23 February 2017
On February 22, DESTL and MOBA brought together some one hundred property managers, business executives and sustainable development stakeholders for a conference on “New ways of looking at buildings and transportation,” with a view to industrial revitalization and sustainable transportation and development.
During the 20 workshops, the facilitators identified concrete actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including efforts to make buildings more energy-efficient and promoting sustainable transportation for persons and goods.
The companies CAE, Air Transat, L’Oréal Distribution and Aéroports de Montréal offered testimonials on the sustainable initiatives they have taken and the many tangible benefits they have reaped. “It’s a win-win-win situation, economically (significant cost reductions), for the employees (substantial decrease in absences) and for the environment,” explained Keith Lawless, Air Transat’s Senior Director of Business Sustainability and Improvement.
In a brainstorming session, the participants envisioned ways to revitalize industrial areas. Suggestions included flexible public transit, densification and mixed-use activities, and light industry around train stations.
“This session enabled us to gather ideas and to identify the challenges faced by businesspeople. Consulting our community is a vital exercise in order to put in place projects that will meet their needs,” said Josée Chiasson, General Manager of DESTL.
The conference was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Fonds d’action québécoise pour le développement durable (FAQDD) and the government of Québec, as well as Desjardins.
“This first activity of the provincial government’s Action-Climat program was held in Québec’s biggest industrial basin, and we’re proud of this!” said Nicolas Girard, CEO of the FAQDD, which supports initiatives to promote sustainable changes in behaviours and practices to help reduce GHG emissions.
“Desjardins is proud to be associated with structuring initiatives that foster sustainable economic development,” said Éric Prud’Homme, General Manager, Desjardins Business - West of Montreal, which supports innovative projects together with the Caisse populaire Desjardins de Saint-Laurent.
Following the conference, businesses will be offered analyses by the Association québécoise pour la maîtrise de l'énergie (AQME) to improve building energy efficiency, MOBA will recommend solutions for managing employee commutes and goods transport, and DESTL will provide sustainable development services. In addition, intercompany discussion groups will help businesses implement initiatives.
(from left to right) Josée Chiasson, General Manager, DESTL; Éric Prud'homme, General Manager, Desjardins Business - West of Montreal; Nicolas Girard, CEO, Fonds d'action québécois pour le développement durable; Alan DeSousa, Mayor of the borough of Saint-Laurent; Aref Salem, councillor for the borough of Saint-Laurent and Montreal Executive Committee member responsible for transportation; Aline Berthe, Coordinator, MOBA
Josée Chiasson, DESTL;and Aline Berthe, MOBA, with the speakers David Héon, CAE; Yan Ferron, BOMA Québec; Josée Noiseux, MC; Danielle St-Pierre, Écocert Canada; Keith Lawless, Air Transat; Wahid Maref, ÉTS; Julie-Anne Chayer, Groupe Agéco
Josée Chiasson, DESTL;and Aline Berthe, MOBA, with the speakers Dr. François Reeves, UdeM; Josée Noiseux, MC, Sylvain Ouellet, Technoparc Montréal; Karine DeBellefeuille, L'Oréal Distribution; Félix Gravel, CRE-Mtl; Bertrand Fouss, Coop Carbone
In a brainstorming session, the participants envisioned ways to revitalize industrial areas.
DESTL et MOBA thank their partners
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