It is proven that temperatures in areas that have no vegetation are significantly higher than those in areas covered in vegetation, a phenomenon that has a drastic impact on air quality and health. Candiac has more than 17,000 trees on municipal rights of way, which provides lower heat levels than adjacent municipalities. Living here is that much cooler!
Every year, the City of Candiac administration attends international congresses to get inspiration from the most innovative cities about issues like the environment, urban planning, development and sustainable transportation. Whether it is Germany, France, Malaysia or Spain, the City of Candiac has been inspired by the principles and ideas that are presented during these visits. These ideas become ambitions and tangible objectives, like those that inspired Candiac’s Strategic Development Plan for 2018-2033, which was created using the guidelines for sustainable development established by the United Nations.
Through innovation and unprecedented practices, the municipality has positioned itself as a leader in this area. Whether it is the use of an ecological method to control the emerald ash borer, development projects with solar gardens, systems for the bioretention of rainwater or snow removal of one-third of its bike paths, the city has taken major steps to ensure the well-being of future generations.
Here are some examples of the innovative and sustainable features of Square Candiac:
Sometimes you need to demolish to build something better. But can we think out of the box? Recycle instead of throw away? In Candiac, we wanted to do things differently. Destroying an abandoned factory to make way for an oasis island is an improvement. Recycling more than 90% of the materials from the demolition, even going as far as reusing them in the new project, now that’s smart!
The City of Candiac’s 6 strategic projects of its strategic plan for 2018-2033 are inspired by some of the 17 sustainable development objectives established by the UN Member States. These guidelines are a global call to action and responsibility to collectively transform our world and make the right choices to sustainably improve standards for future generations. Implementation at the local and municipal levels are essential to achieving the guidelines established by the United Nations. It is the duty of the City of Candiac and its residents to take part in this movement and take action. After all, we all live in a global village and every gesture counts.