Professor Jérôme Dupras, from the Department of Natural Sciences, accompanies the organizers in order to make MosaïCanada 150 an environmentally-friendly event
Gatineau – Wednesday, July 19th 2017 – The Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) is proud to collaborate with MosaïCanada 150 - Gatineau 2017, one of the highlights of the 150th anniversary celebrations of Confederation in Canada’s Capital Region.
Jérôme Dupras, professor at the Department of Natural Sciences and researcher at UQO’s Institut des Sciences de la forêt tempérée (ISFORT), worked with the organizers of MosaïCanada 150 to develop an eco-friendly plan for this event. Since its official opening on June 30th, MosaïCanada 150 has attracted record crowds at Gatineau’s Jacques-Cartier Park.
"It is important more than ever that the environment be at the heart of our personal and collective actions. MosaïCanada 150’s commitment to minimize the environmental impact of hundreds of thousands of visitors is a testament to the commitment of this organization and its partners to sustainable development ", says Jérôme Dupras.
The founder and great architect of MosaïCanada 150, Lise Cormier adds: "The art of Mosaïculture is a celebration of the beauty of the plant world. It is only natural that we make the necessary efforts to make this event environmentally-friendly. "
For Professor Dupras, this is a second collaboration with Mosaïculture. He worked for the event when it was held in Montreal in 2013, where he acted as an advisor for sustainable development. Just like in Montreal, MosaïCanada 150 presents wonderful horticultural works of art fashioned from plants. This long-term work required months of preparation and Professor Dupras lent his expertise.
Jérôme Dupras explained the efforts made and the strategies adopted by MosaïCanada150 in order to meet the standards of the Quebec’s Bureau de normalisation du Québec (Norme BNQ 9700-253), whether it’s water management, residual materials (99 % of the waste will be recycled or composted), or planting hundreds of trees to compensate for CO2 emissions during the transportation of organizers and visitors.
Norme BNQ 9700-253 is a nationally and internationally recognized standard, which aims both to reduce the ecological footprint of events and to increase local economic and social benefits. The standard, developed around the 16 principles of the Sustainable Development Act of Quebec, focuses on the main aspects of the organization of events. No fewer than 56 specific requirements aim to integrate sustainable development principles into supplier selection, material, energy and water management, residual materials management, as well as food and transport.
In concrete terms, this environmental commitment translates into actions with many positive spin-offs. These include the hundreds of trees planted to compensate for CO2 emissions from the transport of organizers and visitors, the promotion of local purchases for food and plants necessary for the composition of the works, and various awareness-raising activities. It should also be noted that the weighing and characterization of the waste will ensure that approximately 99 % of the waste generated by the event will be recycled or composted, a major action for an event of this magnitude.
For the MosaïCanada150’s team, this major environmentally-responsible venture would not have been possible without the participation of many partners. To this end, Professor Dupras and Mrs. Cormier underline the essential contribution of the Réseau des femmes en environnement, du Conseil québécois des évènements écoresponsables, l’Université du Québec en Outaouais, l’Institut des sciences de la forêt tempérée, as well as the groups Taking Roots/Enracine and Enviro Éduc-Action.
Source: Louis Lafortune
Université du Québec en Outaouais
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