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Partners for Climate Protection

City of Mississauga, ON

Milestone Five

Population PCP member since GHG reduction target
713,443 1999
  • 1% reduction in energy consumption and GHGs per year for corporate facilities  (overall 5% reduction by 2020)
  • Long-term community target: to become net zero emitter of GHG emissions

Woman in front of vegetable stand at farmers’ market

Mississauga's Living Green Master Plan sets our environmental priorities. Each year, we continue to implement actions and encourage our community to get involved and take action. Completion of Milestone 5 in FCM's Partners in Climate Protection program demonstrates our commitment to set an example as we continue to make significant environmental progress towards being a world-class green city.
Bonnie Crombie, Mayor of Mississauga

 

In 2012, the City of Mississauga adopted its Living Green Master Plan (LGMP), an action plan that mobilizes policies and programs to meet the environmental objectives of the city's Strategic Plan. The LGMP identifies 49 actions for the city and the community to implement over 10 years.

In 2013, Mississauga used over 206 million equivalent kilowatt hours of electricity and natural gas in its city-owned and operated buildings and its operations (energy use in parks, street lighting and traffic), down six per cent from 2011. The city is now moving forward with a five-year Energy Conservation Plan that targets a one per cent reduction in energy consumption per square metre for corporate buildings per year, or an overall five per cent reduction by 2020. The total annual cost savings by the end of the period are estimated at approximately $575,000 per year.

The city has received support from FCM's Green Municipal Fund for its Living Green Master Plan, as well as funding for several other projects.

Key projects and results

Lighting retrofits

Since 2005, Mississauga has replaced many of its inefficient interior and exterior lighting fixtures with new LED fixtures and added dimming controls and occupancy sensors where feasible. For example, all of the city's 49,000 street lights are being converted to LEDs, and lighting retrofits also took placed at the Tomken Ice Rink, Mississauga Valley ice rink and two ice rinks at the Hershey Centre, as well as at 17 tennis clubs, several community centre parking lots and at other city-owned facilities.

Environmental

  • GHGs reduced by approximately 130 tonnes
  • More than 1.35 million kWh in annual energy savings
  • Street light electricity use reduced  55 per cent and corporate electricity use 15 per cent

Economic

  • About $189,000 annual cost savings from interior lighting retrofits during 2005‒2014 
  • Five-year payback from LED street light conversion
  • About $13,000 utility incentive to the city for replacing parking lot lighting at  Hershey Centre and  court house
  • Efficient lighting reduced electricity costs for sports clubs operating and maintaining city tennis courts

Social

Energy measures, management and training

Since 2012, 62 measures including waste heat recovery, upgrades to automated building control systems and water efficiency improvements have been implemented at various municipal facilities. The city also created the Energy Benchmarking, Energy Awareness and Recommissioning (EBEAR) program to increase energy awareness for all community services, parks and recreation, transit and fire station personnel. Workshops trained staff to spot energy saving opportunities at work and at home. The city plans to offer a staff e-learning energy awareness program starting in 2014-2015.

Environmental

  • Heat  recovery at Hershey Centre and Mississauga Valley Community Centre reduced natural gas consumption (more than 129,000 m3), electricity used (59,000 kWh) and GHG emissions (250 tonnes)
  • Further reductions from building automation  at city facilities include natural gas (97,000 m3), electricity (more than 862,000 kWh) and GHG emissions (260 tonnes)

Economic

  • City savings of more than $1 million since program inception over 10 years ago 
  • Annual savings of about $38,000 from operational efficiencies and staff behaviour changes due to EBEAR
  • Four-year payback on EBEAR expenditures of $165,000

Social

  • Workshops give staff opportunities to share  with and learn from other area municipal personnel
  • Free electricity meter for home use to workshop participants.
  • Consumer-friendly user fees at community centres

Let Your Green Show

The Let Your Green Show campaign began in 2012 to encourage residents to take action on climate change. The program is offered in partnership with the Region of Peel, the Town of Caledon, the cities of Brampton and Mississauga, and Credit Valley and Toronto Region conservation authorities. The first phase encouraged residents to support local agriculture and plant trees and shrubs. The second focused on water conservation. In 2014, the campaign centred on sustainable transportation by encouraging residents to give their car a break.

Environmental

  • Water conservation campaign reduced regional water consumption by 38 million litres annually
  • Grow Local, Eat Local project reduced food transportation emissions
  • Additional trees and shrubs improved air quality, reduced pollution and helped counteract urban heat island effect

Economic

  • Reduced summer cooling costs due to additional trees around homes
  • Reduced personal fuel costs and transportation savings from buying or growing local
  • Water cost savings to local residents and Region of Peel

Social

  • Social media connected residents and cross-promoted different campaign segments
  • Participation grew from 500 in phase 1  to 1,500-plus in phase 2  and 5,000 social media followers in phase 3


Challenges

  • Effects of climate change are becoming more prevalent, necessitating a focus on adaptation rather than mitigation.
  • Adverse weather events continue to harm the city's tree canopy.
  • The 'new normal' challenges attempts to reduce emissions.
  • Buy-in from residents and city personnel was necessary to make these projects successful.

Lessons learned

  • With the right training, city personnel and facility users change perspectives and use new technologies efficiently.
  • Plans are great, but actions are better - to get people involved, be prepared to show the value of what you are doing
  • Break down climate change issues so people aren't overwhelmed; the community wants to do the right thing.
  • Energy conservation engineers need to understand human behaviour, not just technology.
  • Leverage social media by taking advantage of what people are already talking about.

Page Updated: 17/09/2015