Mississauga 2.0 How can Mississauga grow SUSTAINABLE?

Have you ever stepped outside your home to try and take a decent and peaceful walk but ended up coming right back because of the noise and pollution? Do you stare at your monthly energy and water bills in horror? Are you concerned about the amount of fossil fuels being burned every minute because of transportation? Well worry no more, we your not-so-average group of Urban Planners have a phenomenal idea to help sustain Mississauga. Welcome to Mississauga 2.0!

The Waste Management Expert

Waste Management Issues:

Canada produces more garbage than any other country in the world. The average Ontarian annually creates about 385 kilograms of waste. One of the main reasons that this statistic is so high is that we aren’t sorting our waste properly. Waste is generally sorted into 3 main categories, garbage, recycling and compost, not a lot of options and yet we continue to place this in the wrong place. 40% of the world’s waste is sent to landfills alone, but they cause pollution to the local areas. The more waste that is created the more incineration that takes place, between that and landfills, toxic substances are created and methane is emitted into the air taking part in global warming and harming us. One of which being methane that is emitted into the air and is 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide, created only when organic materials are decomposing. Typically when we think of how to manage waste we go to the thought of recycling, yet only approximately 60-80% of it is actually recycled, the rest are disposed of as regular trash and are usually incinerated, releasing toxic fumes that are harmful to humans and the environment. Environmental issues of the situation are destruction of habitats, pollution of surface and groundwater and contaminating air, soil and water. If this continues Mississauga will cease to be a green environment and will turn into an all-around dumpsite, especially since municipal Canadian governments spend approximately more than $1.8 on the collection, transport and disposal.

How is the situation unsustainable?

For years people have not been sorting out their waste as thoroughly as they should. Recently there has been a new system set in place to sort waste into 3 categories: recycling, garbage and compost. Yet some people still don’t follow it properly or are confused with the categorizing. With enough people not fulfilling this requirement the amount of waste being put in the wrong area will start damaging the system. Living in an urbanized city exposes us to a certain lifestyle of having more opportunities at generating more waste. For example, unnecessary amounts of packaging placed on products. As said before, 40% of waste is transferred into landfills. This method takes up large amounts of space and if we do not start trying to minimize our waste then more will be created in place of what couldn't have been more recreational sites that are environmentally friendly.

How do you make Mississauga more sustainable in terms of waste management?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlQepFhRV8w This video shows you one of the more potential ideas of future waste management. By utilizing underground space we are conserving it above. Keeping it underground doesn’t affect pollution as greatly as the above ground landfills and dumps since it has less exposure to air. The sturdy metal containers are made up of generally the same steel and other metal materials, however have a greater mass. Reusing the filled landfills space to create a new recreation like golf courses. Instead of tearing down nature, covering a landfill with artificial grass and creating it into an operational pastime. The local Brae Ben Golf Course was previously a dumpsite, but later reformed in 1995. These reformed landfills and dumpsites not only conserve space, but also benefit the environment.

The Transportation Planner

Transportation Issues in Mississauga

Transportation, it’s one of the major problems Mississauga faces. Solving an issue like this requires great dedication. We have walked around the city observing every part of the streets and have noticed the following issues that are currently holding Mississauga back from developing:

Cars, they’re everywhere, we realized that most of the citizens prefer personal transport rather than public transport which results in more traffic, more pollution and the prices of cars increasing

Transportation influences the amount of energy we use, and since most of the citizens of Mississauga have personal transportation. this causes more consumption of energy, and since most types of transportations work by the use of fossil fuels. we are wasting too much of it

Despite the overuse of transportation, Mississauga has definitely been improving since early 2013 in the air quality excreta and Mississauga 2.0 hopes to help improve it 10 times faster!

How are these issues unsustainable?

The overuse of transportation can harm the environment in several ways. Since most types of transportation run on non renewable resources, more greenhouse gases are being released into the air which cause issues to our city and worse, the planet. More people with personal vehicles equals a lot more traffic, this way the the time for an ambulance to reach the hospital or the firetruck to reach a burning building would be much slower.

How can you make this more sustainable?

