Port of Montréal to plant 375 trees
The Port of Montréal is partnering with Société de verdissement du Montréal métropolitain (Soverdi) – the Greening Society of Metropolitan Montréal - and Alliance Forêt urbaine – the Urban Forest Alliance - to extend the canopy of greenery on its lands, with a first step for the alliance being the planting of 375 trees.
The Canadian port, along with Soverdi, is developing a greening plan revolving around the renaturalisation of sites interfacing with the St. Lawrence River on which it is located; consolidation of the port’s institutional image through a formal redevelopment encompassing a wide range of species; and the optimal association of plants with neighbourhoods to create green filters made up of numerous plant textures.
As well as improving the landscape, the work with Soverdi, which is a nonprofit organisation (NPO) that implements urban greening strategies to improve people’s health and quality of life, and Alliance Forêt urbaine, which was created in 2012 by Soverdi to implement the private and institutional component of the City of Montréal’s Canopy Action Plan, will have effects including reducing heat islands and aiding air quality.
Through the collaboration venture, the port joins about a hundred private partners already active in the greening of private and institutional lands in the city of Montréal.
Planting new trees is part of the port’s commitment to bettering its employees’ quality of life and its neighbourhood as well as taking concrete environmental action – which is being realised through the greening plan.
By improving the existing development of its land, the port wants to motivate other landowners to plant more trees in order for their benefits to spread throughout the local area.
Sylvie Vachon, president and chief executive of the Montréal Port Authority, said that the port takes concrete steps to lower its environmental footprint and beautify the spaces along its facilities.
“At the Port of Montréal, the principles of sustainable development are at the heart of our operations,” she said.
“This partnership with Soverdi in the greening of Montréal’s landscape is a perfect fit with our approach.”
Malin Anagrius, executive director of Soverdi, said: “The involvement of major landowners is the key to carrying out greening projects, whose tree cover generates real, long-term benefits for the quality of life of a neighbourhood and for the health of its residents and visitors.”
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