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City of Mississauga Commits to Clean Air and Climate Change

Oct 26, 2012

MISSISSAUGA, October 26, 2012 - Representatives from the City of Mississauga attended the Greater Toronto Area Clean Air Council’s (GTA-CAC) Green Economy Summit today and participated in the signing of the 2012 Inter-governmental Declaration on Clean Air and Climate Change.

“By participating in the summit and signing the declaration, the City of Mississauga is showing its continued commitment to the environment by proactively working with all levels of government,” said Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey, member of Mississauga’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC). “Protecting the environment is a shared responsibility and together, we are setting an example of green leadership.” Tovey signed the declaration on behalf of the City of Mississauga.

The annual summit provides a forum for political leaders and municipal representatives from across the GTA to report on the progress of past declarations, collaborate on green policies, and set new clean air and climate change commitments.

“The City continues to meet the actions set in previous declarations through various programs and activities including the implementation of the Living Green Master Plan and the Peel Climate Change Strategy, the Let Your Green Show Campaign, the Green Fleet Program, and other clean air and climate change initiatives,” said Brenda Osborne, director, Environment Division. “From using fuel-efficient vehicles at the City to encouraging residents to plant their own trees, we all play a role in helping lessen the impact on climate change.”

The GTA-CAC committed to 25 actions set out in the 2012 Declaration that focus on community planning and public health, greening development, energy efficiency, air quality, transportation and more.

To stay informed about Mississauga's environmental initiatives and key events throughout the year, subscribe to the City of Mississauga Living Green blog at www.mississauga.ca/livinggreen.

Background

The Greater Toronto Area Clean Air Council (GTA-CAC) is made up of 26 local and regional governments in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) along with representatives from the provincial and federal governments. The GTA-CAC has been working collaboratively from 2001 to 2012 to deliver on annual Inter-governmental Declarations to develop healthy, lower carbon and sustainable communities. The City of Mississauga is a member municipality and has participated in the GTA-CAC summits (formally known as Smog Summits) since 2000.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.

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