Clean Air Peel Initiatives
Transportation is a major source of air pollution. Initiatives aimed at reducing kilometres travelled by increasing alternative modes of transportation such as walking or cycling, increasing the efficiency of fleets and reducing idling all help improve air quality by reducing pollutants.
Examples of Regional Initiatives
Walk + Roll Peel raises awareness of the benefits of walking and cycling, promotes the existing trails and paths in Peel Region and helps make walking and cycling an attractive recreation and transportation choice. This is a joint initiative of the Region of Peel, Cities of Brampton, Mississauga and Town of Caledon. The goal of this program is to get more people walking and cycling in their communities.
In Peel Region, there are two transportation management associations (TMAs) – Smart Commute Mississauga and Smart Commute Brampton-Caledon. These two TMAs are non-profit organizations. The TMA’s have been working with major employers in the Region such as Husky Injection Molding, Hudson’s Bay Company, Maple Lodge Farm, University of Toronto – Mississauga and Dupont to help employees use more sustainable modes of transportation for their daily commute. This initiative aims to reduce traffic congestion and to take action on climate change through transportation efficiency.
Smart Commute Peel – Employee Trip Reduction
Smart Commute Peel is an employee trip reduction program that encourages and supports Peel Region employees to make commuting easier, healthier and more enjoyable. The goal of the program is to reduce traffic congestion and to take action on climate change through transportation efficiency. This program also helps Regional employees to explore different commuter choices like carpooling, teleworking, transit, cycling, walking or flexible work hours.
Safe and Active Routes to School Initiatives
The Peel Safe and Active Routes to School (PSARTS) Initiative is steered by a community committee with representatives from School Boards (Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board), Peel Region Police and Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. PSARTS is supported jointly by Region of Peel Planning and Health Services. It brings together a number of organizations and works to improve the health of children by educating and encouraging the use of active modes of transportation to and from school, in turn leading to reduced traffic congestion and improved air quality.
The Region has a total of twenty-six hybrid vehicles in its fleet. The Region conducted an analysis on the use of hybrid cars verses non-hybrid cars and results indicate that the hybrid vehicles experience a 46 per cent drop in fuel usage compared to the non-hybrid car over a one-year period. Similarly there was a 46 per cent reduction in CO, emissions when a hybrid vehicle was used versus the non-hybrid car.
Anti-Idling Policy for Regional Vehicles
The Region anti-idling policy limits the idling time of Environment, Transportation and Planning Services vehicles to one minute. The goal of the policy is to reduce air pollution from vehicle and equipment exhausts, create a healthier environment, promote energy (fossil fuel) conservation, reduce noise pollution and reduce wear and service needs on Regional vehicles and equipment.