Burlington will participate in Earth Hour

For Immediate Release - Feb .20, 2009

BURLINGTON, ON – The City of Burlington encourages all residents and businesses to participate in Earth Hour, a global energy conservation initiative. Burlington residents and businesses can show their support for Earth Hour by turning off all unnecessary lighting for one hour on Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 p.m.

"The City of Burlington is proud to once again be joining with the rest of the world and participating in Earth Hour," said Mayor Cam Jackson. "Changing our attitude and behaviour towards environmental sustainability in our everyday lives has a tremendous positive effect on our community. We can all do our part."

The City of Burlington is just one of many communities joining with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to take part in this initiative. Last year the City of Burlington was able to reduce our energy consumption by 6.6 per cent during Earth Hour. Once again, Burlington Hydro will monitor the amount of energy used during Earth Hour and compare the results to an average day for the same time period to calculate the savings. Burlington residents and business owners can register for Earth Hour at http://wwf.ca/earthhour to have their show of support identified.

Turning unnecessary lights off is an easy way to conserve energy and lessen our impact on the environment. There are also many other ways that residents and businesses can save energy and reduce their carbon footprint, such as:

  • Install energy efficient lighting
  • Utilize Energy Star-rated appliances and equipment where possible
  • Dress warmer and lower temperature settings in cooler months
  • Unplug chargers when not in use and don’t leave equipment on standby for long periods

The City of Burlington reminds all residents to celebrate a safe Earth Hour by following these fire safety tips:

  • In public buildings and residential complexes, keep sufficient lights on to illuminate the path to an exit.
  • Be cautious when using candles. Never leave the room when a candle is burning and consider using battery-operated flameless LED candles instead.
  • If using real candles, keep them away from drapes and decorations. Place the candle in a sturdy container that contains the flame.
  • Keep candles, lighters and matches away from children and pets.

Sydney, Australia first initiated Earth Hour on March 31, 2007. More than two million Sydney businesses and households turned off their lights for one hour. Inspired by the collective effort of millions of Sydneysiders, many communities around the world joined Earth Hour in 2008, turning it into a global movement.

For more information on the City of Burlington and the Earth Hour initiative, please visit the city’s website at www.burlington.ca or call Lynn Robichaud, Senior Environmental Co-ordinator, at 905-335-7600, ext. 7931 or e-mail robichaudl@burlington.ca.


Communications Contact:
Sean O'Brady
Communications Advisor
Tel. 905-335-7600, ext. 7531
Fax. 905-632-9082
E-mail obradys@burlington.ca

Media Contact:
Lynn Robichaud
Senior Coordinator Environmental Services
Tel. 905-335-7600, ext. 7931
Fax. 905-332-7820
E-mail robichaudl@burlington.ca




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