World Environment Day and Platinium ENVISION award for the new Champlain bridge

For World Environment Day, Signature on the Saint Lawrence (SSL) and Infrastructure Canada (INFC) today received the highest award, PLATINUM, based on the ENVISION® sustainable infrastructure rating system, from Melissa Peneycad, Head of ENVISION verification program at the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), for the New Champlain Bridge Corridor Project.

This is the first ENVISION® project evaluated in Quebec and the first large-scale bridge in Canada to receive the award, which recognizes all the efforts made to observe the highest standards in terms of environmental performance and sustainable development.

Marthe Robitaille, who leads the environmental part of the project, is proud of the results: Given the unique requirements of this project and the leadership of the SSL Management team in protecting the environment, we wanted to aim for the highest level of recognition, i.e. PLATINUM. We are very proud today of this result. I thank all the teams that enabled us to attain this prestigious award. This is a great day for us.” 

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, is also delighted with this recognition: ” I would like to congratulate Infrastructure Canada and Signature on the St. Lawrence environmental teams for their hard work in developing and enforcing environmental requirements for the new Champlain Bridge Corridor project. The new Champlain Bridge will not only be an efficient and modern transportation infrastructure, but also an example of sustainable development and innovation that Montrealers and Canadians will be proud of.

ENVISION® is a sustainable infrastructure rating system from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), a Washington-based organization, that specifically targets urban infrastructures (roads, bridges and train stations). It is comparable to the LEED certification program in the construction industry.

As the New Champlain Bridge Corridor Project is a flagship project for Quebec and Canada, and it was therefore crucial to obtain the highest recognition possible.