Our urban planning group is composed of five jobs; waste management expert, transportation planner, energy and water specialist, smart growth coordinator and food security. We find problems in our city so we can solve them to make a more sustainable Mississauga.
Waste Management Expert
Problems Of Waste Management
This issue is about household trash, industrial garbage and hazardous waste and how it's all disposed, waste affects the members of our community environmentally because, some locations of landfills make the cost of locations cheaper, but It affects the community because the more landfills we get, the higher our taxes are because it costs 2-4 million per landfill and it takes around 5 years to make. But this makes recycling industry consist of approximately 56,000 companies that employ over 1.1 million people and generate an annual payroll of nearly $37 billion and over 236 billion in annual revenues.
How Is It Unsustainable?
This situation is unsustainable in Mississauga because the population of Mississauga is 850,000 people living in Mississauga so Mississauga will need to have a lot of landfills and if we continue to produce a lot of garbage everyday they would go to landfills and if those landfills are filled then we might not have anymore places to put all our garbage in and we would have to put the garbage in sensitive areas and there a lot of lazy people who didn't care and put hazardous garbage in the normal garbage and would affect the environment this is how it's not sustainable.
How to Make it Sustainable
- Mississauga needs a lot waste landfills and needs to be managed and sustained.
- Purchasing items that can easily be reused or recycled.
- Increasing awareness in the community with posters, campaigns, advertisements, announcements, etc.
- Decomposing instead of throwing away
- Inputting programs in schools like 'Recycling Wednesday' or 'Garbage-free lunches'
- Increase the replacement of single bins with four-bin stations (recyclables, paper, organics, garbage)
Problems of Transportation
- Getting from Mississauga to Toronto: Toronto is an extremely important city to Mississauga as 48% of the people living in Mississauga don’t work there. Going to work in Toronto takes a lot of time due to traffic.
- The Gardiner and 427: Gardiner is getting old and can’t stand the traffic so the city spends $8 million annually to keep it from falling and this is a huge problem because it is the only highway that leads into downtown. The 427 also has a lot of traffic because it is the only North/South highway in the west part of Toronto.
- Wide roads & Public Transit
HOW IS IT UNSUSTAINABLE
- Gridlocks: slows down our overall transportation system and it gives the residents of Mississauga a difficult time to get to where they need
- Congestion: Most highways have a lot of congestion
- Urban Sprawl: most people can’t just walk to get to where they want to go and the public transportation system is supposed to offer a faster and more reliable way to residents but too much congestion is happening in the city leading to other problems linking to economy and many other factors
How To Make It Sustainable
- More highways: building a new highway from the route of Mississauga to Toronto but located in an area away from the 401 and Gardiner and this would give people another option on how to get to school or work or wherever they need to go
- Increase public transportation: this gives a positive effect on the people who need a ride and the environment
- Bus lanes and Railways: people will stop using their cars causing less pollution for the environment but also lowers chances of there being traffic
Energy and Water Specialist
Issues with Energy and Water in Mississauga
Mississauga is located on the shore of Lake Ontario, it is part of the 5 major freshwater lakes in the world. With our abundance of freshwater many people take it for granted. We are provided with clean water from the wetlands but those are getting polluted by the rapidly increasing population in Mississauga. Residents dump so much waste in Lake Ontario without even realizing and in doing so, the clean water in the lake gets polluted. When the water is polluted, it costs the government a large amount of money to clean it up. Which most times they can’t afford or they don’t think it’s necessary. Here in Mississauga, we get our energy from hydro-electricity and natural gas. Right now, many people are wasting energy by leaving unused electronics on, leaving the lamp on when leaving a room, taking long showers in hot water, etc.
How is it unsustainable?
A major issue concerning water is flooding. Flooding usually occurs when there is high precipitation, mostly occurs during the winter and spring seasons, and the drainage overflows. The environment is also getting destroyed because of water pollution. Aquatic animals are dying because of the pollutants from our sewage. This affects not only marine life but also people who drink the water.
Making it more sustainable
There are a few ways to meet the energy and water needs of Mississauga. Some ways we can conserve water and natural gas (if using hot water) is turning off the tap while you brush your teeth – this can save about 6 liters per minute. Take shorter showers – the average shower time is around 8.2 minutes consuming 65.1 liters. If you cut down by even 2 minutes you can save 15.8 liters a shower that’s over 5 700 liters a year. There's also quite a few ways we can all save energy and money. One way is to use solar panels to power electronics in your household. Encourage people to buy more energy efficient appliances – eco friendly refrigerators, LED light bulbs. We also need to educate the community on conserving both energy and water and presenting the harsh effects of water pollution and overconsumption of energy this will allow them to make changes in their day to day lives and prepare for the future ahead. If we all work together as a team, we can make our community a more sustainable and cleaner place for ourselves and the future generations.
Smart Growth Coordinator
Problems of Urban Sprawl:
- tremendous amounts of pollution caused by urbanizing the city and transportation
- creates a lot of pollution because of the process that goes into it (using machines to build buildings)
- If residential areas are far from all these places it will take longer to get there; therefore cars will be running for a longer amount of time, as well as public transit
- lots of money is being used for more cars and gas causing households to pay higher monthly costs.
- to urbanize Mississauga (getting materials, paying workers, using space, etc) it costs a lot which can affect our economy dramatically
- Instead of putting money towards necessities it is going to the unnecessary and terrible use of our land.
Use of Land:
- takes away the land that we could be using for more important things like farming; Farming is more important than the buildings that are being built because it is a necessity
- We also need more natural areas such as parks and trails to make air cleaner with all the trees planted in these places
- We're also taking away the homes of animals when we take all these parks away, we need all the animals we have to keep our food chain stable.
- taking away the space that could potentially be used for residential areas
How is it Unsustainable?
- harmful towards humans causing us to have more diseases in the future, resulting in an increase of death.
- not sustainable for Mississauga because an increase in death rate is only going to make the effects of urban sprawl worse
- if we have polluted air and more deaths we will not have enough people for jobs.
- If we continue to not use the money we have wisely we won't have enough for more important things later on
- Putting our money towards urbanization won't help us in the future because we will have no money for medical purposes, food and other necessities.
Use of Land:
- we cannot get the land we used back and if we can it will be very difficult to restore.
- Taking away land will only make the natural resources we have unusable later on (drying out soil)
- killing animals will not help us for the future because it will have an effect of the food chain, disturbing the way everything works
- If we do not have enough homes we won't have enough of residential areas later on either, especially when the population will increase in the future.
Making Mississauga More Sustainable
- If we start planning Mississauga wisely, looking at all aspects and all the problems it can cause, we could already make it more sustainable.
- I think when we planned Mississauga we did not look at how much pollution it would cause, how high the costs will be and how it will negatively impact the environment.
- If we start to set aside land now, we will already have a more sustainable Mississauga.
- We should save our land for the future so that we will have natural land, which will replenish our air resulting in happier and healthier lives.
- If we save a little bit of land everywhere in Mississauga it'll be more sustainable.
- Instead of shutting down businesses and leaving buildings empty, only to start building a new building somewhere else, why not reuse that building?
- Although there aren't many residential areas near work places, but you could maybe look for a house that is closer to your job.
- make use of space that we might think is unusable. There are many empty rooftops waiting to be used
What Is Food Security
- Food security is defined as all people, at all times have physical and economical access to safe and sufficient food for themselves.
- The cost of food has gone up 10.6 percent since 2009 to 2011
Problems And Solutions To Food Security