Rea­dy to spring for­ward

Le Messager Lachine & Dorval - - LOCAL NEWS - DA­VID COX da­vid.cox@tc.tc

ENVIRONMENT. Th­rough so­lid ef­forts, Dor­val has main­tai­ned its 4 Fleu­ron clas­si­fi­ca­tion by the Cor­po­ra­tion des Fleu­rons du Qué­bec, an en­ti­ty that re­co­gnizes sus­tai­nable beau­ti­fi­ca­tion ef­forts in Que­bec mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties. In an at­tempt to boost green spaces and their stan­ding, the ci­ty will be lea­ding an ini­tia­tive to have lo­cal bu­si­nesses plant 10,000 trees over the next five years.

In a ce­re­mo­ny at the Gran­by Zoo, the Cor­po­ra­tion des Fleu­rons high­ligh­ted what the dif­ferent mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties have achie­ved to make a bet­ter place to live for their re­si­dents. Si­mi­lar to the stars for ho­tels (1 to 5 Fleu­rons), the ra­ting is va­lid for three years and can be dis­played in mu­ni­ci­pal buil­ding en­trances. Re­co­gni­zed world­wide, they can lead to in­crea­sed hor­ti­cul­tu­ral tou­rism thanks to the Fleu­rons la­bel.

More than 150 mayors and mu­ni­ci­pal re­pre­sen­ta­tives re­cei­ved the clas­si­fi­ca­tion from the pre­sident of the Fleu­rons, Mr. Gas­ton Ar­cand, mayor of Des­cham­bault-gron­dines near Qué­bec.

IMPROVEMENT

It has ins­pi­red Dor­val in­to loo­king for more ways to im­prove. The new ini­tia­tive will see the de­ve­lop­ment of a sub­si­dy to sup­port ins­ti­tu­tions, bu­si­nesses and industries (IBI) that wish to add to the gree­ning of their pro­per­ty by plan­ting more trees. Fi­nan­cial aid will be pro­vi­ded to give lo­cal IBIS an op­por­tu­ni­ty to pur­chase trees at low cost th­rough the Groupe de re­cherche ap­pli­quée en ma­croé­co­lo­gie (GRAME), who fo­cus on sus­tai­nable de­ve­lop­ment so­lu­tions.

In this case, the use of eco­no­mic in­cen­tives in en­vi­ron­men­tal ma­na­ge­ment will guide the lo­cal tree plan­ta­tion pro­ject na­med “ICI, on ver­dit!”, which is ta­ck­ling the unique is­sues that come with li­ving with an air­port.

«In Dor­val, the environment is at the heart of our prio­ri­ties and we are ve­ry hap­py to be able to contri­bute to the gree­ning of Dor­val’s bu­si­nesses,» the Mayor said in a sta­te­ment.

GRAME will plant the trees and then the bu­si­ness will care for them. The hope is that the new trees will di­mi­nish the heat is­land ef­fect in the in­dus­trial sec­tor and trap more air-born pol­lu­tants.

(Pho­to: Cour­te­sy – Ci­ty of Dor­val)

The Hob­bit House is fast­ly be­co­ming a lo­cal land­mark in Dor­val and is a high­light of its sus­tai­nable de­ve­lop­ment pro­mises.

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