As a transportation planner, I have come up with several helpful ideas on how to make Mississauga sustainable. I believe it’s high time we took our issues into hand and worked together to solve them. For example, the hackneyed of transportation using fossil fuels needs to be put to a minimum. We can do that by creating solar powered vehicles, vehicles that work with wind or in simple terms, instead of using fossils fuels etc we could establish transportation types that require renewable energy to work. Increasing the costs of cars might help a lot too since if they were more costly less people would buy them and start using public transport. We should create more types of public transport, possibly even running on renewable energy and reduce the costs of using them, this way more people are likely to use public transport instead of personal. Sidewalks, I have recently realized, several places in Mississauga lack sidewalks or biking lanes. If we create and improve our sidewalks and biking lanes, possibly more people can use again, the most basic type of transportation, walking.

Solar Powered Car

The Smart Growth Coordinator

What are the issues of Mississauga's current situation?

Mississauga was previously an urban sprawl (lower land and resident rates). It is considered to be the new Toronto causing more people to move here Currently it has been turned into an urbanized city with congested buildings and roads filled with endless traffic. The large amounts of traffic potentially causes noise pollution for nearby residents. The city is so developed that costs have went up to fund the city (taxes). Our city annually needs over $116 million for maintenance of roads, highways, bridges, water systems, transit systems and sewers. Population growth causes more residents to be built, resulting in less space for the environment. When structures are being built, environmental areas are torn down.

How is it unsustainable?

The current city is filled with congestion, whether it’s roads, resident space or even just sidewalks, the city is just too crowded. There are several people moving to Mississauga which is causing a resident shortage, this leads to the development of new houses being built which causes more of the environment to be torn away. The more people entering the city, the less space we have to utilize it in beneficial ways to the community.

How do we intend to make Mississauga more sustainable?

We are trying to turn Mississauga into a better functioning community. By doing so we intend to create more high-rise buildings (apartments, offices) as a way to minimize our city’s space while also having more area for the housing and workplace in the buildings. Hopefully since we plan to increase the amount of sidewalks and bike lanes, it will help get more people into the idea of better transportation that has less traffic, is better for the environment as well as your health. Having everyone conserve our resources (e.g. gas, coal) that aren’t renewable will make a great contribution since they release toxins into the air causing pollution, but also save it for other generations. Lastly reusing abandoned spaces and structures and replacing them with a new service can conserve an immense amount of space that could go toward more public wide places like parks.

Energy and Water Specialist

THE ENERGY AND WATER SPECIALIST

Existing Issues Mississauga faces concerning Energy and Water

That monthly enersource and enbridge bill. Those pieces of paper remind us of how much non renewable resources we’re putting to waste. 85% of the total energy we use for transportation, electricity, heat and industry comes from fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas. Statistics Canada recognized that a common issue in majority of Mississauga’s household is the excessive amount of wastewater. Mississauga’s citizens also waste unnecessary freshwater and energy Ex: Taking long showers, leaving the lights on for long periods of time even when not in use, and the over consumption of nonrenewable resources (fossil fuels) can not only harm the environment but it can run out eventually and if we don’t take caution when using them future generations will not have access to them. Did you know the average canadian person produces 329 liters of wastewater! We need to help sustain our city together, are you capable of what’s to come?

How are these problems unsustainable?

Like mentioned before, if we use too much of our non renewable resources in little time, we won’t be able to create more since fossil fuels take centuries to form. You also know that wastewater is harmful but do you know how? Wastewater contains endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and when those get released in water bodies the negatively impact the sea creatures. Energy in forms of electricity, Do you know where that comes from? “About half of our electricity comes from nuclear power. The remainder comes from a mix of hydroelectric, coal, natural gas and wind.” This means all that electricity we waste is also a type of fossil fuel. Is this a type of city you want to live in? We can help sustain Mississauga together, are you up for the challenge?

How do we plan on making energy and water sustainable?

The following are a few ways to help sustain energy and water:

Use renewable resources more than non renewable for example solar energy

Alternative sources of energy like solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy, energy from biomass (biogas), etc., can be used on a large scale to substitute the fossil fuels. Use of solar cookers and biogas for cooking is a great substitute

Wastage of resources should be strongly discouraged. For example, using public transport in place of individual vehicles helps to conserve fuel.

using less electricity is extremely important to conservation. By switching off lights when they are not needed etc.

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