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Press release from CNW Group

Waste Management building nominated for an international architecture award

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Waste Management building nominated for an international architecture award06:00 EDT Wednesday, October 19, 2011School plant is shortlisted at the World Architecture Festival inBarcelona, Spain.DRUMMONDVILLE, QC, Oct. 19, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The school plant built by Waste Management (WM) on its property in Drummondville, Quebec, to house the Des Chênes School Board's Centre for Business Training and Recovery (CBTR) is in the running for an international architecture award. The project has been shortlisted at the World Architecture Festival, which will take place November 2-4, in Barcelona, Spain.More than 700 projects from 59 countries were entered in fifteen categories. The finalists for each category were chosen by an international jury composed of 70 members. The WM building - a first of its kind in Canada - is one of seven finalists in the Production, energy and recycling category. Competing are projects from Italy, the United Kingdom and Spain, among others. The CBTR building was designed by a consortium of Drummondville architects, Demers Pelletier and Régis Coté et associés."We are pleased when the occupants of a building we designed express their satisfaction and appreciation of the aesthetics. We are even prouder still when our achievements are recognized by our peers in the world of architecture," notes architect Robert Pelletier, Project Manager, in partnership with architectural designer Jocelyn Boilard from the firm Régis Côté et associés.The synergy created between WM's commitment to the environment, the building's intended purpose and the integration of sustainable development principles in the construction is what garnered the jury's appreciation. The building is unique in that it is heated by green energy produced from landfill gas captured from a nearby WM landfill site helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."The building reflects our vision and that of our partners- the architects and Des Chênes School Board- of a model school plant. Together we have created a unique and stimulating learning environment and shown that it is possible to combine aesthetics, functionality and environmental sustainability," states Daniel Brien, General Manager of the WM landfill sites in Quebec.The CBTR school plant serves approximately 140 students and 11 teachers and has been in operation since September 2010. Students receive academic as well as practical training to equip them for the labour market, while advancing the school plant's environmental mission of electronic waste recovery. The building is currently undergoing LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).About WM Waste Management Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Its subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling, resource recovery and disposal services. Waste Management is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and gas-to-energy facilities in North America. The company serves municipal, industrial, commercial and institutional customers throughout Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit http://www.wm.com/.For further information: Waste Management Hugues Vincelette (819) 570-6875 hvincele@wm.com