Québec City - attracting green events

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At the forefront in innovation in green buildings, charming Québec City is proud of its environmental credentials, which it hopes to share with international association events

Beautiful Québec City is a big draw for visitors. A UNESCO world heritage city, it offers a stunning backdrop of history, culture and sport while providing great value as a conference destination. The region has all the advantages and amenities of a big city set against a spectacular natural backdrop.

Pedestrian-friendly, must-see attractions, the Convention Centre and numerous restaurants, hotels and shops can all be reached on foot.

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Québec City Convention Centre

The city and its venues pride themselves on their green credentials. Event organisers booking with the Québec City Convention Centre will enjoy access to trained experts, state-of-the-art equipment and a tried and tested waste collection and recycling system. The venue is committed to reclaiming at least 80 per cent of waste materials and compostable products generated by all convention activities. Filtered water fountains connected to the municipal water system are available in every room.

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The future in green building

Québec City is a leader in sustainable development and environmental protection thanks to an ecosystem of internationally renowned researchers, businesses and all levels of government that have come together to fight climate change. And in particular, Québec City region is at the forefront in the innovation of green building.

And Québec is practising what it preaches. Thirty per cent of its more than 160 major green projects scheduled for completion by 2020 are focused on sustainable development and green technologies, which represents $8.3 billion in investment.

Air and waste management

In June 2019, Québec City welcomed nearly 1,500 experts and researchers on air pollution to the US Air and Waste Management Association’s (A&WMA) Annual Conference and Exhibition, ACE 2019. Held at the Québec City Convention Centre, it is the most important forum on research and development in the environmental, air and waste-management industries. It brings together scientists, regulators, suppliers and educators to advance the science of protecting the environment.

Protecting peatlands

Line Rochefort, Professor at Université Laval’s Plant Sciences Department, is a world-renowned expert in peatland ecology, and a member of the Québec City’s Ambassadors’ Club. “Peatlands are the most efficient carbon sink on the planet,” says. Rochefort. “They are the largest natural terrestrial carbon stores, which means peatland plants capture CO2 naturally. In fact, they store more carbon than all other types of vegetation in the world combined.”

Rochefort has organised several events in order to foster international exchanges regarding research on peatland conservation and rehabilitation, including the Québec 2000 Millennium Wetlands Event attended by more than 2,000 scientists from around the world.

In July 2020 Québec RE3 Conference will take place at the Québec City Convention Centre and welcome more than 1,500 scientists. The conference’s theme, Reclaim, Restore, Rewild, will share knowledge on the ecological management of wetlands.

Rochefort credits Québec City’s Ambassadors’ Club for providing all the help she needed to organise the conference. She also points out that Québec’s various levels of government have been long-standing proponents of environmentally sound peatland management, offering funding for research and events like the Québec RE3 Conference.

According to Rochefort, Canada, which has approximately 25 per cent of the world’s peatlands and that cover about 12 per cent of the country’s surface area, is at the forefront of restoration ecology best practices.

For further information:

Ann Cantin, Communications and Marketing Director Québec City Business Destination acantin@convention.qc.ca


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