Theme 1: Electric City

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About electric city

Energy, such as electricity, is all around us. Buildings need electricity to be powered, heated or cooled. Our devices, including cell phones, laptops or tablets, would not function if we didn’t recharge them. Even our cars are becoming plug-in electric!

Where does energy come from? There are both renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. Since the industrial revolution, humans have relied heavily on non-renewable sources, especially fossil fuels. These include coal, natural gas and oil. Although the world has prospered from the use of fossil fuels, we know that burning fossil fuels is drastically accelerating climate change. The scientific community is pressing for a clean energy revolution. This means quickly transitioning from dirty fossil fuels to renewable energy sources like solar, wind, hydro and geothermal.


Challenge questions

1. Determine how Mississauga building types can maximize their use of renewable energy, minimize use of natural gas, or switch to more efficient energy systems. Learn more


2. Find a building project happening in Mississauga and recommend energy conservation initiatives that should be included. Learn more



Thanks for joining the challenge! You’ve selected Theme 1: Electric City as your climate change challenge. This page contains additional information to help you answer your challenge question.


About electric city

Energy, such as electricity, is all around us. Buildings need electricity to be powered, heated or cooled. Our devices, including cell phones, laptops or tablets, would not function if we didn’t recharge them. Even our cars are becoming plug-in electric!

Where does energy come from? There are both renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. Since the industrial revolution, humans have relied heavily on non-renewable sources, especially fossil fuels. These include coal, natural gas and oil. Although the world has prospered from the use of fossil fuels, we know that burning fossil fuels is drastically accelerating climate change. The scientific community is pressing for a clean energy revolution. This means quickly transitioning from dirty fossil fuels to renewable energy sources like solar, wind, hydro and geothermal.


Challenge questions

1. Determine how Mississauga building types can maximize their use of renewable energy, minimize use of natural gas, or switch to more efficient energy systems. Learn more


2. Find a building project happening in Mississauga and recommend energy conservation initiatives that should be included. Learn more


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    09 Dec 2020

    Check out the following theme resources to familiarize yourself with the Connected Communities theme:

  • Learn about the Climate Change Action Plan

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    09 Dec 2020

    In 2019, the City of Mississauga released its first ever comprehensive Climate Change Action Plan, with two main goals to tackle climate change, both corporately and in the community.

    • Goal #1: Mitigation: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050, with the long term goal of Goal becoming a net zero community
    • Goal #2: Adaptation: Increase resilience and the capacity of the city to withstand and respond to future climate events by taking action on the highest climate-related risks

    The Plan is broken up into five action pathways. The focus for this theme will be Action Pathway #1: Buildings & Clean Energy, focusing on the following actions:

    • Action #1: Advance Renewable Energy and Low Carbon Energy Systems
    • Action #6: Develop a Low Carbon and Resilient Retrofits Program