Yesterday at Council, the City of Mississauga was recognized by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), for its climate change efforts in reaching corporate Milestone 5 in the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program.
“Getting to milestone five is considered one of the top achievements for PCP members,” said Raj Sheth, director, Facilities and Property Management. “From creating a greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) inventory of our facilities and operations, to tracking our results, we’re proud of the contribution we’re making to climate protection.”
Some of the City’s actions on climate change include:
• Greening its corporate fleet – Reduced greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking approximately 39 cars off the roads per year.
• Citywide LED street lighting conversion – 49,000 street lights will be replaced to Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights by December 2014.
• Energy efficiency measures – Saved enough energy to power 3,500 homes for a year.
“Working towards better energy and GHG management at the City and in the community is a priority for us,” said Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson, chair of Mississauga’s Environmental Advisory Committee. “This achievement couldn’t be possible without the strong collaboration from our corporate and community partners.”
The City is moving forward with a five year Energy Conservation Plan which will be made available to residents on July 1 at mississauga.ca/livinggreen. The plan’s target of one per cent reduction in energy consumption per year will amount to a total annual savings of approximately $575,000 per year.
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For more information about the Partners for Climate Protection program, visit fcm.ca.
The Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) provides a five milestone program to help Canadian municipalities reduce greenhouse gases and act on climate change. Over 240 municipalities have joined PCP. The City of Mississauga became a member in 1999. PCP is a partnership between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability.