This Saturday, March 31, Halton Region will join communities around the world by turning out the lights for Earth Hour. A global initiative led by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour encourages communities and individuals around the world to turn out their lights for one hour to symbolize their commitment to fighting climate change.
On March 31, from 8:30 – 9:30 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. Halton Region also encourages local residents and businesses to turn out lights and non-essential electrical appliances and show their support for action on climate change.
At Halton Region we are committed to reducing our ecological footprint and integrating sustainable practices into our operations. Corporate Sustainability is one of the priorities of the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan. As part of our commitment to sustainability, Halton Region has undertaken several initiatives to help protect and enhance our environment, including:
- Landfill Gas Capture Project at the Halton Waste Management Site
- Waste diversion programs such as the Blue Box for recycling and the GreenCart for organics collection
- Halton’s Naturally Green Program
- Smart Commute Program to promote car-pooling
- Forest Management, including protection of the Region’s 1,645 acres of forest
- Corporate initiatives to reduce energy consumption and use alternative fuels, including a commitment to reduce energy consumption 15 per cent by 2015
- Involvement with, and support for, organizations such as the Halton Partners for Clean Air, the GTA Clean Air Council, and Partners for Climate Protection.
To join Team Earth Hour and pledge your participation, visit www.wwf.ca/earthhour/get_involved.
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