Join the world team: Earth Hour this Saturday

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – for immediate release

Join the world team: Earth Hour this Saturday

The town will shut off all non-essential lighting at their facilities this Saturday, March 31 between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. as part of Earth Hour 2012.

“Every Oakville resident can make a difference in reducing our ecological footprint and Earth Hour is one easy way to take that first step,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

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

Join the world team! Sign up on the World Wildlife Fund 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 the Oakville Hydro website for year round energy conservation tips.

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, 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.

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

The town is involved in a number of energy conservation initiatives including:

Hosting the annual Energy Conservation Fair on June 2, 2012
Installing solar panels at Town Hall this spring
Upgrading the Building Automation Systems at large town facilities
Positioning Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre as a LEED Silver contender

The town also received a Federation of Canadian Municipalities Award earlier this year for sustainable building design procedure, energy management, and LEED readiness for the new Oakville Transit facility and Sixteen Mile Sports Complex. For more information on the town’s many energy conservation initiatives visit the Energy Conservation page.

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For more information, contact:

Suzanne Madder
Research Policy Analyst
905-845-6601, ext. 3910
smadder@oakville.ca

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
905-338-4244
mmilhomens@oakville.ca


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Join the world team: Earth Hour this Saturday