In the context of a greener environment championed by Park-Extension officials and citizens with the creation of the Dickie Moore park the city of Montreal was a resounding success story at the 2022 World Green City Awards on the 14th of October 2022.
As the Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, prepares to represent Montreal at the C40 World Mayors Summit , the largest network of mayors committed to the ecological transition in the world, the City of Montreal is proud to saw its environmental leadership rewarded as part of the World Green City Awards 2022. This international awards ceremony highlights municipal initiatives in terms of green projects that contribute to meeting local aspirations as well as better economic, social and environmental resilience.
Three promising projects were rewarded, including the Botanical Garden, which won the prize in its category. Implemented by the Montreal Botanical Garden in recent years, the phytotechnology stations project is the big winner in the Living Green for water category. It aims to solve environmental problems facing the Garden while integrating educational elements intended to explain how plants represent alternative solutions to conventional engineering approaches.
With its 2020-2030 Conservation, Improvement and Development Master Plan, a finalist in the Living Green for Economic Recovery and Inclusive Growth category, Parc Jean-Drapeau is expanding its social influence and its contribution to today’s societal issues by including ecological transition, diversity and inclusion among its guiding principles, as well as sustainable development and conservation among its main strategic objectives.
Finally, aiming to root nature in the city, by putting biodiversity and green spaces at the heart of decision-making, the City of Montreal has also received an out-of-category certificate of merit for its Urban Agriculture Strategy. Montréal is a world leader in urban agriculture thanks to its numerous citizen, community and commercial initiatives, and this strategy supports the practice of urban agriculture so that it develops in a sustainable manner.
“The ecological transition is a priority, which is at the heart of every decision taken by our administration. Since climate issues know no borders, Montreal’s international leadership on environmental issues is important. The ambition that we have, we must carry it as much on the local scene as on the international scene. And the recognition we receive today demonstrates that we are on the right track. Next week, I will continue this momentum when I am on mission in Buenos Aires, as part of the C40 World Mayors Summit. This important mission will mobilize cities and governments around the world in view of COP 15 on biodiversity, which Montreal will host in December,” explained the Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante.
Photo : Espace pour la vie / Mathieu Rivard