Burlington Counts Itself In for Conservation Challenge

For immediate release: July 29, 2009

All residents are asked to compete and conserve on August 14

The City of Burlington is one of many communities taking part in the Count Me In! Community Challenge. The challenge is taking place until August 14, the anniversary of the blackout that occurred in parts of North America in 2003.

As part of the campaign, Burlington residents are asked to pledge a commitment and to create a personalized conservation plan at www.countmeinontario.ca, from now until August 14. All Ontarians who take the Count Me In! pledge online or by calling 1-877-261-1133 will also have the chance to win one of three grand prizes and are eligible for daily prizes from now until August 14.

The City of Burlington and Burlington Hydro will have displays up around the city to encourage residents to pledge their participation and to provide more information about the challenge.

Look for the Count Me In! display booth at the following locations:

Tansley Woods completed
Wednesday, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Central Library
Tuesday, August 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Seniors Centre
Wednesday, August 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Discovery Landing
Thursday, August 6 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

City Hall
Monday, August 10 to Thursday, August 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day

Appleby Ice Centre
Friday, August 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Participating municipalities can compete in two different categories:

  • The highest percentage drop in electricity consumption on August 14 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.), and
  • The highest per capita participation in the Count Me In! pledge drive (until 8 p.m. on August 14).

Results of the two province-wide challenges will be announced at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Annual Conference on August 19th in Ottawa.

“Energy conservation is essential as we all do our part to fight climate change and contribute to cleaner air in our community,” said Mayor Cam Jackson. “The people of Burlington have always risen to a challenge and I know we will pull out all the stops to take the title from other Ontario municipalities.”

For more information about energy conservation programs check out Burlington Hydro’s website www.burlingtonhydro.com. For more information about the city’s environmental initiatives, please visit the city’s website at www.burlington.ca (under the Living in Burlington drop down menu).

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Communications Contact:
Victoria Miecznikowski
Communications Advisor
Tel. 905-335-7600 ext. 7835
Fax. 905-632-9082
Email. miecznikowskiv@burlington.ca

Media Contact:
Ken Pirhonen
Coordinator, Project Management – Energy
905-335-7600 ext. 7408
Email. pirhonenk@burlington.ca

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