QC: Two STM projects are Honored for Sustainable Development

Two STM projects were recognized June at the Prix Novae de l’entreprise citoyenne gala.

The Stinson bus garage was awarded a prize in the Sustainable Building category while Service Point for the Homeless, a joint project between the STM and the Société de développement social de Ville-Marie (SDSVM), was recognized in the Community Relations/Living Environment category. 

The Prix Novae de l'Entreprise citoyenne reward the best practices in sustainable development and social responsibility in Quebec, and the STM is very proud to have two of its projects recognized, while a third, the Sustainable Development Plan 2020, was also a finalist in the Business Strategy category.

Stinson bus garage

In operation since January 2014, the Stinson bus garage will ultimately be home to 200 standard buses and 100 articulated buses. Sustainable development principles were integrated at all stages of the project from conception through selection of materials and construction. This resulted in a unique green building targeted for LEED-NC Gold certification, which would be a Canadian first for this type of building.

The Stinson bus garage stands out particularly for its green roofs, its wooded sections and its parking areas planted with vegetation, which help reduce heat islands. It’s also distinguished by its system to recuperate heat and reduce water consumption by the bus washer as well as by the fact that the 300 buses circulate and are parked inside so as to reduce the impact on local residents.

Service point for the homeless 

In December 2012, the SDSVM, the STM and various corporate, social and medical partners joined forces to provide an innovative alternative for homeless people at Place-des-Arts station, notably by setting up a service point at Mission St. Michael. Thanks to this project, a social worker, in collaboration with metro constables from the STM, meets with homeless people in the métro to offer them a listening ear, help and a reference service. In one year, 430 interventions took place in the métro, of which 140 led to a medical or social consultation at Mission St. Michael.  In light of the positive results of phase 1, four other métro stations have been added for a period of three years: Berri-UQAM, Bonaventure, Atwater and McGill. Phase 2 will benefit from the efforts of two additional social workers.