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My Sustainable Day-Cation in Mississauga Day 1 – Let Your Green Show

As I wrote about earlier, Mississauga launched their Let Your Green Show Campaign at their Canada Day Celebrations this year. And although I wasn’t able to divulge some of the exciting parts of the program before it was launched, I’m all too happy to tell you about it now that it is up and running, generating buzz and positive change in Mississauga.

The City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel added some green to the sea of red and white on Mississauga Celebration Square with the launch of Let Your Green Show on Canada Day 2012.

Let Your Green Show is a campaign aimed at getting Mississauga residents to make changes to their daily routines which will reduce their ecological footprint. The campaign is made up of 3 phases: Grow Local / Eat Local, Use Less Water and Give Your Car a Break. The first phase, Grow Local / Eat Local, is underway right now, and it’s really easy to understand. Mississauga residents can register for the program, then all they need to do is pledge to undertake an action, like visiting a farm or nursery, shopping at a farmers’ market or planting a tree, a shrub or some vegetables. Once they have pledged their action, residents are then eligible to receive a greenback reward, which is a $5 coupon for local farmers’ markets, nurseries, greenhouses or the purchase of a rain barrel from the Region of Peel. It’s the City’s way of saying thank you to residents for taking action towards achieving the environmental goals outlined in Mississauga’s Living Green Master Plan.

In addition to the greenbacks, Mississauga residents also get to engage in a little bit of friendly competition with their fellow residents, competing to see which Ward of the City can commit to the most green actions. These actions are tracked, and as more residents commit to green actions, each Ward turns progressively greener. At the end of the year, the Greenest Ward will be celebrated, and will have both bragging rights and lofty expectations as the campaign moves into the next phase!

When I was visiting Mississauga, I was struck by the number of options residents have to shop for local produce and to visit local farms, nurseries and greenhouses. There are three farmers’ markets operating in the city of Mississauga, including the GTHA’s largest open-air farmers’ market, the Square One Farmers’ Market, now operating its 36th year. I was certainly left wishing that I was a Mississauga resident when I was strolling through the various fruit and vegetable stands. There were a whole lot of very delicious looking produce which I could have bought with one of those $5 greenbacks. Instead I dug into my wallet, grabbed myself a basket of delicious Ontario peaches and headed over to City Hall to learn about Mississauga’s exciting new transit plans. Stay tuned tomorrow to discover how Mississaugans are going to be getting around in the future. It’s going to be an exciting journey.

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3 Comments on “My Sustainable Day-Cation in Mississauga Day 1 – Let Your Green Show”

  1. The Mississauga Central Lions Club Square One Farmers Market has been in continuous operations since 1975. For current details on the location, dates and times of the market as well as listings of the organizations supported by the Market which the club operates as a fundraiser, please visit http://www.lionscentral.com.

    Other information sites http://www.twitter.com/sq1farmersmkt

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