Sherbrooke will fight against heat islands

Sherbrooke will fight against heat islands

At Cégep de Sherbrooke, a pilot project is underway to reconfigure part of the parking spaces and the traffic lane between pavilions 2 and 5. We recognize the sustainable development advisor of Cégep de Sherbrooke, Michel Bélanger.

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Isabelle Pion La Tribune The east of Sherbrooke will be a little greener by 2022. The Regional Council for the Environment of Estrie (CREE) has obtained the green light to carry out a joint project aimed at fighting the islets of heat. The Cégep de Sherbrooke, the City of Sherbrooke and the Center de services scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke (CSSRS) are joining forces to put in place a series of measures that will make it possible to green various sectors of the city. The dossier, overseen by CREE, was selected in a provincial call for proposals from the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ). The partners will receive a sum of $ 1 million to make this initiative a reality.

This one, called “Wind of freshness on the East”, will be declined in different ways.

The measures must allow a “significant increase in the rate of revegetation of an urban space”.

They must also provide for partial or total demineralization, through the planting of trees, the revegetation of buildings such as green roofs and the development of flower beds. The INSPQ program aims to “increase the resilience of communities” to the impacts of climate change and to reduce the risks associated with weather extremes. One can think for example of extreme heat. Sherbrooke was among the 12 eligible cities.

“We have started to implement certain actions,” notes Alexandre Demers, assistant for ecological transition at CREE.

At Cégep de Sherbrooke, a pilot project is underway to reconfigure part of the parking spaces and the traffic lane between pavilions 2 and 5.

“We want to see if we can eventually green these areas, make sidewalks for pedestrians and offer a more pleasant, less stressful and greener experience to our pedestrians, who come mainly from the buses of the Société de transport de Sherbrooke (STS ). For three weeks, we closed certain accesses to see the impacts on our motorists and pedestrians and we took the opportunity to consult them, ”explains Michel Bélanger, sustainable development advisor at Cégep de Sherbrooke.

The Avenues school park-school, which has two pavilions, must take on a greener shade. This is located near the Cambron park.

“On the primary school side, it's a complete redevelopment of the schoolyard. There is really a whole reflection on the place of the tree and the contact with nature which comes into being, to ensure that the pupils can have a privileged contact, develop certain skills, certain knowledge in relation to trees, to plantations, ”says Alexandre Demers.

As part of its sustainable development strategy, the institution has also developed a pollinator garden this summer. It will come back to life next spring. “The idea was to choose native plants, which will serve as food for bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. This was done in partnership with the CRIFA in Coaticook (the DEP in horticulture and the City of Shebrooke.) It is part of our initiatives for sustainable development of the campus. “

With the City, a greening project is underway around and near the main King Est artery, and in areas such as Murray Street.

“Generally, there are a lot of shops with storefronts that are concrete and asphalt. It is an island of heat. What we want to bring into this space is greenery, canopy, and an aspect that affects more the management of surface water, where it will be possible to do so. Rather than just seeing the rainwater streaming towards the street, at that moment, what can be retained on the surface, it will be done, ”describes Alexandre Demers. “We want to use what will be done on this side as a model to see this type of development being reproduced elsewhere in the city. “

Full details of Vent de frais sur l'Est have not yet been released as an official announcement is due in the coming weeks.

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