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Sustainable development

The mission of Le Monastère des Augustines is to ensure the preservation of the Augustinian Sisters’ material and cultural heritage. We hope to combine our efforts and resources so that future generations will continue to enjoy this precious legacy. Sustainable and responsible development is one of the guiding principles of this project.

Building restoration
and renovation

The restoration and renovation of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery has called on considerable resources. With the help of architects and contractors, we implemented several initiatives in sustainable development during construction:

  • Repurposing of existing buildings
  • Installation of geothermal heating and air-conditioning systems
  • Re-use of existing materials and furnishings
  • Use of local materials
  • Use of low VOC glues, solvents and paints
  • Choice of materials based on quality and durability
  • Installation of insulation and high-performance windows
  • Installation of low-energy LED lights (some equipped with motion sensors)
  • Installation of two beehives to participate in honey harvesting, an urban beekeeping initiative supported by Alvéole.
  • Signataire de la déclaration d’engagement d’économie solidaire (depuis 2019) en tant qu’acteur en innovation sociale
  • Installation of an EV vehicle charging station in Le Monastère’s parking lot
  • Purchases and practices that minimize overpackaging

Our social mission

Le Monastère des Augustines is a non-profit organization whose activities are conceived with the purpose of financially supporting its social mission. Developed in concert with the values and will of the Augustinian Sisters, this mission is to make the order’s heritage accessible to all and to give support and respite to those who care for others.

Our cultural and educational programs; our archives centre, open to researchers; and our museum ticket policy, are part of this impulse to share and disseminate our heritage to the widest number of people.

Caregivers and companions, as well as workers and volunteers from the health and social services communities, can take advantage of lodging programs, resources and activities specially designed to give them support and respite, and administered in cooperation with La Fiducie du patrimoine culturel des Augustines.

Our standard practices

  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle
  • Développement de partenariats avec des organisations et des collaborateurs locaux et régionaux pour mettre de l’avant le savoir-être et le savoir-faire des gens d’ici
  • Operating a restaurant based on the principles of mindful eating and serving local and organic foods
  • Promoting medicinal and heritage plants
  • Deploying initiatives to help employees achieve a better life-work balance
  • Employing a three-tier waste management system: composting, recycling and disposal
For the Augustinian Sisters, the responsible use of resources has always been part of their way of life. For these valiant and devoted women, deep respect for the gifts we have been given is a principle embodied in every aspect of daily life.

Our distinctions

  • Une certification 5 Clé verte démontrant que Le Monastère personnifie les plus hauts standards de responsabilité environnementale et sociale dans tous les secteurs de ses opérations.
  • Une distinction écoresponsable a été décernée au Monastère par les Pages vertes en raison des mesures écoresponsables adoptées.
  • Le Monastère a été sélectionné pour faire partie de la plateforme collaborative d’innovation sociale Vaolo, une référence du voyage d’expériences hors sentiers battus, à échelle humaine et à impacts locaux.