In Saint-Laurent, we're taking action for the climate!
In Saint-Laurent, the environment is part of who we are—and has been for many years.
Taking action for the climate and for biodiversity means thinking about tomorrow while improving our quality of life today.
Join the movement!
The Climate Emergency Plan
With our 2021-2030 Climate Emergency Plan, we’re taking concrete steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect biodiversity and adapt to climate change.
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Your contributions are pivotal as we face the climate crisis. You, too, can take a step in the right direction, right now!
- Dispose of your trash, recyclables and compost in the right bin
- Visit the Parc Marcel-Laurin woodland and discover the flora and fauna of Saint-Laurent
- Turn off any lights or electronic devices you’re not using
- Close your curtains on hot days
- Wash your clothes in cold water
- Plan your meals around reducing food waste
- Mow less often, letting your lawn reach 8 to 20 cm high, and leave your grass clippings on the ground. This is called grasscycling!
- Try leafcycling in the fall—shred your leaves and “leave” them on the ground
- Plant flowers that pollinators like bees and monarch butterflies enjoy
- Make a plan for evacuating your home in case of a flood or a prolonged power outage
- Borrow or buy what you need second-hand rather than buying new items
- Use a clothesline rather than your dryer
- Seal your windows in winter and lower your heat slightly
- Replace one car trip—walk or bike instead
- Buy local whenever possible
- Once a week, swap out a meal containing red meat with a vegetarian alternative
- Use eco-friendly cleaning products
- When they’re at the end of their lifespan, replace halogen bulbs with LED ones
- Purchase carbon credits to offset emissions caused by traveling. Several different organizations offer this service!
- Pile branches on your land to create shelters for local fauna
- Repair a broken object instead of throwing it out
- Commute to work using active or public transportation
- Try carpooling
- Install low-flow shower heads and faucet attachments
- Install a rainwater-collection barrel to catch runoff and water your plants with it
- Replace your analog thermostat with a smart one
- Choose energy-efficient appliances
- Opt for a heat pump rather than traditional air-conditioning
- Make a pollinator garden
- Compost your own green waste
- Donate to an organization that fights to protect biodiversity and the environment
- Build and set up a nest box for birds
- Get involved with the organization VertCité
- Build a rain garden
- Buy your groceries in bulk
- Preserve seasonal fruits and vegetables so you can eat local year-round
- Convert your heating system from oil to electric
- Choose sustainable materials for construction or renovation work
- Insulate your walls and attic
- Install solar panels on the roof of your home
- Sign up for a carsharing service
- Subscribe to a car-sharing service, adopt car-pooling, and optimize your active transportation
Each of these small steps has a big impact!
- More connections with nature
- More quality time with family
- More opportunities to move your body
- More comfort during heat waves or cold snaps
- More community spirit
- More pride in being part of a movement for change
- Less money spent on electricity, heating, cooling and gas bills
- Less money spent on single-use items
- Less time spent in traffic or mowing the lawn
Environmental grant programs
Several different programs exist to help you make your green transition:
- Purchase of personal hygiene products
- Emergency preparedness kit financial assistance
- Purchase of sustainable feminine hygiene products
- Cloth diapers for babies
- Environmentally-friendly household equipment
- Fuel-free landscaping equipment
Want to take a step towards a more energy-efficient home?
Several different grant programs are available: Rénoclimat,Novoclimat, JeRénovEco, Éconologis.
If you’re interested in converting an oil-based heating system to electric, look into the Chauffez vert program.
Lastly, Roulez vert is a program that encourages the purchase of electric vehicles and the installation of charging stations.