January 31, 2006 14:00 ET

Saint-Michel Teens Take Part in an Innovative Project: Official Launch of the C-Vert Project in the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension Borough

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2006) - Today, at the Cite des arts du cirque, TOHU, representatives of the Ville de Montreal, the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension borough and several other partners launched C-Vert, a pilot project based on research and action to help underprivileged teens learn about sustainable development and become involved in their community. The project is also designed to encourage these youngsters in their academic and professional development.

The Executive Committee approved a draft agreement between the Ville de Montreal, Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension borough and the Stephen R. Bronfman Foundation as part of the C-Vert project to be implemented in the Saint-Michel neighbourhood. The Ville de Montreal will invest $50,000 and the borough an additional $50,000 for this project totaling $400,000.

"I am delighted with this project, one that will enable Saint-Michel youngsters to take part in an experience that should inspire their academic and professional path and perhaps even lead to a career in the field of sustainable development. The C-Vert project is an innovative environmental education and awareness project that involves a private foundation, the provincial government and the city, as well as partners at the community level. It is a fine example of concerted effort involving a vision of the future," said Alan DeSousa, member of the executive committee responsible for economic and sustainable development.

"The Saint-Michel environmental complex is a genuine 21st century-laboratory. What a wonderful idea it is, setting up as it does, a project such as C-Vert in a borough that brings together environmental technology as well as recreational, industrial, educational and commercial functions," said Helen Fotopulos, member of the executive committee responsible for the environment, parks, blue and green spaces and Mount Royal, and for women.

"As the Mayor of the Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension borough, I am very pleased to see this project get off the ground, as it is in line with the Kyoto Accords. The C-Vert project is all the more interesting for our youngsters as it will benefit from the borough's major expertise in the field of environmental technology developed at the Saint-Michel environmental complex. It will also use social and community resources, including the Chantier de revitalisation urbaine de Saint-Michel and the Cite des arts du cirque. Young people must be encouraged to better understand the challenges of sustainable development and to become involved in that field. Also, the C-Vert project is in line with the borough's policy involving awareness, prevention and youth integration programs," said Anie Samson, the borough's newly elected mayor.

There are three parts to the C-Vert project. The first is dedicated to learning the concepts of sustainable development, which involves a nature trip and workshops held by ecologists and leading decision-makers. The second encourages youngsters to investigate and prioritize challenges before seeking validation from their peers. The third part involves a sustainable development action plan for community partners and elected officials.

Twenty teenagers, 14 to 16 years of age, have been chosen from Saint-Michel schools and community groups. Incidentally, they have just returned from their first winter camping experience. The photographs they took during their trip will be shown to the public on Thursday, February 2 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the TOHU. Everybody is welcome.

Contact Information

  • Source:
    Ville de Montreal
    Cabinet du maire et du comite executif
    Darren Becker
    (514) 872-6412
    Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension borough
    Claude Raymond
    (514) 872-4423