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Not everyone agrees on what the city should fund, but most people are happy when all levels of government pay some degree of attention to environmental matters.
And at a time when the province is moving to end cap-and-trade, it’s important to note that Mississauga is still helping companies be as environmentally friendly as they can be.
For those who are unaware, the City of Mississauga recently approved a funding agreement of $130,000 each year over three years from 2018-2021 between the City, the Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and the Greening Corporate Grounds (GCG) program. The GCG is a program that helps businesses, multi-residential buildings, institutions and places of worship adopt sustainable landscaping practices.
The program was launched in 2009 and has been successfully implemented at several businesses in Mississauga.
The GCG is an initiative that is run by three organizations: the Credit Valley Conservation, Toronto and Region Conservation and Partners in Project Green. The program helps mitigate a variety of environmental issues within the city and is being offered to every municipality in the Region of Peel (which includes Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon).
The City of Mississauga is in support of the GCG, as it aligns with its current Stormwater Credit Program (SCP).
For those of you who don't know about the current SCP, the city offers a reduction to the stormwater charge to multi-residential and non-residential properties whose stormwater practices or measures benefit and support Mississauga’s Stormwater Management Program.
Mississauga says the stormwater charge helps fund infrastructure renewal around the city. For 2018, a annual rate of $104 per stormwater building unit is proposed.
Stormwater may not seem the most obvious concern for the environment, however, the City of Mississauga currently has 2,100 kilometres of storm sewer pipes in the drainage system. For that reason, stormwater best practices need to be maintained to avoid flooding, erosion, and water quality issues.
Sustainable practices for the SCP can include better water quality treatment (removal of solids and contaminants from stormwater), pollution prevention (a plan to manage or replace harmful materials), and manage peak flow runoff rates to reduce flooding on downstream land.