Participate in Earth Hour this Saturday

Halton Region encourages all residents and businesses to participate in Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Earth Hour is an annual, world-wide event, organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The event encourages businesses and households to turn off non-essential lights and appliances for one hour.

Earth Hour

The purpose of Earth Hour is to bring awareness about the importance of taking action to fight climate change. Earth Hour brings people together for a common goal; to think about our role in climate change and consider the steps we can take toward greener, sustainable living.

Halton Region is focused on making positive changes to help minimize our impact on climate change. Corporate Sustainability is noted as a key initiative in the 2012-2014 Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan. Residents have indicated that this initiative is of great importance in Halton.

Internally, Halton staff has developed a Corporate Sustainability Action Plan. This is our plan of how we will meet the sustainability priority set in the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan as a corporation.

The plan focuses on several initiatives:

  1. Corporate Facilities and Land Management – Energy Star electronic equipment (printers, photocopiers, computer monitors) used in all Halton Regional facilities
  2. Transportation and Fleet Management – reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions and other air pollutants associated with transportation
  3. Corporate Energy Management – reduce energy consumption, participate in energy conservation programs
  4. Water Conservation and Waste Management – increase water diversion at corporate facilities; Green Cart program expanded to all Regional facilities
  5. Green Procurement – include sustainable practices and products for bid calls and future contracts of goods and services
  6. Sustainability Culture – reduce paper use, paperless Council meetings

Starting at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, lights and non-essential electrical equipment at Regional facilities, those that do not compromise public safety or interfere with essential services, will be turned off for one hour in support of this global initiative.

I encourage you to join other communities across the world in this event to show your commitment to fight climate change. Turn off all non-essential lights and appliances in your own home during Earth Hour. Spend some time thinking about what you and your family can do to reduce your energy consumption.

What can you do to live more energy efficiently? How will you make a difference?

For tips on what you can do to reduce climate change, please visit our website www.halton.ca.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at  gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”