Montréal leverages design and creativity to build a greener future

published on December 19, 2019
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Named an official UNESCO City of Design in 2006, Montréal has long taken design seriously. In keeping with that commitment, the City of Montréal has just unveiled the Montréal 2030 Agenda for Quality and Exemplarity in Design and Architecture, an initiative to use design, innovation and creativity as a tool to successfully navigate the environmental and social transition cities are facing.

The Agenda makes designers and architects partners in implementing the City’s “Rêvons Montréal 2020-2030” vision, an online consultation platform where citizens were invited to share their dreams for the social and environmental future of Montréal.

Towards a greener future

A major drive in the 2030 Agenda relates to the climate emergency, pointing Montréal towards a greener future with a strong focus on sustainability. Certified as an environmentally sustainable destination for meetings and events by iCompli Sustainability, major venues like our convention centre the Palais des congrès de Montréal (a participant in the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development) are leading the way forward in the events industry. And further initiatives included in the 2030 Agenda are keeping Montréal at the forefront of modern green living.

Montréal is an active member of C40 Cities, a network of nearly 100 of the world’s largest cities committed to addressing climate change, and aims to become carbon neutral by 2050, by offsetting all of its emissions.

Speaking on behalf of the C40 member cities at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City on September 23, 2019, Montréal Mayor Valérie Plante committed the city to reducing emissions by 55%, compared with 1990 levels, by 2030.

A landscape punctuated by iconic structures

Design is in Montréal’s DNA. The landscape is punctuated by iconic structures by some of the world’s most celebrated architects – including Mies van der Rohe, I.M. Pei, Buckminster Fuller and local superstar Moshe Safdie – and the city is a hotbed of creative energy noticed the world over.

Through collaboration with architects, city planners and other major stakeholders, city’s 2030 Agenda is continuing that commitment to urban beauty and livability.

Read the full Agenda here (.pdf).

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