Montréal aims to be a green city, even in its alleyways… Here, urban ecology isn’t just a neat concept: it’s a profound and sustainable commitment that leads to tangible action. In collaboration with its many partners, Montréal advocates sustainable development on a daily basis. Here are a few examples.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT STARTS WITH ME
Did you know that there are many things city residents and businesses can do to preserve our environmental heritage? A number of issues, including air, water, residual matter, climate change, and pesticides are discussed on the City of Montréal’s site, in the environment and sustainable development section. The site also presents an overview of the issues as well as information on protecting our living environment.
URBAN ECOLOGY IN THE COMMUNITY
Did you know that the City of Montréal funds community-based agencies that organize environmental enhancement activities in their boroughs? It does so through the Éco-quartier program (in French), Montréal’s environmental action initiative.
NATURE IN THE HEART OF THE URBAN LANDSCAPE
Did you know that Montréal features the largest natural science museum network in Canada? To find out more about the City of Montréal’s nature museums, visit Espace pour la vie.
PLENTY OF GREEN, PLENTY OF BLUE
Did you know that Montréal encompasses 17 major parks, totalling nearly 2,000 hectares? These parks are the settings for relaxation and leisure, recreational, educational, cultural, sports, and outdoor activities as well as large popular gatherings and celebrations.
SMART GREEN ROOFTOPS
Did you know that Montréal has its own green-roof laboratory, equipped with scientific instruments that measure the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green rooftop solutions? This project is operated by the Montréal Urban Ecology Centre.
GARDENING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Did you know that you can take up a pleasant activity and at the same time contribute to protecting the environment and enhancing biodiversity in the city? Eco-friendly gardening is an example of such an activity. The site (in French) contains a wealth of tips, good practices, and expert advice on gardening.
PLANTING SEEDS FOR THE FUTURE
Did you know that Soverdi, a not-for-profit organization, has planted over a million and a half trees and bushes in Montréal since 1992 as a measure against heat islands, pollution, noise, and the dearth of green spaces?