The City of Mississauga has been awarded $125,000 in funding through the federal government’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program. The funding will be used to develop the city’s Climate Change Action Plan.

“We are taking action to help fight climate change and reduce pollution,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “That’s why we’re developing a Climate Change Action Plan, to help prepare Mississauga for the impacts of a changing global climate. The plan will have two key goals: reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase our capacity to deal with and respond to future climate events, as well as position the city and our businesses to compete in the low carbon economy, to create new jobs and open new markets.”

Recent examples of climate change actions taken by the city, residents and businesses across Mississauga include expanded transit, one million trees and improved energy efficiency at city facilties. Transit expansions have avoided a total of 58,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually or the equivalent of removing 11,700 cars off the road. As well, the city’s goal is to plant one million trees by 2032. To date, almost 300,000 have been planted in the effort to reduce the heat island effect and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Further, Mississauga Civic Centre has been awarded Energy Star industry certification for 2018 by Natural Resources Canada. Over the past six years, the centre has reduced its energy use by 17 per cent, the equivalent energy use of 2,000 LED street lamps for one year.

“In 2017, Mississauga council endorsed the creation of a citywide Climate Change Action Plan to help minimize and prepare the city for the impacts of a changing global climate,” said Paul Mitcham, community services commissioner. “In 2018, we have been engaging with residents, business and local partners to create responsible and forward-looking solutions, for both the city and the community, to offset the impacts of climate change. The plan is set for completion in mid-2019.”

Visit theclimatechangeproject.ca to stay up-to-date on the city’s Climate Action Plan.