The City of Mississauga has received the 2019 People Power Challenge award from Partners in Project Green, an initiative of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). The award recognizes the City’s Green Leaders for their corporate sustainability efforts.
The People Power Challenge gives organizations a way to engage staff and drive sustainability results. The competition ran for four months and featured four themes: low carbon transportation and energy, water stewardship, waste management and environmental innovation.
“It is an honour for our Green Leaders to be recognized for their strong sustainability practices. I’m proud of their commitment to being environmental stewards and role models for our staff. Through their hard work, they’ve been able to create healthy and environmentally sustainable workplaces,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “With the recent Council approval of our Climate Change Action Plan, we will continue to lead sustainability by empowering our staff to take environmental action.”
The City of Mississauga’s Green Leaders program is made up of volunteer staff who work to increase environmental awareness and action at their facilities. The Green Leaders came together to complete many activities throughout the People Power Challenge, with over 100 environmental actions.
“Our Green Leaders help make sustainability a part of our everyday culture. It’s ingrained in our corporate values,” said Jodi Robillos, Director, Parks, Forestry and Environment. “We take pride in engaging our staff to explore and practice environmental solutions within the work and home environment. Green Leaders champion sustainability by leading initiatives such as the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, single-use plastic reduction campaigns and lights-off campaigns.”
Staff were also recognized for another successful Waste Reduction Week as they collected textiles and electronics. Collection took place at the City’s Community Centres, Garry Morden Training Centre, City Hall and Central Library, and a total of 6,742 kilograms of textile and electronic waste was diverted from landfill.
“Embedding environmental considerations and actions into our day-to-day operations improves our performance and showcases corporate leadership.” said Dianne Zimmerman, Manager, Environment. “Being a recipient of this award shows that the City is taking real action to protect the environment and address our climate imperative.”