SMART GROWTH COORDINATOR (URBAN SPRAWL)
WHAT are the issues or problems that exist in Mississauga. And HOW is the situation unsustainable in Mississauga?
-Mississauga is growing at a rapid pace. 80% of Canadians live in urban areas. Canada is becoming a more car-dependent-country. More cars lead to more traffic. More traffic leads to more carbon emissions. Urban sprawl is cutting into farm and wild-land, which are being drained, cut and paved which is putting wildlife habitat and species into danger.
HOW do you propose to make Mississauga more sustainable within your urban planning committee.
-Turning land that we don't use into something else. Turning a dump into a golf course. Turning a bog that will be drained can be turned into a place where people can go canoeing or fishing. Instead of cutting down a forest to build a casino we can turn that forest into a park where you can go sightseeing.
-We should build building farther apart from each other. So that in that space we can build parks in the space. There will be lots of tree, sculpted bushes and grass fields and artificial ponds. Which can be a home for many animals. We can also build nice trails in forest.
-We have a lot of cars on the roads. If we can limit the numbers than that would lower the number of carbon emissions that go into the air and reduce traffic which gives stress to people. In the more populated parts of Mississauga we should have bike rentals similar to the one in Toronto. That would be good because there are less people using cars on the roads. Adding more buses would help too. People might not bus because they don't have a bus available to them. More buses can solve that. Making electric cars and hybrid cars more available can reduce the gas emissions.
-There are also many small actions you can take. If you are moving you can move to a place closer to your workplace or stores so you don't use your car as much. Riding your bike more and walking more often. Take place in projects that can help your community. Project like making fruit and vegetable gardens. Driving an electric car or a hybrid car instead of a gas powered car.
-Waste management expert- Turning dumps into something different like a park or golf course etc. This would help with the waste because we are getting rid of the garbage.
-Transportation planner- Bicycle rentals. The transportation planner could help me create a bicycle rental system similar to the system they use in Toronto. Making electric and hybrid cars more available to people.
-Energy and water specialist- Help me in making more fuel efficient cars.