Greening and Biodiversity

Greening increases our cities’ resilience to climate change while being a great way for citizens to actively get involved. As a member of Alliance Forêt Urbaine, VertCité supports projects that contribute to achieving the goal of planting 300,000 trees to increase Montréal’s canopy.

The greening of cities improves the health of residents and increases urban cool islands while protecting and developing the biodiversity necessary for ecosystems. Moreover, greening contributes to the pride and vitality of our communities by bringing people together.

The A Tree for my Neighbourhood campaign invites Montréal residents to plant a tree on their property. During this biannual campaign initiated by the Regroupement des éco-quartiers (REQ) and Société de verdissement du Montréal métropolitain (Soverdi), residents may purchase one or more trees for the special price of $25 ($35 for fruit trees). Different species are available and vary in size between 1.5 and 2 m.

Trees may be ordered online or in person at our points of service.

Essential to life and to the resilience of ecosystems, biodiversity is visible in the city to whomever takes the time to notice yet requires space to flourish. This is what motivates us to support projects that make our cities welcoming environments for all living creatures. Whether you wish to create a pollinator garden, insect hotel or bat house, we are on hand to support your initiatives.

Sous les pavés is an initiave of the Centre d’écologie urbaine de Montréal (CEUM) that was inspired by the Depave Paradise project of Green Communities Canada. The goal is to demineralize public spaces by replacing paved areas with green spaces through participatory depaving activities.

By 2020, a dozen sites will be completed with the help of various local partners including VertCité. This innovative initiative seeks to draw the attention of residents and decision makers on issues such as climate change and stormwater management. It is a unique opportunity for citizens to get involved in the process of adapting cities to extreme weather conditions, a first in Saint-Laurent!

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