What is sustainable development?

Sustainable Development refers to a long-term vision developed by a company to  integrate ecological and social dimensions into its strategic planning, with the aim of ensuring its sustainability while reducing its environmental footprint on the planet. Our commitment to our employees and customers is important, but so is our commitment to future generations, which is why Services Paysagers Dominique Filion judiciously integrates Sustainable Development into its business practices. 

Co-creating with nature is our mission. As stewards of the land, our pledge is to protect and enhance the quality of the environment,  while preserving our natural heritage and the richness of our biodiversity and ecosystems. All these essential components of sustainable development are at the forefront of our aspirations and so is our commitment to supporting the socio-economic development of our dear community.

Here is our ESG / RES sustainable development plan:

ESG ASPIRATIONS

1P. Planetary aspiration

Going the extra mile to preserve the environment

2P. Human aspiration

Always pushing towards greater social equity

3P. Performance aspiration

Always striving for improved economic efficiency

4P. Prosperity aspiration

Constantly working towards improved governance

We mobilize these 4Ps towards a fifth: sustainability.

 

We're committed for life

Sustainable development is at the very heart of every project we undertake, and we ensure our solutions are tailored to your needs. 

Sustainable development is at the very heart of every project we undertake, and we ensure our solutions are tailored to your needs. 

Sustainable development is at the very heart of every project we undertake, and we ensure our solutions are tailored to your needs. 

To this end, we devote particular attention to:

Heat island reduction
  • Use of light-colored pavers/slabs to reflect light;
  • Green roofing to create an insulating effect (temperature control in the building), increase biodiversity and reduce GHGs.
Efficient water management
  • Channeling runoff water to dry wells
  • Use of permeable paving, replacing conventional practices (asphalt/concrete paving) to reduce water runoff, allow percolation into the ground as well as recharge the underground water supply.
Appropriate vegetation
  • Planting trees to increase canopy cover (e.g., to shade parking lots), promote biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Planting perennials and shrubs to reduce ambient noise, provide insulation and an invigorating living space for pollinators.

 

Sustainable materials
  • Minimizing the ecological footprint by using natural materials; cedar wood, natural stone, etc.
  • Use of sustainable materials: prefabricated concrete, composite wood, etc.

A green
project
in mind?

Our landscape architects and garden designers will be delighted to answer any questions you may have on the matter, and will be able to suggest solutions that will seamlessly integrate with your dream project.

A few examples of our green projects

Saint-Bruno-sur-le-Lac

The idea behind this project was to breathe new life into this old abandoned site located in the heart of the city, and to offer an exceptional living environment to new residents and condo owners by providing access to water and lush natural surroundings. 

Everything was designed and built to offer residents a pleasant, safe and welcoming environment. The pedestrian walkways were designed to connect common spaces such as the in-ground pool and the waterfront to the parking areas and residential buildings.

Sustainable development practices employed in this project include the following:

  • Naturalization and stabilization of the banks around the site.
  • Recovery of runoff water in underground retention basins.
  • Creation of vegetated water retention ditches
  • Installation of green roofs

 

 

Humaniti

Located in Montreal’s International District, this large-scale landscaping project reflects the architectural boldness of the two buildings. Featuring a central water feature, a huge paved area designed for smooth circulation, rest areas, and inviting rooftop terraces, this development offers a unique sensory and cultural experience. 

The project features a range of sustainable development techniques: 

  •  Green roofing for the central terrace
  • The color of the reflective paving (pale)
  • Planters on the roofs of the buildings
Montreal - Journey into the courtyard

“Creating a peaceful oasis”, thus  was our brief. We used natural stone on the steep slopes, and incorporated several species of conifers to add a touch of greenery and create an intimate, lush universe.

Different textures of materials were used to delineate specific zones. A staircase, fully integrated into the organic-style layout, facilitates access to the pathway higher up, while a natural wood fence guarantees privacy when dining on the terrace.

In terms of sustainable development, several approaches were put forward for this project, including: 

  • Planting the slopes with plants with strong root systems to counter soil erosion
  • The use of noble materials such as natural stone for the terrace and cedar wood for the fence and balcony
  • Soil permeation (pebble sections)
  • Use of a pale color for reflective paving stones
  • Burying gutters in a dry well
  • The incorporation of various plant species to foster biodiversity

 

Chambly - Invigorating Space

Set in a lush green setting, this garden is in perfect symbiosis with its natural surroundings. The in-ground pool becomes the focal point, as the antique cobblestone pathway, clean lines of the pool, and textured plants exquisitely blend together to create a sublime haven of peace.

Various aspects of sustainable development were used in this project, including:

  •  Increased soil permeability thanks to locally sourced pebble
  • Enhanced biodiversity through increased planted areas
  • Reduced water demand based on integrated planting beds and ground cover.

Our approach has been recognized and certified. Below are a few examples:

Since 2020, our company has held the CARBORESPONSABLE attestation for fulfilling all the requirements set by Enviro-accès inc. 

We also hold the Level 1 “Committed Organization” certification issued by Addère. ALT1: This attestation recognizes Quebec-based organizations that are seriously and proactively committed to integrating sustainable development into their business practices. 

Service Paysagers Dominique Filion is also one of the experts in eco-responsible landscaping listed in the Fonds Écoleader directory. As such, our services may qualify for funding as part of a project submitted to the Fonds Éco Leader financing program.

A few examples of our social commitments

Acting locally at the heart of the community.

We care about the health and well-being of our community, and support a number of local causes and non-profit organizations.  We’re actively engaged in the community, and so are our employees. It’s our way of rallying together, nurturing a sense of belonging and giving back.

Striving to apply the best practices

Equity and social solidarity are an integral part of our organizational DNA. We are dedicated to fostering diversity and equity in the management of our personnel, because the success of Services Paysagers Dominique Filion rests first and foremost on its employees. 

We encourage healthy lifestyles that promote well-being and personal fulfillment. Whether through good working conditions, employment creation or team spirit, people are at the heart of our aspirations. Here are our two priorities in this respect:

Here are our two priorities in this regard:

  1. DEVELOP SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
  2. RECOGNIZE AND MOBILIZE TALENT
Work is Health

Creating successful projects is only possible thanks to our workforce. Health, prevention and safety are our guiding principles. We train our employees to adopt best practices in occupational health and safety. We implement preventive, mitigative and remedial measures at the source.

Responsible ecologically and locally

Creating more with less is a stimulating challenge for us. We aim to establish a culture of sustainable, high-performance economy through the adoption of responsible management practices. We favor local purchases that respect environmental standards. We aim to reduce waste generation wherever possible, and to purchase products and materials that are sustainable, reusable, recyclable or recycled, or simply less harmful to the environment.

This is why we are committed to : 

  1. PURCHASING AND SOURCING RESPONSIBLY
  2. INCREASING OUR IMPACT ON LOCAL DEVELOPMENT