The City of Mississauga has leveraged many of the Provincial and Federal energy management incentives to reduce its carbon footprint and save money. We have focused on creating awareness to bring behavioral change in the way we approach new projects.
Our five-year energy conservation plan aims to achieve a one per cent per year reduction in Energy Use Intensity (EUI) for both electricity and natural gas consumption. We have undertaken innovative energy management initiatives such as:
- A City-wide energy audit
- Retrofitting of facilities
- Implementation of energy efficiency measures
- Renewable energy projects
- Awareness programs
Our Civic Centre facility was the recent recipient of the Town Hall Challenge 20 by ’15 (named the most efficient City Hall in Canada), and the gold winner of the Living City Energy Efficiency Leadership Award, accredited by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, for its commitment to ‘Living Green.’ The City also received the Clean and Green Award presented by the Mississauga Board of Trade in 2014.
The City’s green initiatives include moving towards LEED silver standards in City facilities and introducing energy dashboards at the Civic Centre to provide real-time energy saving data and practical tips for consumers. Many of our arenas, swimming pools and parking lots have been retrofitted with LED lights. These efforts have resulted in a cumulative utility saving of $4.7 million between 2005 and 2014, positioning the City as a leader in green initiatives.
The City’s LED Street Lighting Conversion Project to convert 50,000 street lights to LED light bulbs is near completion. The City has saved over $5 million (over 34 million kWh of energy) from January 2013 to May 2016 through the use of LED street lights. This is equivalent to the total electricity consumed by City arenas and community centres in 2015.
Through these initiatives, the City continues to deliver value for taxpayer dollars by reducing operational costs. Even small actions can add up to big energy cost savings for businesses.
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