• Carmen Marie Fabio and John Jantak

Vaudreuil-Dorion citizens invited to present environmental briefs at upcoming consultation


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Mayor Guy Pilon (left) along with Councillors Robert Laurence and Paul Normand stand alongside a new logo to promote the upcoming public consultation meeting regarding future environmental initiatives which will be held at Centre Multisports on Boulevard de la Gare on April 25 at 7 p.m.

Vaudreuil-Dorion is encouraging residents and organizations to participate at an upcoming public consultation meeting to help the city refine its environmental policy by presenting briefs and making recommendations as to how the city can best achieve future goals, announced Mayor Guy Pilon during a press conference at the Centre Multisports on March 16.

The theme of the meeting titled Reducing our Footprint Together should emphasize suggestions and strategies the city can undertake to promote new green initiatives while reducing the environmental impact made through human activity. It will be held at Centre Multisports on Boulevard de la Gare on April 25 at 7 p.m.

In order to facilitate the public consultation process, participants are asked to register their intention to make a presentation or provide suggestions by registering with the city’s environment department ahead of the meeting via email at environment@ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca or by calling (450) 455-3371, option 1.

Integrating environmental aspects

For Mayor Guy Pilon, the city’s environmental policy initiative is a continuation of the efforts it has made throughout the years to integrate environmental aspects into its urban development plan. Its ability to successfully harmonize both has been one reason as to why people decide to relocate to Vaudreuil-Dorion, he said.

“There are a lot of things we have done already. We are the first municipality to have a complete environmental department. We have policies already in place regarding the planting of trees, community gardens, water use, and even a number of parking places on asphalt. We plant about 500 trees each year and we are one of the most active towns in the region when it comes to the environment,” Pilon told Your Local Journal.

“We will put people’s recommendations it in as part of our rules and because it will be official, every department will have to work with the scope of the new environmental policy that we’re developing,” he added.

New logo unveiled

Pilon, along with Councillors Robert Laurence and Paul Normand, also unveiled a new logo to promote the environmental policy initiative which represents the entire territory including water, fields and forests, and environmental footprint.

“The unveiling of our environmental policy will determine the orientation our city will take,” said Laurence. “We already have a lot of initiatives that we have put in place over the last 10 years and we are now going to make a more formal process to consult with our citizens and organizations that are environmentally conscious.

“We will take into account whatever good ideas are proposed by the people who participate and try to integrate those suggestions to improve our environmental policy to make it more citizen-friendly and to make sure the quality of the environment continues to improve our quality of life,” Laurence added.

Citizens are also invited to complete an online survey by April 1 to share their priorities regarding the environment at fr.surveymonkey.com/r/Environmental_policy_VD.

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