About 150 speakers will discuss pressing environmental issues at the 6th edition of the AMERICANA Conference with an expected 10,000 participants from Quebec, Canada and more than 50 other countries. The trade show, hosted by Reseau Environnement April 6-8, at the Montreal Convention Center, promises to be the biggest multi-sector environmental technology event in America in 2005.
The Honourable John Efford, Federal Minister of Natural Resources, will open the three-day conference where experts and consultants taking part in theme sessions will present their views on a number of pressing issues, including:
The Kyoto Protocol: What Does the Carbon Market Have in Store for Us? — Charles Cormier, World Bank
Transportation of the Future: A Motor of Change? Florence Juna Adenot, Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Urban Storm Water Management: Searching for and Applying Indicators of Environmental Sustainability – Jiri Marsalek, National Water Resource Institute, Environment Canada
Health and Drinking Water Quality Regulation Issues — Panel discussion with a selection of experts, including Michele Prevost, Chair on Drinking Water, Ecole Polytechnique.
The Emergence of Green Buildings and Eco-infrastructures at the Dawn of the 21st Century – Lise M. Tremblay, Architect
Demystifying ECO-CITY – Montreal’s Strategic Sustainable Development Plan – Alan DeSousa, Executive Committee, City of Montreal
Promising Environmental Solutions: ECO-CITY
AMERICANA 2005 has adopted the theme "ECO-CITY: Generating Sustainable Environmental Solutions." By 2005, 60% of the world’s population will be concentrated in urban agglomerations. This kind of demographic pressure constitutes a tremendous challenge for which sustainable environmental solutions must be quickly identified and implemented.
Accordingly, the ecological city, ECO-CITY, has emerged as a planning model for municipal decision-makers. Management of environmental issues must transcend sectarian approaches (water, air, soil) and promote the development of integrated approaches that are based on the largest number of parameters possible. Industry is invariably affected, because, alongside municipalities, it is a generator of technological breakthroughs in these integrated approaches.
Highlights of AMERICANA 2005
More than 400 companies and organizations will present their most recent environmental technology products and services, making the event a showcase of expertise. The New Product Showcase will highlight several innovations, while up and coming industries will be featured in the Environmental Place. AMERICANA 2005 will play host to a number of foreign pavilions, including France, Walloonia and the United States, as well as a number of Canadian contributors who will be present at booths representing the various provinces.
The International Business Matchmaking Forum, which promotes the export of environmental know-how, will offer Canadian companies more than 600 opportunities for individual meetings with foreign delegates, including industry and municipal managers from the four corners of the globe.
AMERICANA Promoting the Green Option
In response to the concepts of "Zero Waste" and "Zero Emission" that are emerging at environmental conferences, AMERICANA is placing the emphasis on green. The event will make every effort to minimize the amount of waste material generated. One of the many initiatives being tested is the distribution of biodegradable cotton bags for document holders. To promote greenhouse gas reduction, a car pooling forum is also provided for participants, as well as reductions on mass transit fares.
AMERICANA 2005 is made possible by the support of its partners, the Government of Canada and the Government of Qubec, as well as financial contributions by Biogenie, BPR, Hydro-Qubec, Solmers, the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, well as VIA Rail, the event’s official carrier.
AMERICANA was created in 1995 by RESEAU environnement, Quebec’s largest environmental industry association. Active since 1962, RESEAU environnement today represents more than 1,900 members. To find out more about RSEAU environnement, visit the website at www.reseau-environnement.com
For more information about AMERICANA, visit www.americana.org