Air and climate change

The issue of air and climate change includes matters such as the quality of the air we breathe, global warming and efficient energy use, all of which are closely related due to their impact on public health and the environment. There are various threats related to these matters, such as the presence of greenhouse gases and atmosphere particulate matter, which have negative effects on people’s well-being, especially the elderly and young children, as well as climate stability.   

Actions completed or currently being carried out by the City of Brossard:

  • Coupez le moteur (“Turn Off Your Engine”) awareness campaign aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Analyzing the City’s GHG emissions in collaboration with the urban agglomeration of Longueuil
  • Developing an action plan for reducing the City’s GHG emissions
  • Participating in the Défi climat (“Climate Challenge”) campaign aimed at raising City employees’ awareness of climate change prevention efforts

Urban Heat Island Reduction Initiative

In 2010, as part of its ongoing desire to offer residents a safe environment with a high quality of life, the City of Brossard developed a greening project in the A section whose main objectives were:
  • to prevent the formation of urban heat islands (artificial microclimates that occur in urban areas where the apparent temperature is significantly higher than in adjacent areas)
  • to raise awareness and inform the public about the benefits of specific urban planning initiatives in a neighbourhood
  • to create a sense of pride that strengthens residents’ connection to their city
Please note that the A section was selected because it is primarily inhabited by people who are at higher risk from the effects of urban heat islands (the elderly, young children, low-income families, etc.).

Four priority zones for greening initiatives were targeted within the A section, due to their having a number of features conducive to the creation of heat islands:
  • Zone 1: residential district at the corner of Aumont St.
  • Zone 2: Parc Aumont;
  • Zone 3: École Tourterelle and Sainte-Claire;
  • Zone 4: parking lot behind businesses along Taschereau Blvd.
The urban planning actions taken by the City to green these areas involved:  
  • Increasing the vegetation cover in the A section
  • Greening public parking lots
  • Creating a cool area in Parc Aumont
  • Greening the playgrounds of two elementary schools in the neighbourhood and nearby play areas.
These initiatives were carried out between July 2010 and December 2012. An interpretive sign explaining the activities carried out in Zone 2 was set up in Parc Aumont. Some of the work in Zone 3 was completed in the spring of 2013.

Sustainable Transport

You can view the different modes of sustainable transport offered by Brossard in the Transport section.