This Saturday – March 26, Halton Region will join communities around the world by turning out the lights for Earth Hour . Starting at 8:30 p.m., lights and non-essential electrical equipment at Regional facilities, that do not compromise public safety or interfere with essential services, will be turned off for one hour to symbolize the Region’s commitment to fighting climate change.
I encourage Halton residents and businesses to also take action and participate in Earth Hour. Commit to doing what you can to reduce energy for Earth Hour and every day throughout the year.
As part of its efforts to help protect and enhance our environment, Halton Region has a number of on-going initiatives, including:
- Landfill Gas Capture Projectat the Halton Waste Management Site
- Waste diversion programs such as the Blue Box for recycling and the GreenCartfor organics collection
- Halton’s Naturally Green Programdesigned to help residents grow and maintain healthy lawns without the use of pesticides
- Smart Commute Program to promote car-pooling
- Forest management, including protection of the Region’s 1,645 acres of forest
- Halton Region’s Land Stewardship Programto increase the quality and quantity of forested areas
- Halton’s Tree By-law to protect forest ecosystem and prevent clear cutting of woodlands
- Corporate initiatives to reduce energy consumption and use alternative fuels
- Involvement with, and support for, organizations such as the Halton Partners for Clean Air, the GTA Clean Air Council, and Partners for Climate Protection.
In February, Halton Region kicked off its air quality promotion campaign. The program aims to educate Halton residents about the links between air quality, climate change, human health, and the steps they can take to reduce their impact on the environment.
The campaign includes four short videos: Energy Reduction at Home, Energy Reduction on the Road, Active Transportation, Air Quality and Your Health. The videos will be aired on Daily Web TV over the next six months.
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