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Ouimet Sud Parking Lot Recognized for Eco-responsible Development

6 décembre 2018

Montréal, December 6, 2018 - On December 5, Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa was presented with the Attestation Stationnement écoresponsable 2018 for the development of the Ouimet South parking lot, located in the Vieux-Saint-Laurent sector. This eco-responsible parking recognition by the Conseil régional de l'environnement de Montréal (CRÉ-Montréal) took place this morning at the McCord Museum.

"I'm very proud of this recognition of our expertise," stated Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa. "We wanted to make this space an example of the realization of an ideal. For the past several years, our teams have been seeking out best practices aimed at respecting the environment in order to apply them to all our projects. We hope the innovative solutions implemented at the Ouimet Sud parking lot will inspire businesses and organizations not only in Saint-Laurent, but also throughout Montréal and Québec."

Ecological parking: is it possible?

Built in 2014, the Ouimet Sud parking lot has undergone extensive changes to make it "greener". In addition to planting more trees and plants, the Borough of Saint-Laurent used plant material rather than asphalt concrete to cover the ground. Less polluting at the manufacturing stage, this product has the advantage of considerably reducing the heat island effect.

In addition, a bioretention basin runs alongside the parking lot. Covered with abundant vegetation, this basin makes it possible to hold back rainwater, filters it and directs it to the water tables. Then, in order to allow a constant rotation of this parking lot's users and to comply with the bylaw in force, 20 spaces have been set up there. Moreover, two charging stations for electric cars have also been installed at these parking facilities.

About the Attestation

The CRE-Montréal's Attestation Stationnement écoresponsable was created in 2017 to encourage the implementation of feasible, innovative, effective solutions by cities, institutions and businesses, which are increasingly aware of the role of parking as a strategic place to make physical or practical changes towards sustainable mobility, better rainwater management and heat island control.