Espace Sedna-Cascades-Rebut global The STM embarks with Jean Lemire on his eco-construction project !

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Espace Sedna-Cascades-Rebut global
The STM embarks with Jean Lemire
on his eco-construction project !

Montreal, August 8, 2007 - In the spirit of its strategy for sustainable development, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) opened it doors to treasure hunters from the eco-construction project, which is made almost entirely from salvaged or recycled materials.

The Société thus enabled them to make some extraordinary finds and to leave with enough bus and métro seats to furnish their projection room and the side of a bus that will make a pier-side windowed office.

« For the STM, sustainable development is the vision of a global approach requiring that all players pay greater attention to their responsibilities and to the social, economic and environmental consequences of their decisions. Hence, our involvement in this wonderful project undertaken by Jean Lemire. In this respect, I would like to recognize the excellent work of the craftsmen who worked on the construction of Espace Sedna Cascades Rebut global » declared the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Claude Trudel.

« By integrating the principles of sustainable development into our way of thinking, into our strategies and into our management methods, we assure ourselves that we are able to respond adequately to the new challenges that the Montréal region is facing » he added.

It should be noted that in addition to having contributed to the creation of Espace Sedna-Cascades-Rebut Global, experts from the STM will be there during the year to present a few of the hundred or so concrete actions that the Société has taken in the area of sustainable development.

For example:

  • the « green driving » programme for bus drivers. Set up in 2005, it enables the Société to reduce its GHG emissions by more than 2,500 tonnes annually, the equivalent of withdrawing 578 cars1 from circulation.

  • the retreading of bus tires on which the tread is worn but on which the walls are still safe, for some 40 years. Close to 2,800 tires are retreaded each year, representing approximately 46 % of the total tire volume.

  • the opening in 2009 of a new « green » building in the bus network containing 950 square meters of planted roof, nearly 500 square meters of solar wall, an energy-efficient building envelope, a rainwater management pond with plants, natural light in the work areas, energy-efficient lighting and paint without volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. This new building will also allow for the recycling of 15 million litres of water annually for the bus-washers.

The Société de transport de Montréal hopes that a great number of people will go and visit Espace Sedna-Cascades-Rebut global and emphasizes that public transit is the best way of heading towards the Clock Tower Pier in the Old Port of Montréal.

1 Calculation based on an average annual distance of 20,000 km travelled by a car

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