Join the town and unplug for an hour on March 23, 2013, 8:30 p.m.

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Join the town and unplug for an hour on March 23, 2013, 8:30 p.m.

If it looks a little darker around town on Saturday, March 23 between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., then you know Oakville residents are doing their part for Earth Hour. On March 23, the town will participate by turning off all non-essential lighting at town facilities and is asking residents to join them in supporting Earth Hour 2013.

“Every Oakville resident has a direct impact on this earth. Unplug for 60 minutes during Earth Hour and make a difference in reducing our ecological footprint,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

Town staff will work to reduce energy consumption at town facilities during Earth Hour without compromising public safety or interfering with town services. Measures will include turning off lighting in facilities and parking lots, at the three war memorials in Oakville including Georges Square Cenotaph and Memorial, Trafalgar Memorial and Bronte Memorial, and marquee signage where possible at Town Hall, central operations, southeast depot, the greenhouse, community centres, libraries, the Oakville Centre Performing Arts, pools and arenas.

Do your part by joining the world Earth Hour team! Sign up on the World Wildlife Federation Earth Hour website. Turn off the lights, turn down the thermostat, unplug the TV, DVD player, microwave, clock radio and computer … and enjoy the quiet. You can also visit Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. website for year-round energy conservation tips.

Take a picture of yourself showing how you participated in Earth Hour 2013 and tweet @townofoakville or post on the Town of Oakville Facebook page for a chance to win a basket filled with energy-saving products.

Conserving energy is a priority for the town and several initiatives are in place to reduce energy use and share information with the public. A few of these programs include:

Hosting the Annual Energy Conservation Fair on May 25, 2013
Installing solar panels at Town Hall and other town facilities
Upgrading the Building Automation Systems at large town facilities
Sixteen Mile Sports Complex certified LEED Gold and positioning Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, and the Oakville Transit facility as LEED Silver/Gold contenders

Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc. will measure the impact of Earth Hour initiatives in our community and will provide the results of the town’s participation.

Earth Hour is a global lights-out initiative created by the World Wildlife Fund to demand action on climate change.

Visit the energy conservation page for more information on the town’s initiatives

For more information, contact:

Suzanne Madder
Research Policy Analyst
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3910

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville

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Join the town and unplug for an hour on March 23, 2013, 8:30 p.m.