Meeting the Challenge: A Mississauga Climate Action Toolkit

As part of our ongoing delivery of virtual events, we’ve presented a number of webinars meant to inspire local action on climate change. These webinars were made possible by a grant from Climate Impact. Climate Impact’s stated mission is “to fund local climate education and action initiatives to empower citizens to combat and adapt to climate change to embrace a sustainable future.”

We want to thank Climate Impact for their ongoing support of The Riverwood Conservancy, and giving us the ability to present this important series of webinars, along with the list of resources below. You can watch all of the Meeting the Challenge webinars, and find resources and speaker information related to each webinar, below.

If you attended or watched any of our Climate Impact-supported webinars we’d love your feedback, which you can provide in our viewer feedback survey

Webinar Playlist

Healing with Nature

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Climate Change and COVID-19 are unprecedented challenges facing our planet and are taking a toll on individual mental health. In this webinar learn how to reconnect with nature through connections between nature, mindfulness, and hope for the future. Climate Impact supported two on-site programs at Riverwood following this webinar to give participants the chance to connect with the land in a more personalized way.

Speakers

Stephanie Keeler, Community Program Coordinator, The Riverwood Conservancy
Julianna Alaimo, Placement Student, Peel Psychology and Therapy Centre
Bansi Javiya, Intake Associate, Peel Psychology and Therapy Centre
Arushi Singh, Intake Associate, Peel Psychology and Therapy Centre

Resources

A Room with a Green View: The Importance of Nearby Nature for Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Nature and Mental Health: An Ecosystem Service Perspective
40 Ways to Help Wildlife in your Backyard
10 Ways to Reconnect with Nature During a Pandemic
Bring Nature Indoors
Sierra Club BC Sit Spot Activity
Keeping a Nature Journal

Greening Your Portfolio

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Learn how to align your investments with your environmental values and prevent your money from supporting companies that exacerbate climate change. Gain a better understanding of how low-carbon investing can help the planet while also solidifying your financial future.

Speaker

Carol Smith, Financial Advisor, Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network

Resources

Investing in the Fight Against Climate Change
Climate Change Fact Sheet for Investors
Supply Chain Fact Sheet for Investors
Impact Investment Fact Sheet for Investors
Global Food Security Fact Sheet for Investors
Investing for Change: Profit from Responsible Investment
Our Planet: Too Big to Fail

Green and Resilient Homes

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Learn how to invest in green home improvements, save on utilities, and ensure your home is prepared to withstand the worst effects of climate change. We hear from an expert in green home energy consultations, and experiences from a green homeowner.

Speakers

Chelsea Dalton, Acting Sustainability Manager, University of Toronto Mississauga – Sustainability Office
Stephen Magneron, Lead Energy Consultant, Homesol Building Solutions Inc.

Resources

Canadian Association of Consulting Energy Advisors
Sustainability – It Doesn't Cost the Earth
12 Small Changes to make your Home More Eco-Friendly
Planning & Designing Sustainable Green Homes

Food, Climate, and You

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Learn how you can make a difference in combatting climate change through the foods you eat and reducing food waste and get to know local organizations in Mississauga that promote sustainable food systems.

Speakers

Colin Cotton, Aquaponics Farm Supervisor, The Mississauga Food Bank
Deanna Hove, Food to Table Coordinator, Ecosource

Resources

Map of Peel Community Gardens
Local Food – Ecosource
Aqua Grow Farms – Canada's First Aquaponic Food Bank
Reclaim Fresh: Food Rescue Program – The Mississauga Food Bank
Environmental Impacts of Food Production
Plant-based Diet can Fight Climate Change

Greening Our Community

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We explore the field of green infrastructure and look at the fiscal and environmental benefits of community investment in green projects.

Speaker

Kyle Menken, Technician – Integrated Water, Credit Valley Conservation

Resources

Bioretention and Rain Gardens
Green Roofs
Soakaways, Infiltration Trenches and Chambers
Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition
Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program
Green Infrastructure is Making an Impact in the Region of Peel
GreenBelt: A Green Infrastructure Guide for Small Cities, Towns and Rural Communities

Getting Around Green

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We explore the roles of transit, bikes, and e-vehicles in Mississauga. A panel of local experts from MiWay and the University of Toronto Mississauga joins us to share their thoughts and answer questions from our webinar audience.

Speakers

Patricia Runzer, DTM Team Leader & Community Outreach, MiWay City of Mississauga
Chelsea Dalton, Acting Sustainability Manager, University of Toronto Mississauga – Sustainability Office

Resources

MiWay Furthers the City's Commitment to Climate Change with First-Ever 60 Foot Hybrid-Electric Buses in Ontario
New Hybrid Electric Bus
Plan a Trip Using Public Transit
How to use E-scooters and Bikes with Miway
Mississauga Cycling Map
UTM BikeShare & Rentals

Climate Victory Gardens

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Your yard can help us win the fight against climate change. In this webinar we’ll provide an overview of rain gardens, pollinator gardens, food gardens, and how you can start them.

Speaker

Jeanne McRight, President, Blooming Boulevards

Resources

Climate Victory Gardens
Can Climate Victory Gardens Help Solves the Climate Crisis?
Thousands of People are Growing 'Climate Victory Gardens' to Save the Planet
Making a Difference: Climate Victory Gardens
Reclaiming Victory Gardens from our Racist History
Urban Harvest vegetable seeds
Seeds of Diversity vegetable seeds
Wildflower Farm native plant seeds
North American Native Plant Society native plant seeds