When I was offered the job to be a green patroller I was instantly excited and hopeful to have a summer job that is directly related to my field. I am in my last year at Concordia studying environmental sciences therefore to have a paid internship with Eco-quartier is very beneficial to me. As well, the Eco-quartier I work for is in my neighborhood, Notre-dame-de-Grâce, which has allowed me to better connect to my community and its wellbeing. Our main focus this summer has been food waste, since this program started very recently in late 2016 and early 2017 since the food waste collection began in late 2016 and early 2017. We go door to door to ask residents how they are finding the new program, focusing on improvement in any way possible.

Another very important mandate we have as green patrollers is finding home owners who have ash trees on their property. To be able to exercise our ecology skills through identifying different tree species (specifically ash trees) is very stimulating and rewarding. Unfortunately, the reason why we are finding ash trees isn’t as positive: the emerald ash borer has put 200 000 trees in Montreal at risk. To remedy this situation the Eco-quartier has the program “Un Arbre Pour Mon Quartier”; home owners can re-green their property plant new trees on their property at an affordable price.

The Eco-quartier in NDG is a very warm and welcoming place. I hadn’t heard of Eco-quartier before I started working here: I never knew about their projects such as green alleyways, workshops with children on how to reduce waste, or community composters. It is very motivating knowing that the municipality funds organizations like the Eco-quartier. It has led me to believe that we must be doing something right. To have a job that coincides with your values can be rare, so when it happens it is quite rewarding.

By Stephanie Rochemont, Green patroller of NDG, 2017