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19 Oct 2013

Varennes “green city” presented in New York

Martin Damphousse, Mayor of Varennes; Dasha Rettew, Head of Member Engagement at The Climate Group; Manon Boucher, Acting Delegate General, DGQNY; Cecil Scheib, Director of Advocacy at Urban Green Council; and Susan Pak, Economic Affairs Attachée, DGQNY (Photo: DGQNY)

Varennes Mayor Martin Damphousse was in New Jersey and New York on October 11 and 12, primarily to participate in the “Cities Making the Difference through Energy & Environmental Innovation” conference. The event was organized by the New Jersey Technology Council in collaboration with the Québec Government Office in New York (DGQNY) and was held at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

During a panel discussion on buildings and infrastructure, Mayor Damphousse gave a presentation on the Varennes Novoparc, a green and renewable energy innovation hub that is unique in the American northeast. He also discussed his city’s green initiatives. The audience was composed of professionals from the environmental technology industry and municipal stakeholders.

These initiatives include:

  • the acquisition of municipal electric vehicles
  • the gradual replacement of street lights with LED technology
  • the recent opening of a zero-emissions library - a first in Canada with respect to municipal buildings.

During his visit, Mayor Damphousse also networked with mayors and company leaders in the region and met with Manon Boucher, Acting Delegate General at the Québec Government Office in New York, Dasha Rettew, Head of Member Engagement at The Climate Group, and Cecil Scheib, Director of Advocacy at Urban Green Council.

The economic mandates of the Québec Government Office in New York include promoting Québec’s areas of excellence and helping companies find partners for forging strategic alliances.

Christopher McAulitte; Morgan Lewis, moderator; Martin Damphousse, Mayor of Varennes; Joel Sorkin, Environmental and Energy Services Director, City of Newark; Deane Evans, Director, New Jersey Institute of Technology; and Daniel Gans, CEO, Hoboken Brownstone (Photo: DGQNY


Québec Government Office in New York
Varennes Novoparc
The Climate Group
Urban Green Council
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