30 p.m.

    Steven Guilbeault, co-founder of Equiterre, will explore the current
challenges of sustainable development, and will propose solutions based on
individual as well as community action.


      Friday, 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
      Sunday, 12:30 p.m.

    Preparing a lunch box is a daily routine that has a real impact on the
future of the planet. Simple choices we make can contribute to providing
tangible solutions to the problem. Come and discover them!

    - GREEN LIVING and LEED HOUSES - Emmanuel Cosgrove

      Saturday, 1 p.m.

    The Canadian LEED certification is a rating system through which various
factors in the design, construction, and operation of a project can be
evaluated with the goal of encouraging the adoption of healthy, energy
efficient, and sustainable building practices. The conference will include
examples of green practices and technologies to suit all budgets.


      Sunday, 3 p.m.

    André Lavallée, responsible for the Ville de Montréal's Transportation
Plan, will present the new self-service bicycle rental system. The conference
will interest anyone wanting to learn more about this large-scale project as
well as those who have questions about this new public transport system.

    The 2009 Program

    The SNE is offering an entirely new and original program featuring various
environmental themes. Friday, June 19 will be devoted to our ecological
footprint; Saturday, June 20 will deal with green housing; while the theme for
Sunday, June 21 will focus on sustainable transportation. Also, plays and
other entertaining events will be presented to raise the public's awareness
about our major environmental challenges. As well, a one-of-a-kind event, a
parade of alternative vehicles (DéVa), will be held on Sunday afternoon.
Finally, visitors will be able to try out electric bicycles, hybrid cars, and
other alternative vehicles on a closed circuit test track set up on the site.
Admission is free. We look forward to seeing you!

    The SNE is made possible thanks to the financial support of the STM, Hydro
Québec, Toyota, the Agence d'efficacité énergétique, Cascades, and the CDEC

     Where: Place des Vestiges on the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal
                       When: June 19, 20, and 21, 2009

      For more information about the SNE and the program, please visit:

For further information:

For further information: Media Relations: BICOM Communications, (514)
223-6770,; Source: Isabelle Monette, Communications Director,
Salon national de l'environnement, (514) 278-5822,

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