Passy has joined the association « Alpine Towns of the Year » to take advantage of the experience of other member towns, from France to Slovenia, to bring out its Alpine culture and pursue its commitments to sustainable development. Passy uses its title «Alpine Town of the Year 2022» to accelerate the momentum, share projects, evaluate actions. 2022 is a year to « live Passy » and its key events with their community and with the other Alpine Towns.
Passy is focusing on three major actions and on its flagship events in 2022, which are true reflections of its Alpine identity.
The Municipal Kitchen
The Frioland kitchen, which is managed by the municipality since the beginning of January, serves 900 meals to the children and senior citizens of Passy with the ambition of offering quality food by favouring local producers and short circuits. A catering committee for the children has been set up to involve them in the thinking process and the choice of food.
Energy savings and air quality
How do we contribute to improving air quality and reducing energy consumption? The municipality communicates the achievements obtained (in kWh, CO2 and fine particles) by the energy renovation works undertaken and the development of soft mobility. Since June, inhabitants can participate by communicating their individual actions to collectively evaluate the impact in favour of improved air quality.
The energy consumption of municipal buildings will be openly communicated to all. A discussion will be held on behaviours and best practices to optimize the buildings’ energy performance.
The respect of natural spaces thanks to a quality tourist offer
July 8-10, starting from the Plateau d’Assy, the Trail du Tour des Fiz, will inaugurate a new edition closer to the inhabitants: a beautiful eco-responsible event, at the heart of the natural heritage site.
In Plaine Joux, a chairlift will be used in all four seasons in 2023. At the same time, the Inventive Mountain Tourism Department of University of Savoie Mont Blanc, is mobilized to propose, from the Plateau d’Assy to Plaine Joux, a responsible and creative tourist offer based on respect for the environment and using soft mobility.
Events to unite and share thoughts
From August 5th to 7th, the colours of the Alpine Arc will be in the spotlight for the 32nd edition of the International Mountain Book Fair in Passy. A collaboration is initiated between the Book Festivals of Passy, Brig-Glis (CH) and Trento (IT), two other Alpine Town of the Year members.
From June to October, the « Climate Wednesdays » are organized at the Parvis des Fiz conference hall in order to explain the climate history of the Mont-Blanc region, its causes and impacts, and to better understand how the time frame we are in is so special.
The climate changes the Alpine region is facing are at the heart of the environmental transition undertaken by the municipality of Passy. They plan three conferences to inform, understand and debate. Several workshops on the « Mountain Climate Fresk », to exchange on the stakes and share solutions to lower the impact of our activity on the planet are also on the agenda, as well as a conference on international road transport on 30thNovember. There the state of the situation in the Alpine arc, the problems encountered and the solutions to bring to the table shall be assessed for a local public.
- May 21st : Opening of the municipal kitchen to the public, at 9:30 am
- June 22nd: « Climate Wednesdays », at 7 :30pm at the Parvis des Fiz
Let’s talk about the history of climate and discover why we live in such a special time.
With Jean-Baptiste Bosson, researcher and glaciologist – Conservatory of natural spaces Haute-Savoie (ASTERS) – International Union for Conservation of Nature
- Opening of the space dedicated to the « Air Attitude » platform in Passy. Participate and together let’s evaluate our progress (kWh, CO2, PM 10).
- July 8th to July 10th: Tour des Fiz trail from Plateau d’Assy – 13th edition
- August 5th to August 7th: International Mountain Book Fair of Passy
32nd edition on the theme of « the alpine arc »
- September 21st: « Climate Wednesdays », at 7:30 pm at the Parvis des Fiz
The landscapes and resources of the Mont Blanc region under the test of climate.
With Ludovic Ravanel, geomorphologist, CNRS researcher at the Edytem laboratory (University of Savoie)
- October 5th: « Climate Wednesdays », at 7:30 pm at the Parvis des Fiz
What evolutions for agriculture and food by in 2050? Round table with the participation of the Chamber of Agriculture, the SICA du Pays du Mont-Blanc and Adabio (association for the development of organic agriculture)
- October 14th: Festive evening for « A year in the Alpine Town » at the Parvis des Fiz. Open to all upon registration
- October 26th: Workshops on the « Mountain Climate Fresk » from 7pm to 9pm (upon registration), led by ASTERS
- November 30th: public conference on International road transport