Check out our fall program!

Programmation automne 2018

Enjoy a varied 2018 fall program

Whether you’re interested in responsible consumption, biodiversity, sustainable development or climate change, the Centre for Sustainable Development has a record number of inspiring, topical events lined up for you this fall! Once again, the Centre will be a hub for meetings, discussions and innovations to promote sustainable development. Here’s a snapshot of the activities you can attend from September to December.


Keen to learn about sustainable mobility developments in Montreal and priorities for the coming years? Don’t miss Sustainable mobility in Montreal: The current situation and future direction hosted by CRE-Montréal [Montreal’s regional environment council] (September 10).

A few days later, Cataléthique will invite you to a cocktail-and-talk event on Business development corporations: Beyond local economic development to discuss the future of these main street advocates (September 13).

The David Suzuki Foundation and Wapikoni will host Those Who Belong to the Land, an event that includes screenings of short films and a talk on the relationship between indigenous communities and the land (September 27).

We’ll be talking about post-occupancy evaluation of green buildings in Post-occupancy results: Are green buildings living up to our expectations? (October 4).

Cataléthique and experts will present various voluntary carbon market opportunities at the cocktail-and-talk event Addressing climate challenge: Voluntary carbon market opportunities (October 11).

Interested in innovative sustainable urban development practices? Don’t miss Outremont site and surrounding areas: Campus MIL— flagship sustainable development project. This is a great opportunity to learn about this ambitious project (October 30).

Discover the house of the future: a solar dwelling that is net-zero energy capable—imagined and designed by students sponsored by Hydro-Québec in Deep-Performance Housing by TeamMTL (November 13).

Panels and round tables

A number of specialists and experts will be discussing sustainable development issues at the Centre this fall.

Firstly, A UQAM research team and their partners will join us for a lunchtime talk, Food waste: Issues and perceptions, to present their study results and make us stop and think about this problem (September 18).

COPTICOM, Strategy and Public Relations, in collaboration with various experts and managers, will present Responsible management and a just transition: Attracting and retaining talent in a context of labour shortage. At this panel discussion, you’ll find out how incorporating environmental and social values into an organization can benefit recruitment efforts (September 25).

Concerned about your online footprint and digital legacy? Option consommateurs invites you to discuss this technological issue at Consumers faced with digital death (October 18).

Ouranos and the Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l’environnement du Québec will suggest new ways of talking about climate change in Climate change: To move forward, perceptions need to change (October 24).

Just before the holiday season, Option consommateurs invites you to a panel discussion to discover Who are tomorrow’s consumers? and get you thinking before you start holiday shopping (December 5).

The launch of the National Climate League 2018 standings and a street hockey game await you at Measure what matters: The impact of indicators in the fight against climate change. This round table will be presented by Climate Reality Project Canada and the Montreal Climate Coalition (December 11).

Movie nights

We’re screening two movies at the Centre this fall. Prepare to be captivated!

French director Julien Peron’s What is happiness for you? explores how we can learn to be happy (November 9)

Iolande Cadrin-Rossignol’s Earth: Seen from the Heart is a documentary on biodiversity. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director and Karel Mayrand from the David Suzuki Foundation (November 21).


Three very different, moving photography exhibitions will be held in the lobby this fall.

Anticosti. September 6 to October 4: Discover Anticosti Island’s beauty at this exhibition by arts organization Résidence Nomade. Prepare to be amazed by this unique place we know so little about!

Colombia: A mutilated land. October 10 to November 4: Photographer Alexis Aubin explores the impact of landmines on Colombians in this photographic series. At the opening, Humanity & Inclusion will hold a talk on the issues faced by this country: Colombia, a country mutilated by landmines (October 10).

Cyclo Nord-Sud’s bike stories. November 8 to 28: Mikaël Theimer’s portrait photographs showcase this bike-recycling organization’s donors, partners and beneficiaries in Africa, South America and Quebec. There’ll be a talk at the opening hosted in collaboration with Cataléthique (November 8).

Special events

In preparation for the provincial elections in October, we’re giving you the opportunity to participate in an election debate in which the environment will be the focus of discussions with Montreal candidates (September 24).

Équiterre and the Association québécoise zéro déchet invite you to the Montreal Zero Waste Festival launch party. The theme of the evening will be Repair Your Things. Come and meet zero waste enthusiasts and discover tons of tips for repairing everyday objects (November 1).

Be sure to mark your calendar for two popular holiday season events: The 2018 Recycling-artists ecofair from November 30 to December 2, where you can discover or rediscover local artisans who make more with less!

And Amnesty International’s WriteForRights letter-writing marathon to mark International Human Rights Day. This is an opportunity for you to express your sympathy to those persecuted or arbitrarily imprisoned by writing a message of hope (December 10).

Mark the dates

We’re throwing open our doors this fall and hope to see many of you here! Many events will be webcast, so if you can’t attend one in person, you may be able to watch it online.


We’d like to thank our main program partner, Hydro-Québec, as well as Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Caisse d'économie solidaire Desjardins and Métro newspaper.

We’d also like to thank program collaborators Équiterre; Résidence Nomade; the Conseil régional de l'environnement de Montréal; Catalétique; UQAM’s Organizations, Sociétés, Environnement (OSE) research centre; UQAM’s Research Chair on ecological transition; La Transformerie; Protégez-Vous; CIRODD; COPTICOM Strategy and Public Relations; the David Suzuki Foundation; Wapikoni; the City of Montréal; Humanity & Inclusion; Option consommateurs; Ouranos; the Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l’environnement du Québec; the Association québécoise zéro déchet; Hydro‑Québec; Cyclo Nord-Sud; ENvironnement JEUnesse; Amnistie internationale Canada francophone; The Climate Reality Project Canada and the Montreal Climate Coalition.

The greenhouse gas emissions generated by participants’ transportation will be offset by Planetair.

Proud partner of Sustainable Montréal 2016–2020.

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