Today at General Committee, the City of Mississauga was recognized with multiple energy awards for 2018 for its energy conservation and innovative efforts. These are distinct provincial awards for programs that were implemented by the City’s Energy Management team.
“This is a great achievement for our City. Mississauga is proud to be recognized as innovative municipal leaders in energy conservation and green initiatives. We will continue to work to transform Mississauga into a low carbon, sustainable and resilient city,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Every action we take to protect the health of our environment today helps to ensure that future generations to come can enjoy in all that Mississauga has to offer.”
The City received the following energy awards:
- Energy in Action Innovation Award: Best Municipality/University/School/Hospital Customer (1 MW+) within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area – awarded by Ontario’s leading electric and gas companies: Alectra Utilities, Enbridge, Hydro One, Oakville Hydro, Toronto Hydro and Union Gas
The award recognizes the City’s excellence in energy conservation through energy efficient technology, operational best practices and staff engagement.
Examples of energy projects include the installation of heat recovery systems at indoor pools and solar water heating systems at outdoor pools. Other projects include light-emitting diode (LED) lighting retrofit in six facilities and cold water resurfacing systems among others.
- The Living City Energy Efficiency Gold Award for City Hall – awarded by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
For the third consecutive year, Mississauga’s Civic Centre was named the winner. This award recognizes leadership in sustaining a high level of energy and environmental performance at City Hall.
Since winning the Town Hall Challenge in 2015, the City continued monitoring the Civic Centre’s operation systems. City staff adjusted the controls and schedules of its heating, ventilation and air conditioning ( HVAC) units and lighting based on function, use and other changes in the building.
- Energy Manager Award – awarded by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
This award recognizes the effort and dedication that the City has shown to create a more sustainable and energy efficient workplace.
“City staff have done an excellent job in putting into practice many energy saving initiatives,” said Raj Sheth, Director, Facilities and Property Management. “This has created a culture of conservation and energy awareness within the City that have included all levels of staff.”
Raj added that in 2017, the Energy Management team launched a ‘Race to Reduce’ campaign among staff at 19 City facilities. The goal was to find no-cost or low-cost energy savings measures. The facilities have saved approximately 3.96 gigawatt hours of electricity and $343,000 in annual costs since then – equivalent to filling a typical recreational pool 291 times.
Energy in Action Innovation Award and the Living City Energy Efficiency Gold Award
(Left to right: Mayor Bonnie Crombie; Daniela Paraschiv, Manager, Energy Management; Raj Sheth, Director, Facilities and Property Management)
Energy Manager Award
(Left to right: Mayor Bonnie Crombie; Daniela Paraschiv, Manager, Energy Management; Raj Sheth, Director, Facilities and Property Management; Peter Gregg, President and Chief Executive Officer, IESO)